Goethe's masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature, Faust has made the legendary German alchemist one of the central myths of the Western world. Here indeed is a monumental Faust, an audacious man boldly wagering with the devil, Mephistopheles, that no magic, sensuality, experience or knowledge can lead him to a moment he would wish to last forever.
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"Where's Part II???"
This audio book is advertised as unabridged, and true it is the unabridged recording of Part I of George Madison Priest's excellent translation of Goethe's classic story, but where is Part II? I feel that calling this an unabridged version is very misleading - in fact I feel cheated out of hearing the centuries long controversial redemption of Goethe's Faust at the end of Part II. Hope Audible corrects this and publishes Part II - unabridged.
"Great work, decent translation, poor narration"
This is such a deep, architectonic work for Western civilzation -- and at the same time filled with wonderful humor. Goethe was a master.
It was laborious and monotonic. I can understand that there would be difficulties dealing with the poem's meter and rhyme, but frequently I had the sense that he hadn't practiced and was just reading it through for the first time -- strange, misplaced pauses, inadequate differentiation of mood and tone. The reading did nothing to illuminate the text -- quite the opposite.
"Naught more absurd in this world can I find ..."
... Than is a devil who despairs.
Sitting on the shelf with the children of Homer, Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, Milton and Coleridge, Goethe's Faust is amazing in its poetry and depth. There are parts of this play/poem which seem to capture the whole drama of Man's fall and redemption within a single rhyming couplet.
David Constatine's translation modernizes this amazing piece of High German lit, but George Madison Priest's translation (THIS translation) seems, at least to me, to have a more seductive flow and more tempting poetry. Tim Habager's rnarration flirts with Priest's translation with a musical, clear and headlong force.
"Lifeless performance of a classic - waste of time!"
Faust is Faust, there's rich character in the exchanges.
I love the story, I didn't like anything at all about this performance of it, except that it was an excellent sleep-aid.
Quite monotone, listless pace. He has a great voice but the performance he gave here was not easy to endure.
I was having trouble parsing the play to begin with which is one of the reasons I decided to listen to an audio version. From experience with Shakespeare, I know that sometimes you just have to listen to "catch" the rhythm and meaning.
But listening to the narration by Tim Habeger, I got the sense that he didn't understand it either. While he wasn't quite monotone, his inflection wasn't matching up with the what the text was trying to say. It seemed to me like he was reading the play like he would read any other poem, without regard for the actual story.
On top of that, he mis-read multiple words in the prologue. For instance, he read "ever" as "over" and "through" as "though". In my mind, it really sounded like he was reading Faust for the very first time while narrating - and this just ISN'T the type of story you can read cold like that and have it make any sense at all.
I'm going to revisit this at some point and when I do I'll come back and adjust my star rating for the story but I didn't even make it out of the prologues in this audible version.
"Faust! But reading... ouch!"
Put fine wine in a red Solo cup and leave it out overnight. This flat and bitter gutter scup will less than this reading taste a fright.
"A good read"
The classic story is more easily- followed in this format. Narrator is a little too theatr
"Painful to listen to"
I've been wanting to read Faust forever, but this performance was extremely hard to listen to. I had to give up. They Read stage directions out loud...
"Only Faust Pt 1"
This does not include second part of Faust. Not an easy audiobook to listen to. Even with constant backing up, I don't think i got everything out of it
"Would have been nice if it was both parts"
reader is great. poem is great...but the description leads you to believe it is both parts, and it is not.
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