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White Nights Audiobook

White Nights: A Fyodor Dostoyevsky Short Story

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Publisher's Summary

"White Nights" is the third major Dostoyevsky short story everyone should read or listen to, along with "A Faint Heart" and "The Christmas Tree and Wedding". The story contains a series of Winesburg, Ohio-like moments: a woman and man meet accidentally on the First Night; proceed to meet again on the Second and Third, almost fall in love, and at the last minute the former lover of the woman returns to take her away. But the point is that the man had a moment, a glorious moment when, for the first time in his life, he had something special. Was that enough? That is the question the author leaves us with.

Public Domain (P)2011 Christina Brown

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    Steven 10-09-16
    Steven 10-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Always check audio Sample"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I felt like the narrator was reading un-enthusiastically in a high school English class. He simply read the words on the page, pausing at seeming random intervals to take a breath with no consideration for punctuation.


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    Yana Fedinchik 11-12-15
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    "I wish it was dramatized."

    Somewhat hard to understand who is speaking when. So a dramatized version would have been a lot easier to follow. But overall not too bad. A short little classic. And intro to the authors work.

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    Craig Caulfield Scarborough, WA Australia 01-26-13
    Craig Caulfield Scarborough, WA Australia 01-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Narration spoils of classic story"
    What disappointed you about White Nights?

    What ruins this audio book is the narration, which is delivered in a flat, nasal New York accent, totally inappropriate for a Russian love story. No effort is made to distinguish between the voices of the characters or convey something of their emotions, which makes this dialogue heavy story almost impossible to follow. The words are simply being read off the page.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of White Nights?

    After the narrator delivered Natasha's plea "How can I live without you?" in a bored monotone with an awkward pause for breath in the middle, I gave up and read the hard copy.


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  • Mr. S. Sinclair
    Manchester England
    2/11/13
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    "Great book, badly read."

    It's a real shame that this wonderful story is barely given the time of day by the reader. He races through it without expression, and virtually without drawing breath. Avoid this version

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