In Dostoyevksy's short story "The Wedding", the narrator recounts a Christmas party he went to in the past, and the observations he made there. Written in a conversational style and narrated clearly and unpretentiously by Walter Zimmerman, the story delves into the subject of greed, making sharp commentary on class and society in mid-19th-century Russia. This is a short audiobook - only 20 minutes long - but it's a true gem, every bit as praiseworthy as Dostoyevsky's more famous novels.
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Dostoevsky did not write many short stories so this is a rare gem. This is a very, very good short story narrated excellently. It is dark, surprising, touching, and real. A real bargain at a buck (don’t waste a full credit).
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
Showes how greed can reveal the horrors of some bottom feeders humanity. Great short listen.
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Dostoevksy's short, short (21-min) story, more commonly called, "A Christmas Tree and a Wedding" is a шедевр ["shedevr"], a masterpiece in structure that is told, as are many Dostoevsky stories, by an anonymous third person observer.
To describe the story for you would be to completely ruin it. I'll just say I think it's definitely worth 95 cents, especially if you're a literary connoisseur or a fan of Dostoevsky's work.
I love the Russians, so I figured this quick short story would be entirely worth $1. Nooooo way! I only finished it because it was so short.
The narrator is very bad overall; his obviously unpracticed pronunciations of Russian names were just icing on the cake.
Good story, but get it by another narrator.
Really more of a character sketch than a story. Zimmerman is a mechanical reader so brought no life or interest.
46, father of two, son of two continents. A skeptic in Rome. That's me bathing, next time please knock...
Dostoevsky is unquestionable but not all that he wrote is (in my opinion) necessarily at the same level of his masterpieces. Mr. Zimmerman's voice and accent did not help to turn an obvious plot and characters into an even "mildly" inspiring experience.
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