• von Lily King
  • Sprecher: Simon Vance, Xe Sands
  • 6 Std. 53 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


From New England Book Award winner Lily King comes a breathtaking novel about three young anthropologists of the '30s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and ultimately, their lives.
English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery. When Bankson finds them a new tribe nearby - the artistic, female-dominated Tam - he ignites an intellectual and romantic firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone's control.
Set between two World Wars and inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is an enthralling story of passion, possession, exploration, and sacrifice fromaccomplished author Lily King.


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Ein exotischer, lehrreicher, sinnlicher Roman über Passion, Forschung, Besessenheit und zu den Ursprüngen zurückgeführtes Menschsein. In der schwülen Hitze Australiens verlieren sich drei komplett verschiedene Anthropologen in ihren Leidenschaften und Begierden. Einerseits Liebesgeschichte, andererseits detailreiche Veranschaulichung der Arbeitsmethoden von Real-Vorbild Margaret Mead, ist dieser Roman der leise anschwellenden Dramatik etwas Ausgefallenes für Leser mit Lust am Thema und der Fähigkeit, sich langsam aber sicher vereinnahmen zu lassen.

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EUPHORIA gehört hoch verdient zu den Nominierten für die Audie Awards 2015: Das Hörbuch vereint die sinnlich-fragile Intensität von Xe Sands mit der punktgenauen, klassisch anmutenden Vortragsart von Simon Vance. Erstere Amerikanerin, letzterer Engländer, könnten zwei Stimmen nicht unterschiedlicher sein – und ergänzen sich genau deshalb so unglaublich gut. Vance wirkt als Bankson brütend, vertieft, magisch hingezogen zum Objekt seiner Leidenschaft. In Fen’s Dialogen zeigt sich Vance dagegen von einer erstaunlich wilden, unbeugsamen Seite, hört sich an wie schimmerndes Quecksilber. Xe schafft es, zugleich stark und zerbrechlich zu wirken, sehr weiblich, sowohl im mütterlichen wie im verführerischen Sinne. Trotzdem hören sich Bankson und Fen aus ihrem Munde männlich und markant an.
Die Auswahl dieser beiden Sprecher war ein Geniestreich. Die Kombination ihrer Stimmen ist einfach exquisit.
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Love and Jealousy in the Jungle of New Guinea

Relax, Euphoria is not a biography of the famous and at times very controversial anthropologist Margaret Mead, even if Nell Stone, the protagonist of the story, has a kindred spirit and might remind you of her. With Euphoria Lily King created a deeply moving and highly intelligent novel about human ambition and greed, love and jealousy, life and death, set in the exotic environment of the interior of New Guinea.

No surprise, Lily King knows how to tell a story. Her prose is full of powerful images and she precisely depicts not just the environment, but mood and emotions as well. She literally takes you to the jungle in New Guinea and you will start to smell the stink of rotting vegetation, foul breath and unwashed bodies. You will feel the oppressive heat and the onslaught of myriads of insects and most important of all, you will sense the lingering doom and impending tragedy.

The book tells the story of 3 young anthropologists, studying the culture and behavior of tribes in New Guinea untouched by civilization, the already modestly famous American Nell Stone, her envious and jealous Australian husband Fen and the British Andrew Bankson. Nell and Fen had to flee from their last project, when an enraged Mumbanyo tribe member throws a dead baby at Nell Stone. She breaks a leg during the flight and she and her husband are dispirited, dirty and sick with fever and downcast by failure. This is how they run into the depressed and lonesome Andrew. Andrew craves for company and easily persuades Nell and Fen to restart their research work with the Kiona tribe on a nearby lake. Very quickly Andrew becomes enthralled with the couple, especially with Nell. The three of them do some of their best work together, but it does not take long and love and jealousy get out of control, the three of them are heading for disaster.

It is a great book, beautifully read and the only complaint I have, it is too short.
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  • Erscheinungsdatum: 03.06.2014
  • Verlag: Blackstone Audio, Inc.