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In Dostoyevksy's short story "The Wedding", the narrator recounts a Christmas party he went to in the past, and the observations he made there. Written in a conversational style and narrated clearly and unpretentiously by Walter Zimmerman, the story delves into the subject of greed, making sharp commentary on class and society in mid-19th-century Russia. This is a short audiobook - only 20 minutes long - but it's a true gem, every bit as praiseworthy as Dostoyevsky's more famous novels.

Publisher's Summary

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky is considered one of the greatest Russian writers. His works have had a profound and lasting effect on 20th-century literature. His psychological penetration into the human soul had, in novels like Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, a profound influence on the 20th century novel. He also wrote a number of brilliant short stories along these same lines. "The Wedding" is one of his best.
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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 02-09-13

A Rare Gem of a Short Story

Dostoevsky did not write many short stories so this is a rare gem. This is a very, very good short story narrated excellently. It is dark, surprising, touching, and real. A real bargain at a buck (don’t waste a full credit).

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Good story

I didn't realize Dostoevsky wrote short stories and was delighted to see - and hear this. Excellent story and very well read.

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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 03-31-13

Revealed

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Showes how greed can reveal the horrors of some bottom feeders humanity. Great short listen.

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"Without God all things are permitted." Dostoevsky

Dostoevksy's short, short (21-min) story, more commonly called, "A Christmas Tree and a Wedding" is a шедевр ["shedevr"], a masterpiece in structure that is told, as are many Dostoevsky stories, by an anonymous third person observer.

To describe the story for you would be to completely ruin it. I'll just say I think it's definitely worth 95 cents, especially if you're a literary connoisseur or a fan of Dostoevsky's work.

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Impressively bad narration!

I love the Russians, so I figured this quick short story would be entirely worth $1. Nooooo way! I only finished it because it was so short.

The narrator is very bad overall; his obviously unpracticed pronunciations of Russian names were just icing on the cake.

Good story, but get it by another narrator.

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By today's standards, predictable

Really more of a character sketch than a story. Zimmerman is a mechanical reader so brought no life or interest.

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Obivious from the beginning

Would you try another book from Fyodor Dostoevsky and/or Walter Zimmerman?

Dostoevsky is unquestionable but not all that he wrote is (in my opinion) necessarily at the same level of his masterpieces. Mr. Zimmerman's voice and accent did not help to turn an obvious plot and characters into an even "mildly" inspiring experience.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful