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Dacia

Dacia Austin, TX, United States Member Since 2012
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  • "Well Done Plays"

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    I thought these plays were well done and entertaining. The production quality seemed fine to me. I especially enjoyed Medea, the Tempest, and Camille. The other ones were hard for me to get into, but that's just personal taste. If you want to be entertained and enjoy several classic plays, then this is a good deal for the price.

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    Seven Classic Plays

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, and others
    • Narrated By Full Cast
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    Now, for the first time in audio, Blackstone presents seven great plays in one volume: Euripides' Medea, Shakespeare's The Tempest, Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid, Dumas' Camille, Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, Shaw's Arms and the Man, and Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. These productions illustrate the development of European drama from ancient times to the threshold of the modern theater.

    S. N. C. Siegel says: "Badly Done Plays"
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  • Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus

    "Now I know why this is a "classic""

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    What did you love best about Frankenstein?

    The battle of wills between creator and his creation. Just like any fantasy you need to give the author permission to take you on a ride. This was surprisingly quite a strong story, even if the science behind its premise is dubious, particularly well over a century after its writing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The "monster". I did not realise he was a creature of such humanity and need. The story was still in my thoughts a week or so after finishing it.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Donaldson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I was expecting a poor performance as it was priced lower than other versions of the book, but it was read very well and would definitely happily listen to the narrator again.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but I did get through it very quickly and was always grateful for a chance to get back in the car and renew the story.One exception - The beginning of the book is told in letters, and apart from perhaps the final 2 letters, the rest are completely irrelevant to the story, and why they were part of the published book is a mystery to me.


    Any additional comments?

    There are a couple of random instances where the narration repeats itself for a few words. Although its very minor and probably only totals maybe 15-20 seconds over the entire book, its the worst editing I've encountered on Audible. (That comment is not aimed at putting people off this version of the book - I definitely recommend this book).

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  • "Great performance of a timeless cla..."

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    Jim Donaldson does a great job with the narration of "Frankenstein." Every character has its own distinctive voice (with the exception of the namesake doctor, whose voice changes when the point of view shifts from third- to first-person and back). My only wish would have been that they had hired a female to read Mary Shelley's introduction.

    Please note that there are four "doubled-up" lines in this performance that should have been caught during editing, which gives the impression that the Audible player "skipped." No skipping...just a couple of line re-reads. Almost all of them are near the beginning, and one is about three-quarters of the way through, so they're needle-in-a-haystack things at best.

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    Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    • Narrated By Jim Donaldson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Frankenstein is infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement and is also considered to be one of the earliest examples of science fiction. Includes introduction and commentary by Mary Shelley. Required reading for any fan of science fiction and horror genres. A classic.

    Darwin8u says: "A Monster of Fiction"

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  • 4.3 (226 ratings)

    The Importance of Being Earnest

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Lisa says: "A wonderful production of a great play!"
  • 4.3 (63 ratings)

    A Woman of No Importance

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Miriam Margolyes, Samantha Mathis, Rosalind Ayres, and others
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    Devilishly attractive Lord Illingworth is notorious for his skill as a seducer. But he is still invited to all the "best" houses, while his female conquests must hide their shame in seclusion. In this devastating drawing-room comedy, Oscar Wilde uses his celebrated wit to expose English society's narrow view of everything from sexual mores to Americans.

    Cheryl says: "Pitch Perfect Performance"
  • 4.3 (43 ratings)

    An Ideal Husband

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Rosalind Ayres, Jacqueline Bisset, Paul Gutrecht, and others
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    A tender love story, a serpentine villainess, a glittering setting in London society, and a showering of Wildean witticism are only a few of the reasons why this play has enjoyed hugely successful revivals in London, in New York, and on the silver screen. This 1895 drama is eerily prescient, as it examines the plight of a promising politician, desperate to hide a secret in his past. With empathy and wit, Oscar Wilde explores the pitfalls of holding public figures to higher standards than the rest of us.

    Mary says: "better heard than read"
  • 4.4 (36 ratings)

    The George Bernard Shaw Collection

    • ORIGINAL (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By George Bernard Shaw
    • Narrated By Shirley Knight, Anne Heche, JoBeth Williams, and others
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    (31)
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    Eight of George Bernard Shaw's most memorable plays in one splendid collection: Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, The Devil’s Disciple, Major Barbara, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Misalliance, and Pygmalion.

