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The Master and Margarita Audiobook

The Master and Margarita

The Devil comes to Moscow, but he isn't all bad; Pontius Pilate sentences a charismatic leader to his death, but yearns for redemption; and a writer tries to destroy his greatest tale, but discovers that manuscripts don't burn. Multi-layered and entrancing, blending sharp satire with glorious fantasy, The Master and Margarita is ceaselessly inventive and profoundly moving. In its imaginative freedom and raising of eternal human concerns, it is one of the world's great novels.
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The Devil comes to Moscow, but he isn't all bad; Pontius Pilate sentences a charismatic leader to his death, but yearns for redemption; and a writer tries to destroy his greatest tale, but discovers that manuscripts don't burn. Multi-layered and entrancing, blending sharp satire with glorious fantasy, The Master and Margarita is ceaselessly inventive and profoundly moving. In its imaginative freedom and raising of eternal human concerns, it is one of the world's great novels.

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    James O Harrison 04-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "one of my favorite books."

    I love this book. the narrator did a really good job with the story. I recommend this version

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    E. G. Sisto nyc 02-12-15
    E. G. Sisto nyc 02-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Entrancing"

    Funny and brilliant. It's a great read. The performer is superb especially when he is reading Satan. The story is intricate but very playful. I will probably read twice and look up on Wikipedia to see how the names are all spelt.

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    Scott Hill 08-29-14
    Scott Hill 08-29-14

    I give every book and author a chance. I like books that grab you and evoke an emotional response.

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    "Not your typical Russian Book but...."
    What made the experience of listening to The Master and Margarita the most enjoyable?

    It was a nice glimpse into this time in Russia, but mostly it was a fun and funny story with a satirical bent. Good read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    SATAN!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George Harlingen Tx., TX, United States 04-19-14
    George Harlingen Tx., TX, United States 04-19-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Surrealistic joyride"
    Would you listen to The Master and Margarita again? Why?

    Yes I imagine everytime you listen something new will appear.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Master and Margarita?

    Margarita turning intoma witch and going to Satan's ball.


    Which character – as performed by Julian Rhind-Tutt – was your favorite?

    Azrazelo


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many moved me to laughter.


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    KH1 07-19-13
    KH1 07-19-13
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    "Terrible Performance"
    What did you like best about The Master and Margarita? What did you like least?

    I honestly didn't get far enough into it to find something to like (the part about the cat trying to pay to get on the tram was funny). The actor who does the narration has the most grating schreeching voice and every character is differentiated by a slightly different pitch of screech.


    Would you recommend The Master and Margarita to your friends? Why or why not?

    The book - possibly, when I finish it in dead tree format.


    What didn’t you like about Julian Rhind-Tutt’s performance?

    It is really all screech and squawk. Volume and pitch are not synonymous with acting.


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    Foxtrot BLOOMINGTON, IN, United States 03-18-13
    Foxtrot BLOOMINGTON, IN, United States 03-18-13
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    "Great Recording of a Great Book"

    This book has been a favorite for many years now and my print version is currently held together with tape. At first I was hesitant to buy the audio version, afraid that it wouldn't do the story justice. I was very pleased with this audio book. The narrator subtly yet effectively distinguishes each character but not in a way that takes away from the character or the story itself.

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    Amazon Customer Hove, East Sussex United Kingdom 03-06-13
    Amazon Customer Hove, East Sussex United Kingdom 03-06-13
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    "Quirky, rambling but highly original!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Master and Margarita the most enjoyable?

    Humorous scenes where simply anything could happen! A talking cat, flying witches and the annual Hell Ball.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was a little drawn out, unfortunately.


    Have you listened to any of Julian Rhind-Tutt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    Laughed out loud, in some places.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Newmarket, ON, Canada 12-28-12
    Douglas Newmarket, ON, Canada 12-28-12
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    "Masterful story with a history of it's own.."
    Would you listen to The Master and Margarita again? Why?

    Definitely this version - because of story and performance. If this is not deemed a classic, it well should be!


    What did you like best about this story?

    There were so many parallel themes and intricacies reflecting the time and the place, the complexities of the Russian experience, the fallibility of humanity and the logic of insanity as a fallacy. I think the best part for me was that it was story driven, as it was likely too complex to be a completely character driven satire. I specifically enjoyed how the stories wound together in the end, with so much varied detail coming to a definite and solid point.


    What does Julian Rhind-Tutt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Rhind-Tutt brought life to the characters with consistent and comedic voices and accents. Though the writing did this in itself, his performance also kept you on the edge - waiting for each sentence in eager anticipation. One of the best I have heard!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Devil will care!


    Any additional comments?

