"The Queen of Spades" is the best known and probably the best of all Russian short stories. It confronts the great riches of a few and the impoverishment of the many in the form of the assistant to the fabulously rich and old Countess; Hermann, who seeks great wealth through any means; and the countess's knowledge of how to win one's fortune on three cards. The denouement is worthy of being considered one of the finest in literature. As a great critic said, Gogol's "The Overcoat" may have been the great work that inspired Russian authors such as Fyodor Dostoevsky, but the "Queen of Spades" inspired all of literature.
Sorry to be so negative but after listening to this version for 10 minutes that was the only word that came to mind. In my opinion the narration was simply awful.
The short story is very good,but in this case take the time to read it yourself.
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Would you try another book from Alexander Pushkin and/or Deaver Brown?
I have read other Pushkin stories and will re-read some favorites. I shall never listen to another book by Deaver Brown
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I could hardly bear to listen to the story as the reading was so amateurish.
How could the performance have been better?
I'm not sure there's much hope for this reader. The voice is abrasive and his pronunciations are all over the shop. Nothing professional about the performance.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I will try to find a different performer to liaten to this famous story again.
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If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
To hear Pushkin's classic mangled by such an egregious reading is painful indeed. Deaver Brown could not manage some of the Russian names with any consistency or accuracy - even though the patronymics had been omitted. Nor could he distinguish between "external" and "eternal". Or correctly pronounce "flaccid." But these are quibbles compared to utter lack of any attempt at characterisation, or variety in tone and pace. I thought that perhaps this gentleman was a long-retired American academic, making an extra buck by recording classic texts, but no - to my horror, Audible lists quite a few books he has recorded. Avoid.
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Any additional comments?
This is a tale which veers from the delicate to the macabre; more is left unsaid than stated and the reader (or listener) anxiously tries to fill in the gaps before the denouement. It requires a dramatic range sadly lacking in this effort.