Nikolai Gogol's "The Overcoat", first published in 1842, remains to this day one of the most influential works of Russian literature ever to be written. This renowned short story follows protagonist Akaky Akakievich on a tragicomic quest first for a new and very fine overcoat, and later, for a revenge of sorts after misfortune befalls this poor clerk and his beautiful coat.
Actor Walter Zimmerman has a particularly sharp and interesting style of narration, and a very strong ear for tone, resulting in an especially subtle and nuanced performance of this classic piece.
"This story (The Overcoat), one of Gogol's most famous is skillfully narrated to reflect the author's frustration with civil service and the plight of the poor, and will evoke an emotional response among listeners." (Booklist)
If you like short fiction, you might try "Great French and Russian Short Stories, Volume 1", which has THE OVERCOAT and many other stories (over 9 hrs in all) for not much more than you'd pay for this 1 hour story, especially if you're a Premium Listener.
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Would you listen to The Overcoat again? Why?
It's good but once you've listed you know it.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Walter Zimmerman?
His voice was nice, but the eco was distracting.
I have just got into Russian literature and The Overcoat was the first talking book I got on this genre and the story just kept me totally engaged throughout. I have read a fair bit of English and American literature and I can only put it on a par with Steinbeck and his 'Cannery Row' for its beauty of insight into the human condition.
It is a fantastic book and really makes you ponder over people, life and detail.