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Chris

Oak Park, IL, USA

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  • Spoon River Anthology

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Edgar Lee Masters
    • Narrated By Patrick Fraley, Edward Asner
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    From a cemetery in a mythical small town in Illinois, the dead speak about their lives. Each free-verse monologue stands as an epitaph for the person speaking, yet the play is ultimately about life, not death. Featuring 50 performers with specially commissioned original music, this is the only audio version of this landmark classic available.

    John says: "Magnificent American poetry"
    "Music and - sound effects?"
    Overall

    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.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Cossacks

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By David Thorn
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In the setting of what is present-day Kazakhstan, Tolstoy examines two psychological problems. The first dilemma is that of a young man who desires both fulfilling love and a place as a respected member of society. The other is the difficulty of a primitive society to accept domination by a higher culture that has no understanding of the traditions it asks its colonists to cast aside.

    jamo002 says: "Quick way to try Tolstoy"
    "The Cockney Cossacks."
    Overall

    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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Great French and Russian Short Stories, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Leo Tolstoy, Alexander Pushkin, Gustave Flaubert, and others
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Chris says: "Track listing."
    "Track listing."
    Overall

    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

    36 of 36 people found this review helpful

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