• The Good Soldier Schweik

  • The Rollicking Humorous Ribald Story of Soldiers in World War 1 Carrying on and Living and Dying in War, Worthy of Catch 22 Fame
  • By: Jaroslav Hasek
  • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • 1.7 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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The Good Soldier Schweik

By: Jaroslav Hasek
Narrated by: Deaver Brown
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The rollicking humorous ribald story of soldiers in World War I carrying on and living and dying in war, worthy of Catch-22 fame. Translated from German into modern American English with a simplification of place names, as well as people's names, to not distract the American listener from unfamiliar names and places and stay focused on the story itself.

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Wonderful story ruined by poor narration

I’ve read the story several times previously and thoroughly enjoyed Hasek’s writing. The narrator for this is atrocious. He doesn’t know how to pronounce the Czech and German names, and he can’t read with fluency. He is constantly pausing as he prepares for the next part of the sentence, so there is no ‘flow’ to the narration.

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Narrator sounds drunk

Classic book butchered by eccentric narration. It's difficult to distinguish which character is speaking at any given time. Can't possibly listen to more than a few minutes at a time. To make it even worse there is an inane tinkling background tune which also contributes to this fingernails on the black board experience! Ugh!

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Horrible

Good story, horror to follow with this reading. Don't recommend it; buy the book or wait for a different version.

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great story but terrible performance

great story but performance totally terrible. Read by someone who can’t read very well pauses in the middle of sentences sound really bad

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  • David Lee
  • 02-14-20

Dismal narration of an outstanding novel

An outstanding work ruined by poor narration. Is the tinkling musak in the background intended to distract the listener from Deaver Brown's appalling reading? The book demands to be read, but this audio version is so awful I cannot imagine anyone listening to it for more than a few minutes.

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  • S. Mcdonald
  • 04-11-21

I love this book, but this audio book is awful

this is the worst audio book I have heard. The reader doesn't even try to pronounce the Czech words, just saying 'nearby' for place-names, whatymacallit for long words or misses them out completely. There are weird pauses and misreading. The notes are read out of context in strange places. My favourite bit is the belch (complete with apology) which hasn't been edited out. This is no way to treat this novel.

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