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Publisher's Summary

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was one of the greatest writers of all time. Today he is remembered both as a brilliant playwright and one of the masters of the short story. "Anna Around the Neck" and "A Trifle from Life" are prime examples of the latter.
(P)2008 Roberson Audio

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 03-24-13

Good Chekhov bad Narration

This was only 63 cents so it is difficult to find too much fault. I really like both of these stories, but the narration and audio is so bad as to make the overall experience quite poor. There is a slight but annoying echo and hum in the audio and the narrator enunciates so strictly it is irritating. I would certainly not recommend this selection to anyone.

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I Was Not Impressed

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This felt like one of those books that I academically "should" listen to, but it did not have anything exciting or appealing about it.

If you’ve listened to books by Anton Chekhov before, how does this one compare?

I have not really been impressed by Chekhov's work overall.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

There was nothing wrong with the narration but nothing stood out either.

Was 'Anna Around the Neck' and 'A Trifle from Life' worth the listening time?

The stories are not of much more than academic interest. I do not understand why some people are fascinated by Chekhov.

Any additional comments?

There are many other books more worth the time and attention.

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The best interpretation of Chekhov I have heard.

What made the experience of listening to 'Anna Around the Neck' and 'A Trifle from Life' the most enjoyable?

Chekhov constantly ponder the question of older men taking advantage of younger women. In the one she get the upper hand and it is delightful.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 'Anna Around the Neck' and 'A Trifle from Life'?

The change that Anna goes through from the meek and the mild girl who had to marry for money to save he family. To the matron of the house who realizes that her husband is more afraid of her than she is of him.

Have you listened to any of John William Cawthorne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, and they are all excellently performed, he doesn't read books he acts them out.

Who was the most memorable character of 'Anna Around the Neck' and 'A Trifle from Life' and why?

Anna is the most memorable character.

Any additional comments?

This is well worth the money I spent on it, which wasn't much.