It is not often that the listener is asked to multitask, but here we are invited to be audience, critic, and student all at once. With a voice that expresses academic passion and easy humor, Syracuse University creative writing professor George Saunders takes us on a deep dive into the literary craft, psychology, and historic background of seven superb nineteenth-century Russian short story classics by four authors: Chekhov, Tolstoy, Turgenev, and Gogol. There is so much to glean from Saunders's musings, but the real stars, of course, are the stories themselves, read by a host of absolute first-rate name talents. Extra kudos go to narrator Nick Offerman for accentuating the natural humor in Turgenev's "The Singers" and to Keith David for his finely honed ear for detail and pace in reading Tolstoy's towering "Master and Man." B.P. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2021]
Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2021
DD ISBN 9780593394021 $22.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2021
DD ISBN 9780593394038 $95.00
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