The Wall

The Wall

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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The 2012 adaptation of this classic dystopian novel is directed by Julian Roman Polsler and stars internationally renowned actress Martina Gedeck. "I can allow myself to write the truth; all the people for whom I have lied throughout my life are dead..." writes the heroine of Marlen Haushofer's The Wall, a quite ordinary, unnamed middle-aged woman who awakens to find she is the last living human being. Surmising her solitude is the result of a military experiment gone awry, she begins the terrifying work of not only survival but also self-renewal. The Wall is at once a simple and moving journal-with talk of potatoes and beans, of hoping for a calf, of counting matches, of forgetting the taste of sugar and the use of one's name-and a disturbing meditation on twentieth-century history.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781481594554
1481594559
Call Number: EAUDIOBOOK HOOPLA
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (9hr., 15 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Mazur, Kathe
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IV27HUjg
Mar 22, 2016

The narrator was excellent & this was an 'adult' read/audio with no zombies, monsters or space aliens. I stayed tuned into the daily events of the main (only) human character with interest to her needs of routine & self-sufficiency.

Not to spoil - I waited, almost with baited breath, as her days unfolded. The companionship of the animals was an added bonus.

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Urbano
Jan 31, 2015

An ordinary middle-aged woman travels with her friends to a hunting lodge in the Austrian Alps. Upon arrival, her friends walk down to the village inn while she stays in. When she awakes in the morning, they haven't returned. Gradually, the woman comes to realize she is the last human left, safe but trapped behind an invisible wall along with a dog, a cat and a cow. Slowly, she begins the difficult work of surviving not only physically but also emotionally.
I loved this story, published in 1963 and hauntingly narrated on audio by Kathe Mazur. Though there's no plot as such, it's a moving meditation on the power of our innate life force and how we create meaning when all appears to be lost. Highly recommended for introspective readers with a love of the natural world.

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sgeluardi
Dec 30, 2013

This is a powerful and lonely book that is well worth reading/listening to. I downloaded the audiobook not knowing what to expect and very pleased by the story. It is not a feelgood book. Do not expect heroics or drama except for the power of this single woman to survive despite loneliness and the hardships that come with being cut off from everything and everyone. If you are looking for adventure or a surge of emotions from a gripping tail then this is not the book you want. This book strips away the superfluous needs of a daily modern world and is built only on the struggle for life and simple unassuming joys.

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