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Harry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy. He struggles to reconcile the wild, primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the bourgeois values he despises. His life changes dramatically when he meets a woman who is his opposite, the carefree and elusive Hermine.

With its blend of Eastern mysticism and Western culture, Steppenwolf, Hesse' best-known and most autobiographical work, originally published in English in 1929, continues to speak to our souls as a classic of modern literature.

©1927 S. Fischer Verlag A. G., Berlin. Renewal copyright 1955 Hermann Hesse. English translation copyright B 1929 Henry Holt and Company. Renewal copyright 1957 Hermann Hesse. Revised translation copyright 1963 Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, Inc. Author's note copyright 1961 Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt Am Main (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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The voice is gravelly and sometimes hard to follow

The book is a classic and for a reason, it deals with the disenchantment of midlife.

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  • Anon
  • 10-01-18

Superb

Steppenwolf is an outstanding classic. I had no preconceptions about this book - with no previous idea what the book was about. It’s now one of my favourites. The story is about a man who is clearly fed up with life and while he finds some things stimulating is numb to most of life and the world around him. The story evolves from there and really is superb. I loved the part where Hesse describes us as half wolf, half human: when the wolf is in charge it is happy but the human despises it; when the human is in control the wolf despises it. He’s suggesting that whether doing what we think is right OR whether following our animal instincts we’re never fully happy. He then challenges this. Brilliant. And superb narration!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-04-18

Brief rev.

Once you loose yourself in the character of steppenwolf, the story flows beautifully. Especially with the soothing deep voice of this particular narrator.

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  • O'Dowd
  • 20-09-16

great listen!

Excellent reading of a powerful book. Highly recommended for all Hesse fans and those new to his work.

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  • Joff
  • 21-01-09

Great

A fantastic, moving book. A timeless tale and the best I've listened to so far. Great narration too. A+

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  • LC
  • 02-02-21

An amazing story

I listened to this one for the first time and found it to be a very engaging and thought provoking story, touching on many aspects of identity and self perception. I expect I will listen to it again as I think this type of book needs reading/listening multiple times to get the lost out of it.

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  • truebuyer101
  • 05-09-20

It's narrated by Robocop.It's Steppenwolf.

I love this story. It's essentially about a lone lost nomad hating life. Hesse beautifully describes in vivid detail the ups and downs of the protagonist. I've laughed and cried reading this book. It relates to the reader throughout all parts of their lives. Well it did for me anyway.
If your reading this you have probably already read the paperback so I don't need to tell you the story. First time readers don't want spoilers anyway
Eitherway I recommend you listen to the narrated version here. Why you say?
For me, I love the story as said above and I will happily put Robocop in my top 10 movies. To see that Peter Weller narrated this blew my mind. But when I searched this book on audible or wherever I didn't know that. So when I saw that Peter Weller was narrating I had to listen.
It was the same story and it was spoken really well. Peter seems to know and relate.
I love the quote 'you learned how to play the violin....'but you never learned to dance. (shortened no spoilers).
I'm not a on Amazon employee...listen to this. It will cheer a sad person up.

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  • omar
  • 01-09-20

read it when your grow restless and older

For those who understand the struggles of a midlife crisis. Gonna name my harley steppenwolf.

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  • james
  • 03-06-20

wow, I was ready for that

One of my new favourite books! Waited till I was 57 and practicing zen bhuddism! I think that helped in finding this book so magical, transformative and overal amazing. Great performance too. Pablo awaits, time for a laugh.

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  • C K
  • 20-01-19

A masterpiece both of author and reader

An ephemeral rollercoaster journey through the human condition read expertly by Robocop's Peter Weller.

Introspective, thought provoking, and at certain points uncomfortable - but an experience worth undertaking. As the story itself concedes: not for everyone!

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  • L. Taylor
  • 18-01-19

Mysterious

I’ll have whatever HH is smoking please...

I was pleased with the narration, a good fit.

Hesse’s preface was useful as there were many occasions during my listen that I felt lost or disinterested. I suspect some of the content is a mystery to me, lacking the pre-requisite experiences and logos. I could also certainly see how many would identify with the early descriptions of the Steppenwolf.

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  • Engineer
  • 01-09-17

Amazing.

An equisite narration of an equally perfect book. If you're a MGTOW it's a must read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-01-21

It's bigbrain time

An interesting and introspective listen, similar thematically to The Glass Bead Game but equally unique.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-08-20

Superb and exquisite.

A superb and exquisite parable of life and mankind’s quest for truth and the eternal unchanging.