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THE BLACK MONK AND OTHER STORIES

by | Read by Ralph Cosham

Classics • 2.5 hrs. • Unabridged • ©

Chekhov can characterize with a single well-selected detail. He sums up relationships among a group of people, or the beliefs held by an entire country, by finding those key objects that crystallize his characters' strongest emotions. These four stories dramatize an array of obsessions that are at once purely Russian and deeply universal. Ralph Cosham's voice is so clear and unaccented as he reads these tales that he is a bit surprising; the complex Russian names stand out, jolting the listeners. But that's the only shock here, as Cosham fits his delivery to Chekhov's style, surging to pile description on description, then pausing, to give entire scenes a unified feel and pace. A superior recording. G.T.B. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 03]

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Formats

Book pak • Commuters Library • 2002

CS ISBN 1584722177 $20.95 • Two cassettes

CD ISBN 1584720883 $25.00 • Two CDs

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