    Michael says: "Impressive Collection of Shaw"
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  • 4.3 (23 ratings)

    A Doll House

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Henrik Ibsen
    • Narrated By Calista Flockhart, Tony Abatemarco, Tim Dekay, and others
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    (23)
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    (20)
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    A new recording of Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece, starring Calista Flockhart. Nora Helmer has everything a young housewife could want: beautiful children, an adoring husband, and a bright future. But when a carelessly buried secret rises from the past, Nora’s well-calibrated domestic ideal starts to crumble. Ibsen’s play is as fresh today as it was when it first stormed the stages of 19th-century Europe.

    Jayne says: "Very Interesting!"
  • 4.5 (19 ratings)

    Othello

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Emma Fielding, Hugh Quarshie, Anton Lesser
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    This widely studied play is one of the "best sellers" of the Shakespeare canon. This production is the sixth Shakespeare play in the series undertaken by Naxos AudioBooks in conjunction with Cambridge University Press.

    H. M. Behrens says: "vocals strong - each character easy to track"
  • 4.3 (15 ratings)

    Major Barbara

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By George Bernard Shaw
    • Narrated By Kate Burton, Roger Rees, J. B. Blanc, and others
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    Barbara is a major in the Salvation Army - but she's also the daughter of Andrew Undershaft, a man who's made millions from the sale of weapons of war. The real battle, however, rages between between the devilish father and his idealistic daughter as they answer the question: does salvation come through faith or finance? This sparkling comedy traverses family relations, religion, ethics and politics - as only Shaw, the master dramatist, can!

  • Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    • Narrated By Jim Donaldson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Frankenstein is infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement and is also considered to be one of the earliest examples of science fiction. Includes introduction and commentary by Mary Shelley. Required reading for any fan of science fiction and horror genres. A classic.

    Darwin8u says: "A Monster of Fiction"
  • Understanding Literature and Life: Drama, Poetry and Narrative

    • ORIGINAL (32 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Arnold Weinstein
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    The major texts of Western culture are a gateway to wisdom that can widen your views on self and society in enduring ways. And now you can examine its most important works - whether drama, poetry, or narrative - in this series of 64 penetrating lectures that reveal astonishing common ground.

    Saud says: "Could have been more"
  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (146)

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Lisa says: "A wonderful production of a great play!"
  • The Portrait of a Lady (Classic Serial)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Henry James, Rachel Joyce (dramatisation)
    • Narrated By Anna Maxwell Martin, Haydn Gwynne, Robert Bathurst, and others
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    Henry James's novel, dramatised by Rachel Joyce. Young and beautiful, Isabel Archer thinks that she is in control of her fate. Little does she know, however, that others behind the scenes are pulling the strings. The beautiful and free-spirited Isabel Archer is now a very rich woman. Two men have declared their love for her but she does not want to be married. Resolved to enjoy her fortune, she begins her travels. Starring Anna Maxwell Martin, Haydn Gwynne, Robert Bathurst, Gayle Hunnicutt and full cast. Pianist Duncan Walsh Atkins. Directed by Tracey Neale.

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  • A Woman of No Importance

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Miriam Margolyes, Samantha Mathis, Rosalind Ayres, and others
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Devilishly attractive Lord Illingworth is notorious for his skill as a seducer. But he is still invited to all the "best" houses, while his female conquests must hide their shame in seclusion. In this devastating drawing-room comedy, Oscar Wilde uses his celebrated wit to expose English society's narrow view of everything from sexual mores to Americans.

    Cheryl says: "Pitch Perfect Performance"
  • A Raisin in the Sun: CliffsNotes

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Rosetta James, B.A.
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
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    The CliffsNotes study guide on Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, a graphical character map, critical commentaries, expanded glossaries, and a comprehensive index, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work.

  • Death of a Salesman: CliffsNotes

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Scheidt, M.A.
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
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    This CliffsNotes study guide on Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, and critical commentaries, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work.