    Master and Margarita were given release from the torture of a life that had escaped them, especially the Master, but by extension of relationship, Margarita too. And she had, with the help of Woland and his entourage, found a kind of salvation from her life of loneliness and despair - her broken heart wondering about the fate which had befallen Master - and had somewhat embraced her rebellious nature and her role as a witch. They were granted peace by a merciful Satan -- brilliantly done by the artist Bulgakov! I believe the translation was superb. The literature, had it been written in English first, was masterful even.

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    Esperanza Dublin, Ireland 12-18-12
    Esperanza Dublin, Ireland 12-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good audiobook, not sure about the story"
    Would you listen to The Master and Margarita again? Why?

    No. The story did not catch me.


    Would you recommend The Master and Margarita to your friends? Why or why not?

    Some of them. It is not a story for all of them.


    What about Julian Rhind-Tutt’s performance did you like?

    It was very good. Tone was very good and the difference among characters very good.


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

    No.


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    Kristin 11-12-12
    Kristin 11-12-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic!"
    Any additional comments?

    I first found this book many years ago for 0.25cents and had no idea what I was getting... Have read it several times over the years, but must say listening to it was so much more fun! It is a fantastic book and the narration was wonderful. Highly recommend!

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  • ReadingWild
    England
    7/7/14
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    "Masterpiece"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Master and Margarita to be better than the print version?

    Access wise possibly. I've read the book twice and so bought the audio version as a treat and got a lot more out of the audio than I thought I would - very impressed


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Behemoth...you've got t love that cat.


    Which character – as performed by Julian Rhind-Tutt – was your favourite?

    He wonderfully captured the Master's weakness and tragedy - but he makes every character dance.


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

    If you could you would


    Any additional comments?

    There are those who have read the Master....and then there are the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • amber
    helsinki, Finland
    5/9/14
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    "All time favourite"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely, I love this book!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Master and Margarita?

    All of it!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Again all of it - I enjoyed every page


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

    Lots of times it made me laugh


    Any additional comments?

    Get to know some Russian history around the period this book was written, it will give you a better understanding of the the time, politics and history of era.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Chka
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    12/15/13
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    "Masterpiece by Master plus great performance..."
    What did you like most about The Master and Margarita?

    FANTASTIC !!!
    I love this book ! I read it many years ago and now even more than then i LOVE IT !
    IF YOU MAD ABOUT SOMEONE - READ THIS BOOK !
    IF YOU LIKE FANTASY - READ IT !
    but prepare yourself for sometimes difficult bits as it is strongly anchored in early Soviets reality and that is why you should find out about people management and commons life in Bolsheviks State at first - to understand context and references.
    WHAT AN IMAGINATION ?
    WHAT AN INTERPRETATION - BRAVO !
    WHAT A BOOK !!!
    Are you Gods believer, satanist or atheist...
    READ THIS BOOK !!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Outstanding reading of a quirky classic"
    Would you listen to The Master and Margarita again? Why?

    A enjoyable surreal, bizarre and comic story. God and the devil, human foibles, love, greed, good vs evil in 30s Moscow - and the Jerusalem of Jesus Christ. Julian R-T gives an outstanding, clear and well characterised reading. For me he made some of the weird antics believable, chilling and comic (sometimes combined). A book worth a second reading particularly after digesting some research on the context of the book's production and how it has been interpreted. Like all great books it can be read on many levels.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Reading the book for the first time I was not quite sure what to expect, although I had some knowledge of the periods in which it was set. I was therefore quite shocked at the outset when certain violent events involving a prediction actually happened (I won't say more as this would be a spoiler). Woland's ball was also a marvellous set piece.


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

    Quite a long book so pacing is important.


    Any additional comments?

    A quirky, comic read. Chilling in places, with serious undertones. Outstanding performance by Julian R-T.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natalie
    London, United Kingdom
    6/20/13
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    "A dazzlingly inventive book"

    This book is quite amazing. Despite the fact that I didn't care too much about the characters - or even the narrative arc - it was interesting and gripping.

    I'm so glad I chose to listen to the audiobook as Julian Rhind-Tutt's performance is absolutely fantastic. I have never listened to a book with a better read. Worth it for that alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    5/5/14
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    "Narrative mangled by narration"

    The different voices projected in this performance were quite jarring. I'm sure the narrator had thought this through and decided that Woland's accomplices deserved the voices and accents he chose, but they were so off-putting that I almost stopped listening after a couple of hours. I had read the book before and knew that the writing would shine through eventually, but Mr Rhind-Tutt nearly ground Bulgakov's masterwork down. Be warned. If you haven't read the book before, this may ruin your appreciation of this wonderful piece of literature.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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