Why Blackstone Audiobooks' reader felt the need to anglicanize this title, employing ridiculous British accents to define the relative social classes of its Russian characters, is beyond this listener's understanding. Add to that the nauseating synthesizer interstitial music which separates the chapters and you end up with a patronizing Mary Poppins-esque Tolstoy indeed. Do not waste your money on this recording unless such esthetic "choices" appeal to you.
I wonder if Mr. Masters would've liked the quasi-folky guitar music that punctuates and interrupts his poetry, or the spooky howling wind behind the introduction of this - I hate to say - childlike interpretation of his work. Somehow, I doubt it, but if you like such add-ons and unnecessary nonsense, then go ahead and spend your $17.47. I wish I could have mine back.
Since an accurate listing and timing is not available for this title (and it is offered as one continuous audio file) following is a complete inventory of its contents, with times, to allow for more convenient searching for those who might care to purchase it.
00:00:00 Where Love is, There God is Also, by Leo Tolstoy
00:36:26 The Queen of Spades, by Alexander Pushkin
01:02:08 A Simple Heart, by Gustave Flaubert
02:25:15 The Peasant Marey, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
02:41:20 The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
03:46:16 Boule de Suif, by Guy du Maupassant
05:22:07 The Hole, by Guy du Maupassant
05:38:00 How Much Land Does a Man Need? by Leo Tolstoy
06:15:28 A Piece of Bread, by Fran?ois Coupee
06:31:27 The Blizzard, by Alexander Pushkin
07:04:54 How He Got the Legion of Honor, by Guy du Maupassant
07:18:40 Waiter, a Bock! by Guy du Maupassant
07:36:57 The Signal, by Guy du Maupassant
07:52:40 The Raid, by Leo Tolstoy
09:10:25 Growing Old, by Guy du Maupassant
09:24:00 Consideration, by Guy du Maupassant
09:38:00 Lady into Lassie, by Alexander Pushkin
10:26:50 The Woman and the Cat, by Marcel Prevost
10:51:00 The Final Lesson, by Alphonse Daudet
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