Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2009
CS ISBN 9781433295140 $95.95 Nine cassettes
CD ISBN 9781433295157 $123.00 Ten CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781433295188 $44.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
Considered one of the great novels in the Russian canon, this book is a symbolic snapshot of nineteenth-century Russian life, and an intense literary experience. The story revolves around Chichikov, a man who comes to a Russian town to buy the souls of dead peasants who are still listed on the census, setting in motion a story of greed and distrust. Narrator Tom Weiner has a deep, robust, nasally tinged voice that captures the tone of the book at the beginning, but he doesn’t vary his pitch and characters enough to keep the work moving. He also reads a bit too quickly; slowing down would allow us to more easily digest the philosophical aspects of the story. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2010]
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