Listeners will derive a great deal of pleasure from actor Kenneth Branagh's performance of this satirical short story from Anton Chekhov's In the Ravine and Other Stories about a writer's selfish impositions on his family. Branagh excels in portraying the writer's self-pitying internal monologue and anchors it to the story's comic tone, using a light but precise touch to bring out the humor in the writer's repetitive admonishments of silence, his lack of self-awareness, and the attempts of his hapless family members to accommodate him.
This is a story from the In the Ravine and Other Stories collection.
Anton Chekhov, one of the finest masters of what is acknowledged as a difficult genre. There is the richly comic "Oh! The Public" about a hassled ticket inspector, a wry look at morals and manners in "The Chorus Girl", and the melancholic tale of a cab driver in "Misery".Perhaps the finest of all is the novella "In The Ravine", a minutely observed look at life in a village through the eyes of one family. All the characters come to life with their foibles, their strengths, and their hopes. Kenneth Branagh uses his natural talent for characterisation to bring this village to life.
The other short stories in this collection are: "The Trousseau", "A Story Without a Title", "Children", "Fat and Thin", "The Beggar", "Hush!", "The Orator", and "An Actor's End".
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"If you want an outstanding reading, in which the narrator's voice brilliantly conveys the speaker's class and the intricate relationships between characters during conversations, you can do no better than to listen to Kenneth Branagh. This great actor mesmerizes as he gasps, chuckles, stutters, and declaims. A must listen." (AudioFile)
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