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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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.
I give every book and author a chance. I like books that grab you and evoke an emotional response.
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.
Yes I imagine everytime you listen something new will appear.
Margarita turning intoma witch and going to Satan's ball.
Many moved me to laughter.
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.
The book - possibly, when I finish it in dead tree format.
It is really all screech and squawk. Volume and pitch are not synonymous with acting.
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.
Humorous scenes where simply anything could happen! A talking cat, flying witches and the annual Hell Ball.
The ending was a little drawn out, unfortunately.
Laughed out loud, in some places.
Definitely this version - because of story and performance. If this is not deemed a classic, it well should be!
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.
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!
The Devil will care!
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.
No. The story did not catch me.
Some of them. It is not a story for all of them.
It was very good. Tone was very good and the difference among characters very good.
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!
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
Behemoth...you've got t love that cat.
He wonderfully captured the Master's weakness and tragedy - but he makes every character dance.
If you could you would
There are those who have read the Master....and then there are the others.
"All time favourite"
Definitely, I love this book!
All of it!
Again all of it - I enjoyed every page
Lots of times it made me laugh
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.
"Masterpiece by Master plus great performance..."
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 !!!
"Outstanding reading of a quirky classic"
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.
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.
Quite a long book so pacing is important.
A quirky, comic read. Chilling in places, with serious undertones. Outstanding performance by Julian R-T.
"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.
"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.
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