    Mary Beth Bretzlauf says: "Helpful"
  • In Search of Lost Time (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By James Wilby, Jonathan Firth, Harriet Walter, and others
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    (15)
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    Featuring a fictional version of himself - 'Marcel' - and a host of friends, acquaintances, and lovers, In Search of Lost Time is Proust's search for the key to the mysteries of memory, time, and consciousness. As he recalls his childhood days, the sad affair of Charles Swann and Odette de Crecy, his transition to manhood, the tortures of love and the ravages of war, he realises that the simplest of discoveries can lead to astonishing possibilities.

    Pin says: "Absolutely First Class Drama!"
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  • The George Bernard Shaw Collection

    • ORIGINAL (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By George Bernard Shaw
    • Narrated By Shirley Knight, Anne Heche, JoBeth Williams, and others
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
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    Eight of George Bernard Shaw's most memorable plays in one splendid collection: Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, The Devil’s Disciple, Major Barbara, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Misalliance, and Pygmalion.

    Michael says: "Impressive Collection of Shaw"
  • Three Greek Tragedies

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Euripides, Sophocles, Aeschylus
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    (20)
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    Blood, gore, thrills, chills, and romance abound in these plays by three of the great Greek authors. Included are "Medea" by Euripides; "Antigone" by Sophocles; and "Agamemnon" by Aeschylus.

    Kimberly says: "Makes assigned Greek tragedy reading bearable!!!"
  • Much Ado About Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Full Cast
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    A Classic recording of Shakespeare's well-loved comedy. Cast including renowned Shakespearean actors John Gielgud, Peggy Ashcroft and Gary Watson.

  • A Doll House

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Henrik Ibsen
    • Narrated By Calista Flockhart, Tony Abatemarco, Tim Dekay, and others
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    A new recording of Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece, starring Calista Flockhart. Nora Helmer has everything a young housewife could want: beautiful children, an adoring husband, and a bright future. But when a carelessly buried secret rises from the past, Nora’s well-calibrated domestic ideal starts to crumble. Ibsen’s play is as fresh today as it was when it first stormed the stages of 19th-century Europe.

    Jayne says: "Very Interesting!"
  • The Cave of Salamanca (Dramatized)

    • ABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes
    • Narrated By Alexander Khodursky, A. Nikolaev, Lyudmila Kasatkina, and others
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    Pankrasio, muzh Leonardy, uezzhaet na neskol'ko dnej v drugoj gorod. Leonarda i ee sluzhanka Kristina prinimajut v jeto vremja svoih ljubovnikov. Neozhidanno vozvrativshis', Pankrasio zastaet veseluju kompaniju na meste prestuplenija. K schast'ju dlja Leonardy, ona prijutila u sebja hitroumnogo studenta. kotoryj pomogaet ej obvesti vokrug pal'ca prostaka Pankrasio…

  • The Squire's Daughter

    • ABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Alexander Pushkin
    • Narrated By Evgeny Velikhov, Nikolay Komissarov, Elena Fadeeva, and others
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    Радиопостановка "Барышня-крестьянка" - по одноименной повести Александра Сергеевича Пушкина из цикла "Повестей покойного Ивана Петровича Белкина". В соседское имение приезжает молодой барин Алексей. Лиза, дочь помещика, хочет познакомиться с красавцем. Девушка, зная о том, что молодой барин любит по утрам объезжать лес, переодевается в крестьянское платье и рано утром, прихватив лукошко, идёт в лес…

  • Now Let Him Go

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By John Boynton Priestley
    • Narrated By Mikhail Bolduman, Mark Prudkin, Nina Gulyaeva, and others
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    Velikolepnaja ostrosjuzhetnaja p'esa vydajushhegosja anglijskogo romanista, jesseista, dramaturga i teatral'nogo rezhissjora Dzhona Bojntona Pristli (1894, — 1984). Staryj i bol'noj genial'nyj hudozhnik Sajmond Kendl, ustavshij ot nastojchivyh pritjazanij svoego syna na ego kartiny i risunki, upakovyvaet ih v dva bol'shih jashhika i otpravljaetsja s nimi v drugoj gorod k drugu. Po doroge hudozhniku stanovitsja ploho, on terjaet pamjat' i okazyvaetsja v gostinice na nebol'shoj stancii odin, bez kartin.

