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Buddenbrooks

The Decline of a Family
Narrated by: David Rintoul
Length: 26 hrs and 57 mins
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First published in 1900, when Thomas Mann was 25, Buddenbrooks is a minutely imagined chronicle of four generations of a North German mercantile family - a work so true to life that it scandalized the author's former neighbours in his native Lübeck.

As he charts the Buddenbrooks' decline from prosperity to bankruptcy, from moral and psychic soundness to sickly piety, artistic decadence and madness, Mann ushers the reader into a world of rich vitality, pieced together from births and funerals, weddings and divorces, recipes, gossip and earthy humour. It is perhaps the first great family saga of modern literature, and it brought to public notice a writer of world stature who, three decades later, was to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. David Rintoul gives one of his finest performances in this committed and deeply moving reading.

©1993 Alfred A Knopf (P)2016 Ukemi Productions Ltd

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  • Hugh M. Clarke
  • 01-04-2017

Five Star

One of the best readings I have yet heard. David Rintoul's performance was perfect throughout. The intensity and the gentle humour of the novel were beautifully delivered. I hope we can have a recording of Mann's "Doctor Faustus" with the same reader.

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  • MR
  • 09-09-2017

Absolutely superb!

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It seems superfluous to say what a wonderful story this is or how convincing the characters are when it is such a well known masterpiece. Ultimately what matters most for the listener to a great Audible classic like this is the quality of the narrator's performance. David Rintoul makes this an unforgettable experience. His perfectly paced and insightful narration drives a truly gripping story all the way to its inevitable and tragic denouement while his brilliant portrayals of Thomas, Antonie, Christian, and Hanno, Bendix Grünlich, Alois Permaneder, and Hugo Weinschenk bring the main characters vividly to life.

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  • Elvis Patterson
  • 12-01-2017

The German Middlemarch

Very enjoyable reading of a clever translation, which catches the nuances of pre-unification German society. The decline of a mercantile family, often humorously drawn, played out against the seismic changes of the 19th century. Highly recommended.

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  • Mr. D. Mcaleer
  • 13-01-2018

beautifully performed.

a masterwork of European litterature mapping the decline of protestant, pre-war Germany. A monumental work superbly read.

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  • Bookaholic
  • 09-05-2017

Truly wonderful narration!

Excellent narration by David Rintoul on what must have seemed like a marathon! I am sure he must have been very tired of Toni and "life" by the end! Probably a well researched story, but much too long - thank goodness for David Rintoul.

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  • Dr Robert H G White
  • 07-01-2020

Masterpiece

Absolutely gripping and profound Nobel Prize winner, an intricate family saga exploring the immorality of business, beautifully narrated by Rintoul

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  • gill
  • 06-04-2019

super listen to a great book.

loved this book. so very well read. i was so sorry when it was finished.

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  • Anne Gjelsvik
  • 24-03-2019

A truly great classic

A wonderful novel, capturing the life of a family and the change of time. A true masterpiece. Excellent narrated by Rintoul. Highly recommendable

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-11-2018

wonderful listen but you have to persevere

The narrator should be applauded for such a captivating rendition of a classic. It really is worth the listen.