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Publisher's Summary

Der neue große Roman der Bestsellerautorin:

Julius Birdwell, Goldschmiedemeister, Flohdompteur und unfreiwilliger Einbruchkünstler, wünscht sich nichts sehnlicher, als endlich eine ruhige, unbescholtene Existenz führen zu können. Doch als seine Flohartisten einem plötzlichen Nachtfrost zum Opfer fallen und die geheimnisvolle Elizabeth Thorn in sein Leben tritt, überstürzen sich die Ereignisse.

Ein Magier wird ohnmächtig, eine alte Dame macht sich in einem gestohlenen Lastwagen davon, ein Detektiv mit Konzentrationsstörungen findet zu einem ungewöhnlichen Haustier. Und plötzlich steht Julius vor einer Reihe ungelöster Fragen: Wie befreit man eine Meerjungfrau? Wie viele Flöhe passen auf eine Nadelspitze? Und warum ist das Leben trotz allem kein Märchen? Julius bleibt nichts anderes übrig, als sich weit über den Tellerrand seiner Welt hinauszulehnen und den Sprung ins Unbekannte zu wagen. Ein phantastisches Abenteuer beginnt...
©2014 Leonie Swann / Goldmann Verlag (P)2014 Der Hörverlag
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By Binia on 11-22-14

Unforgettable

What did you love best about Dunkelsprung?

The best part of this book is Leonie Swann's writing - she has a beautifully fresh, wonderfully descriptive and unique style, which I immediately fell in love with. I enjoyed every minute of this book and of these words... they kept surprising me, delighting me and making me laugh out loud.

What did you like best about this story?

This is an original story unlike anything I have ever read. There are quite a few points of view here, various strange, quirky characters who we get to inhabit, but my absolute favorite experience was slipping into the strong, sleek bodies of Julius' bold and beautiful fleas. Die Floehe wuerden dieses Buch bestimmt als einen "grossen Sprung" bezeichnen :)

What about Andrea Sawatzki’s performance did you like?

The narrator did a really good job of capturing the tone of the book. Her reading definitely brought out subtleties, ironies and humor in the story. She is not by any means a master narrator, didn't really have different voices for different characters or any fancy tricks up her sleeve, but that did not detract from my enjoyment of the book at all. Tiny complaint: this is a German book but it is set in London, so the characters and places have English names. I was slightly irritated by the narrator's heavy German accent every time she said "Julius Birdwell" or any other name.

If you could rename Dunkelsprung, what would you call it?

Dunkelsprung is the perfect name for this book.

Any additional comments?

This one is something special. December is about to commence, so I feel confident in saying that this is and will remain my favorite book this year. You may want to skip this if your German is not very good, but if you are a (near) native speaker I don't see how you could not love this book for the gorgeous language alone.

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