The Tin Drum

  • by Günter Grass
  • Narrated by Paul Michael Garcia
  • 25 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Tin Drum deals with the rise of Nazism and with the war experience in the unique cultural setting of Danzig, by Nobel Prize-winning author Günter Grass.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the original publication of this runaway best-seller, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, along with Grass's publishers all over the world, offer a new translation of this classic novel. Breon Mitchell, acclaimed translator and scholar, has drawn from many sources. The result is a translation that is faithful to Grass's style and rhythm, restores omissions, and reflects more fully the complexity of the original work. After 50 years, The Tin Drum has, if anything, gained in power and relevance.


What the Critics Say

This is a new translation of the classic novel, offered on the fiftieth anniversary of its original publication.
"Grass is one of the master fabulists of our age." (Times)
"The Tin Drum itself remains a very great novel, as daring and imaginative as Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude or Toni Morrison's Beloved." (Washington Post)
"The Tin Drum will become one of the enduring literary works of the twentieth century." (Swedish Academy, awarding Günter Grass the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1999)


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I bought this book because I'd heard it was a classic and because the excerpt sounded witty. I like byzantine writing styles used to humorous effect and I like long books and I've got a pretty strong stomach when it comes to disgusting scenes described in gruesome detail thanks to an adolescence spent reading horror thrillers and Russian literature but this tome did me in. Wittiness wears thin after 5 of 6 hours when it leads to nothing. I got through the first 8 hour chunk of this book all right, no longer amused but still tolerant. I made it all the way to the "fizz powder" and had to call it quits. All I can say in description of this book comes down to "yuck!"
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- Alyssa "I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett."

One of the greatest works of the 20th Century

Strange, irreverent, satirical fable set around world war II era. Often difficult and disturbing yet always comical, enjoyable and entirely essential for the literary minded. Well worth the credit. One of the greatest literary works of the 20th century--along with One Hundred Years of Solitude by Marquez--another title I hope audible gets soon.
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- Guillermo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-08-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.