Effi Briest (abridged)


Read by Margaret Espaillat

(4.7 stars; 6 reviews)

Effi Briest is a classic of Prussian Realism, relatively unknown in the English speaking world, but widely taught in German schools. This tragic tale tells the story of Effi, a young woman from an old and respectable family who, due to a sense of duty, marries Geert von Instetten, a much older Prussian official. The tragedy unfolds as a consequence of Instetten's strict following of his duties in society in response to his wife's indiscretions. Thomas Mann once wrote that if one's library had to be reduced to six books, Effi Briest should be one of them. (Summary by Margaret ) (8 hr 51 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 19:12 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapters 2 and 3 21:46 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapter 4 27:47 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapter 5 18:45 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapter 6 21:37 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapter 7 16:24 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapter 8 14:36 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapter 9 28:10 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapters 10 and 11 24:58 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapter 12 15:14 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapter 13 18:43 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapters 14 and 15 26:51 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapters 16 and 17 21:00 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapters 18-20 28:42 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapter 21 25:29 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapters 22 and 23 20:34 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapters 24 and 25 39:21 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapters 26-28 29:33 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapters 29-31 23:03 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapter 32 31:04 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapters 33 and 34 24:03 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapter 35 19:06 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapter 36 15:09 Read by Margaret Espaillat

Reviews

(5 stars)

This was a beautiful and somewhat tragic story. I loved it. Many thanks to Margaret for bringing this book to life!

Enjoyable!

(5 stars)

Excellent narration and interesting story.