Measuring the World

Daniel Kehlmann, Author, Rider Strong, Performed by, Carol Brown Janeway, Translator , read by Rider Strong. Phoenix Audio $29.95 (0p) ISBN 978-1-597-77135-1

Strong stays out of the way of Kehlmann's dry, sardonic humor, letting the words tell the jokes, rather than their teller. The German author's debut novel, an enormous success in Europe, turns the scientific exploits of the legendary scientists Alexander von Humboldt and Carl Friedrich Gauss into a rollicking buddy picture framed by racing scientific and political change. Strong avoids German accents or overly broad characterizations in favor of the author's Enlightenment-fueled spirit of intellectual absorption and intense dedication, and a more modern sense of subtle humorous intent. Strong's voice, so modern and American in its flat, frictionless flow, balances the competing elements of Kehlmann's novel, offering a reading at once humorous and measured, sweet and filling. Simultaneous release with the Pantheon hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 25). (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 01/29/2007
Release date: 11/01/2006
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