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Effi Briest (abridged)

Gelesen von Margaret Espaillat

(4,375 Sterne; 16 Bewertungen)

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

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Chapters 2 and 3

21:46

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Chapter 4

27:47

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Chapter 5

18:45

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Chapter 6

21:37

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Chapter 7

16:24

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Chapter 8

14:36

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Chapter 9

28:10

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Chapters 10 and 11

24:58

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Chapter 12

15:14

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Chapter 13

18:43

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Chapters 14 and 15

26:51

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Chapters 16 and 17

21:00

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Chapters 18-20

28:42

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Chapter 21

25:29

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Chapters 22 and 23

20:34

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Chapters 24 and 25

39:21

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Chapters 26-28

29:33

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Chapters 29-31

23:03

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Chapter 32

31:04

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Chapters 33 and 34

24:03

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Chapter 35

19:06

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Chapter 36

15:09

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Bewertungen

very poor abridgment

(3 Sterne)

Margaret Espaillat reading is excellent as always. But this translation of a very important type of fiction sounded like from a to b and back again over and over again due to its poor editing. Concede i've only reached about 4/5's of audio book and a good dramatic ending seems will not happen. And if it did, It would be made ridiculous with such a truncated translation. i know i should learn German then, but some of us have various barriers to learning a new language, especially for we late middle agers and our wise elders. Whether this was pruned recently or by the translator in 1939, its analogous to a tall complex hedge row trimmed to 1 foot high and a foot deep. three stars mostly for Margaret's reading

Very good

(5 Sterne)

I tried to read this in German for school, but it was so boring and one could swear the author never heard the saying "show, don't tell". I found the audio book more bearable. Having read the German and English versions, I feel I can confidently say, the only thing which made this enjoyable was the way in which the story was delivered in the audio book.

(5 Sterne)

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

(3 Sterne)

Poor Effi. 'Twas a hard life.

Enjoyable!

(5 Sterne)

Excellent narration and interesting story.