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Faust: Parts I & II

Narrateur(s): Philippe Duquenoy
Durée: 10 h et 49 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (2 évaluations)

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Faust has long been considered one of the most important works of European literature ever published. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe began writing Faust in the 1770s while still a young man, spending most of his adult life on the project. Faust was finally finished almost 50 years later, near the end of his life.

Faust is a philosophical drama full of humor, satire, and tragedy. In Part 1, the demon Mephistopheles makes a bet with God that he can lure Faust from the path of good. Faust is in the middle of a personal crisis when he is visited by the demon. Mephistopheles successfully lures Faust into putting his soul on the line for a chance at true happiness but the deal only leads to tragedy.

In Part 2, the tragedy has faded and Faust now finds himself on a new path of adventure as he strives to redeem himself and is eventually released from his evil pact with the demon.

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Probably better in book form

Good performance, Many a bit slower to accommodate the dense prose.
Hard to follow in audio format.
Great story and translation.

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  • David Sanders
  • 2018-03-15

Wonderful Performance

After listening to the other samples I decided to give this version a shot. I was definitely not disappointed in the least bit as Mr. Duquenoy put on a masterful performance throughout the entire book. Another deciding factor, both parts of the poem/play are included in this version, many of the other books seem to only include the first part.

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  • Charlie
  • 2018-07-07

Simply Spectacular!!

Faust is one of those thought provoking classics that depicts how our actions have consequences. The narrator really did an incredible job in his performance of this book… his voice was a pleasure to listen to. Great book to add to your collection!

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  • Theo
  • South Africa
  • 2018-12-01

english is to german...

...as great is to good when it comes to Faust. I expected some challenges with the German to English translation as Faust is a poetic work...and I could sense that this was not originally written in English. Seeing as I cannot read German, I have to admit that this translation did not disappoint - I really enjoyed it. As for the audiobook aspect of it - I was tempted to down the book less than 30mins into it and get a printed copy. It was difficult to follow. Then it dawned on me - Faust was not meant to be read, it was meant to be heard (seen actually - as a play). So hearing it grew on me. It is still difficult to follow and I had to strain my imagination but it was worth it.

Faust is a story that one should cover a couple of times. This was my first pass and I need at least another two to get out of it what I was hoping to. Part I sets the bar really high, and Part II frustrated me at times - but it combines in an epic tale without which Part I would be half-baked.

As for the narration - I think it was expertly done but for something as challenging as Faust, I expected a slightly more diversified reading style - perhaps multiple actors / narrators with different styles for Faust and Mephistopheles at least. I listen to many books at 1.5x or even 2x speed, but Faust is something that should be listened to at 0.75x or perhaps even 0.5x. I needed it slower with more deliberate pauses. There's a lot to take in, a lot to visualise and imagine, a lot to digest and for that the narration was a bit too challenging for me.

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  • Lawrence M. Hudson
  • Tempe AZ
  • 2019-05-22

A hard work, made more difficult by the production

This is hard stuff. I will continue to search for a better production. I like the Bayard Taylor translation. The rhyming scheme transcends the speakers, so perhaps that is why the producer thought he could get away with a single voice. That single voice, though, also speaks the name of the character, and having destroyed the rhythm with that, proceeds to recite the lines in a voice that does not vary between characters. There are lots of characters. Even bugs have something to say. This would require a big cast or a very skillful actor, like Ian McKellen or Juliet Stevenson. Failing that, the result is sing-song and tedious.

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  • REYW
  • 2019-08-15

How can you even attempt to write a "review" of such a universal masterpice?

By just stating what seem so obvious; The fact that this is one of the best books ever and truly a masterpiece, probably it can compel somebody to read it or listen to it. It has so many insights in to the nature of the human being and the desire to be selfish, the need to know and the product of all the forces fighting inside an individual that want to follow his / her true nature , even against themself, the heart and mind always will produce good if the search is honest.

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  • William Crosby
  • LAKEWOOD, OH
  • 2019-03-29

Worst narration of a book yet

I hated the narration of Faust so much that I abandoned it about 5 scenes into the work. Having read this book many years ago, I was looking forward to experiencing it as an audiobook. What's the problem? The reader has the wrong accent and no dramatic sense. It borders on robotic.

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  • Bjorn
  • Morristown, NJ
  • 2018-08-05

Concise

Reader phrased well. Translator portrayed well. Author knew all was well. Faust went not to Hell. And the enemy is naught but a worthless fool who carves out attention from those foolish enough to believe themselves worthless.

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