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The Bet

Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
Length: 19 mins
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"The Bet" is one of Chekov's most anthologized stories. A rich banker makes a bet with a poor artist that he cannot voluntarily stay imprisoned for a long period of time. The result of the bet is quite different than either man could have supposed.
©1979 Jimcin Recordings (P)1979 Jimcin Recordings

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Pretty good Chekhov Short Story

Although this is not a great story, this is solidly good Chekhov with solidly good narration. Chekhov is my favorite short story writer, yet this in not one of my favorite stories; nevertheless it is clearly worth the twenty minutes and one dollar.

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Remarkable

Remarkable short story having to do with - on less than - the real meaning
of life. Thought provoking.

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a pleasurable introduction to chekov

I haven't read much of Chekhov, however I do enjoy this story. it reminds me of other Russian authors who I have right before. The book itself makes me feel conflicted and pensive, akin to how I felt amidst other similar authors. I've always been a fan of short stories because they can be so impactful, this book is the same.

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Great Short Story

Money isn't of much worth. Time in good books, pondering, and seeking peace. Beautifully written and told. Must read when you have a few minutes.

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The Bet

One of my favorite short stories by Anton Chekhov. Strong didactic theme and moral that has much to teach us, even today. It addresses the theme of capital punishment and begs the question, "Which is worse?" and makes us ask ourselves what price we would pay for freedom. Ironic final ending that will "imprison" the reader, long after the final page is turned.
-Deborah Killion, writer