  • Intrigue and Love

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Friedrich Schiller
    • Narrated By Nikolay Komissarov, Mikhail Tsarev, Victor Sharlakhov, and others
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    Vsemirno-izvestnaja tragedija Fridriha Shillera (1759-1805) - velikogo nemeckogo pojeta, filosofa, teoretik iskusstva i dramaturga. Dejstvie razvorachivaetsja v Germanii XVIII v., pri dvore odnogo iz nemeckih gercogov. Syn prezidenta fon Val'tera vljubljon v doch' prostogo muzykanta Luizu Miller. Ejo otec otnositsja k jetomu s nedoveriem, tak kak brak aristokrata s meshhankoj nevozmozhen.

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  • The Power of Darkness

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lev Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Boris Gorbatov, Olga Chuvaeva, Electra Dalmatova, and others
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    Spektakl' po ostrosjuzhetnoj drame velikogo russkogo pisatelja L'va Nikolaevich Tolstogo (1828-1910), "Vlast' t'my, ili Kogotok uvjaz, vsej ptichke propast'" (1886). Osen'. V prostornoj izbe zazhitochnogo, boleznennogo muzhika Petra - zhena Anis'ja, Akulina, ego doch' ot pervogo braka, pojut pesni. Sam hozjain v kotoryj raz zovet i rugaet, grozjas' rasschitat' Nikitu, shhegolevatogo parnja let dvadcati pjati, rabotnika lenivogo i guljashhego.

  • On the Bottom of the Gold

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Dmitry Mamin-Sibiryak
    • Narrated By Vyacheslav Dugin, Nikolay Gritsenko, Maria Nekrasova, and others
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    Spektakl' iz zhizni sibirskih zolotoiskatelej po proizvedenijam vydajushhegosja russkogo pisatelja Dmitrija Narkisovicha Mamina-Sibirjaka (nastojashhaja familija Mamin; 1852-1912). V centre p'esy obraz docheri razorivshegosja zolotopromyshlennika, kotoraja, stolknuvshis' s zhestokimi nravami, sama stanovitsja hishhnicej...

  • An Ardent Heart

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alexander Ostrovsky
    • Narrated By V. Stanicyn, F. Shevchenko, K. Elanskaya, and others
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    "Gorjachee serdce" - odna iz samyh znamenityh p'es A.N.Ostrovskogo, govorja o kotoroj specialisty, prezhde vsego, otmechajut ostrotu ee satiricheskogo zvuchanija. Zhizn' imenitogo kupca Kuroslepova prohodit v besprobudnom p'janstve. Ego vtoraja zhena Matrena izmenjaet emu s prikazchikom, voruet muzhniny den'gi i vsjacheski pritesnjaet doch' Kuroslepova ot pervogo braka Parashu. Sjuzhet zakruchivaetsja vokrug propazhi krupnoj summy deneg.

  • The School for Scandal

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    • Narrated By Mikhail Yanshin, Olga Androvskaya, Vladimir Ershov, and others
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    Blistatel'naja komedija velikogo anglo-irlandskogo pisatelja Richarda Brinsli Sheridana (1751 - 1816) v ispolnenii zvezd teatra. Salon velikosvetskoj intriganki ledi Snirujel, kotoraja kotoraja obsuzhdaet so svoim napersnikom Snejkom poslednie dostizhenija na poprishhe aristokraticheskih koznej. Jeti dostizhenija izmerjajutsja chislom pogublennyh reputacij, rasstroennyh svadeb, zapushhennyh v obrashhenie neverojatnyh sluhov…

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  • Masquerade

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mikhail Lermontov
    • Narrated By Mikhail Tsarev, Nelli Kornienko, Elina Bystritskaya, and others
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    «Maskarad» - drama Mihaila Jur'evicha Lermontova v stihah. Glavnym geroem ejo javljaetsja nadeljonnyj mjatezhnym duhom i umom dvorjanin Evgenij Arbenin. Arbenin, chelovek ne pervoj molodosti, igrok po nature i po professii, razbogatev na kartah, reshaet peremenit' sud'bu: zakljuchit' «sojuz s dobrodetel'ju», zhenit'sja i zazhit' barinom. Zadumano - sdelano. Zhizn', odnako, vnosit sushhestvennuju popravku v prekrasnejshij sej plan...