Lotte Lenya reads "Up In The Gallery", "The Cares of a Family Man", "The Bucket Rider", "A Hunger Artist", and "A Fratricide".
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A very interesting set of recordings. Once I'd got used to Lotte Lenya's (Rosa Klebbe in 'From Russia with Love') accent (which didn't take long), this was a delight. She gives a very impassioned rendering of the stories and the the musical backing adds to the intensity of the reading, though it would have been fine without it.
She was an inspired choice to narrate. I wonder if there are any other recordings in the archives?
Yes...if the was no music score running behind the narration....
Just couldn't separate the narration and music.
Lotte's slavic pronunciation of English was the final nail in the coffin...
...I reckon this is the one exception to the rule that audiobooks are the 'stereo' to the physical books 'mono'....
Old fashion production. Its affected style contrasts with Kafka's understated tone. The recordings are limited to a couple of hours and exclude some of Kafka's best short stories.
I love Kafka but unfortunately the narrator has a very thick accent and it was hard to follow. I speak several languages and understand the need to be clear and concise. I also would have liked it if each short story was named beforehand. Disappointing.
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