We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 >   > 
Fathers and Sons | [Ivan Turgenev]

Fathers and Sons

When Arcady Kirsanov returns from college to the country manor of his father, he brings along his radical friend Bazarov, a nihilist who believes in nothing and respects no one. But behind the intellect of this caustic, impatient man is a heart full of compassion and kindness that will change the Kirsanov's lives forever.
Regular Price:$24.47
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Audible Editor Reviews

The latter half of the nineteenth century was a time of turmoil in Russian politics and society. As modernization and industrialization took place, the new generation challenged traditional society. Against this backdrop Turgenev presents a generational conflict through a cast of richly crafted characters and delicate prose. The narrator does not give his characters assertive voices, but portrays them thoughtfully, especially the extraordinary protagonist, Bazarov. Little is needed to convey the chilling intellect and compassionate heart of this complex character. This novel about life and relationships will evoke a thoughtful mood in the listener.

Publisher's Summary

When Arcady Kirsanov returns from college to the country manor of his father, he brings along his radical friend Bazarov, a nihilist who believes in nothing and respects no one. But behind the intellect of this caustic, impatient man is a heart full of compassion and kindness that will change the Kirsanov's lives forever.

When Ivan Turgenev first published this novel in 1862, the populace of his native Russia was so enraged by the character of Bazarov that Turgenev was forced to flee the country for France. However, critics have praised the novel for its subtle irony and richly crafted characters.

(P)1994 by Recorded Books, Inc.; Cover art by Tinam Valk; ©1994 Recorded Books, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The deep purpose pervading Fathers and Sons is to show us life itself." (Henry James)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (44 )
5 star
 (17)
4 star
 (19)
3 star
 (6)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
3.8 (12 )
5 star
 (5)
4 star
 (4)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (1)
Story
3.9 (12 )
5 star
 (4)
4 star
 (6)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Tobin Alton, IL, USA 03-04-06
    Tobin Alton, IL, USA 03-04-06
    HELPFUL VOTES
    211
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "Russian Classic"

    Fathers and Sons has been hailed as a masterpiece of Russian literature, but I knew nothing about it before picking it up. I was certainly impressed.

    The book centers around Yevgeny Bazarov, a young radical who embraces the idea of nihilism. Bazarov rejects the old conventions of the past (religion, aristocracism, liberalism, essentially all “-isms”) and believes that life is meaningless. During his travels with his friend, Arkady Kirsanov, he discusses and argues his beliefs with both parents and other characters. Despite his insistence that nothing in life has any meaning, Bazarov is a caring, loving man.

    What happens in the plot is of little importance compared to the progression of Bazarov and his beliefs over the course of the novel. The novel’s ending comes suddenly, but is not surprising.

    What is more crucial to the novel’s success is the way it captures the essence of people’s relationships and feelings through Turganev’s recounting of events. One always can tell where people stand in their opinions of each other simply by their basic actions.

    I was fascinated that in Bazarov,I could see feelings about tzars and social class in general which was reminiscent of the impending Soviet Communist Revolution. I also saw overtones of modern existentialism in a 19th century novel.

    George Guidall does a wonderful job, and is easy to follow. Like many Russian novels, however, Fathers and Sons can be somewhat wordy and complex. I am not sure if the English translations are to blame or if the style of Russian writing is simply not what Americans are used to. Nonetheless, Fathers and Sons is a classic and should not be missed.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Carl Swoyersville, PA, USA 01-04-10
    Carl Swoyersville, PA, USA 01-04-10 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    43
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "A beautifully crafted novel"

    The plot revolves like a mobile around balances of characters, events, settings, and relationships. No matter how many times you go back to this book you always discover some new balance point, or counterpoint.
    Turgenev's masterpiece is particularly good for audio since it develops through scenes of dialogue between characters, like the good dramatist he was, and often lyrical descriptions of the setting.
    Guidall's narration is admirable. He captures the characters' attitudes and the narrator's tones without overacting, or oversimplifying for the reader. This is the best audio version of the book I've found.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    J. Patrello McKinney Texas 12-05-13
    J. Patrello McKinney Texas 12-05-13

    Yourock.com

    HELPFUL VOTES
    22
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    34
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "From Jeff"
    If you could sum up Fathers and Sons in three words, what would they be?

    Learned something new.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep a list of the character name summaries by your side. Russian names are definitely more difficult to keep track. It becomes easier as you go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Scott USA 05-01-12
    Scott USA 05-01-12 Member Since 2006

    “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.” (George R. R. Martin)

    HELPFUL VOTES
    44
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    161
    31
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The Clash Between Liberals and Nihilists"
    Would you listen to Fathers and Sons again? Why?

    Probably. It was a good listen and an important novel but I would probably wait at least ten years to revisit it.


    What other book might you compare Fathers and Sons to and why?

    I think it could be comparable to works his contemporaries.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    I'm not sure. He did a good job overall but I'm not sure what I would say about the performance that I liked best.


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

    No, not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I had always heard the name Ivan Turgenev as being mentioned amongst the top Russian novelists of the 19th century but I never got around to reading or listening to any of his works till now. ‘Fathers and Sons’ is generally considered his best novel and having George Guidall narrate only makes the experience that much better. Believing that this would be a complex novel I was happily surprised to find out how clearly Turgenev was able to show the divide between the new and old order of Russia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-4 of 4 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.