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Classic Russian Short Stories, Volume 1 | [Alexander Pushkin, Nikolai Gogol, Ivan Turgenev, Fyodor Dostoyevsky]

Classic Russian Short Stories, Volume 1

Russian literature exudes an atmosphere of mysticism, which is said to be a natural result of the simplicity of her people. Often, instead of being "about" anything, Russian stories sometimes seem to be the "thing" in itself. Be this as it may, it is an undeniable fact that with hardly any portent of future greatness to come, Russian literature suddenly sprang fully developed into existence in the 19th century.
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Publisher's Summary

Russian literature exudes an atmosphere of mysticism, which is said to be a natural result of the simplicity of her people. Often, instead of being "about" anything, Russian stories sometimes seem to be the "thing" in itself. Be this as it may, it is an undeniable fact that with hardly any portent of future greatness to come, Russian literature suddenly sprang fully developed into existence in the 19th century. One after another, from Pushkin to Chekhov, some of the greatest writers who have ever lived emerged from the steppes, forests, and cities of Mother Russia.

Selections in Volume I:

  • In "The Shot", by Alexander Pushkin, a duel is postponed so that it may be continued at a more propitious time.
  • "The Overcoat", by Nikolai Gogol, is the hilarious tale of a lowly bureaucrat who suddenly finds himself in need of a new overcoat.
  • "The Tryst", by Ivan Turgenev, is a gorgeous, masterfully written first person narrative of a hunter who overhears two young people: one who loves and one who does not.
  • In "The Wedding", by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, when a man is invited to a children's ball, he witnesses an amazing incident. Five years later, a posh wedding clarifies everything.
  • In "A Prisoner in the Caucasus", by Leo Tolstoy, Tartar rebels take a Russian officer prisoner in order to collect a ransom. But the officer's one thought throughout his cruel ordeal is to escape.
  • In "An Upheaval", by Anton Chekhov, a young governess accused of theft learns the identity of the real culprit.

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"Charlton Griffin is an extraordinarily gifted narrator and his performance is enhanced with music and sound effects. These are the classics." (AudioFile)

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    Alessandro VeronaItaly 10-30-05
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    I did not the narrator Charlton Griffin: he is an amazing reader, with beautiful voice and an amazing variety of intonations. Look forward to buy new audiobooks read by him. The Russian short stories are extremely entertaining. Highly recommended

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    john GLEN ALLEN, VA, United States 02-25-10
    john GLEN ALLEN, VA, United States 02-25-10 Member Since 2009

    Love history and non-fiction. Working on reading and or listening to the top 100 classics too.

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    "Just few hors d'oeuvres of Russian literature"

    Excellent narration matched to timeless short stories. Russia is a cold and different world from America and these shorts are a good, yet tiny, introduction to the world of Russian literature.

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    Listen VICTORIA, BC, Canada 04-04-11
    Listen VICTORIA, BC, Canada 04-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    "The finest!"

    This is one of the best performances I've listened. The music is very thoughtfully chosen. Highly recommended.

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    Jan Jacob Mekes ROTTERDAM, Netherlands 02-12-12
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    "Nice selection of classic Russian shorts"
    If you could sum up Classic Russian Short Stories, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Very nice stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how different stories from different Russian authors were included, that way you get a nice taste of what Russian literature has to offer.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Charlton Griffin?

    Yes, I quite like his narration. I do have one qualm: his female voices sound unnaturally high-pitched, almost as if in post production they raised the pitch (I don't know if this is the case or not).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Russian literature is, for me, always packed with emotion. I didn't exactly laugh or cry outright, but I did feel the emotion in the stories.


    Any additional comments?

    The music adds a nice touch.

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    Maggie New York, NY, United States 06-26-11
    Maggie New York, NY, United States 06-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great collection!"

    This is a really good introduction to classic Russian literature. The music was, however, a bit distracting when played at the same time as the narration. In addition, the narrator seemed to be a bit bored by some of the stories.

    I liked the Gogol the best and will be looking for more by him.

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    Amazon04 03-05-11
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    Some of the greatest writing totally ruined by odious background music. What purpose could possibly be served by adding mu-ZAK .....

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    Joseph ALAMEDA, CA, USA 02-10-10
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    "course voice"

    Good, but I'm not sure how they made the classic list.

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