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Short Stories by Anton Chekhov (Stephen Fry Presents) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007316372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007316373
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.6 x 15.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Stephen’s voice is so full of character and emotion that he brings these stories to life. And, obviously, they are read by a Great Britain (meant in every sense of the word), so Wilde’s stories are brought back where they belong and have been acceptedwith open arms”

“No one else could bring these stories to life like Stephen Fry. truly wonderful”

About the Author

Anton Chekhov was born on 29 January 1860, the third of six surviving children, in Taganrog, a port on the Sea of Azov in southern Russia where his father, Pavel Yegorovich Chekhov, the son of a former serf, ran a grocery store. A director of the parish choir, devout Orthodox Christian, and physically abusive father, Pavel Chekhov has been seen by some historians as the model for his son's many portraits of hypocrisy.Chekhov's mother, Yevgeniya, was an excellent storyteller who entertained the children with tales of her travels with her cloth-merchant father all over Russia. "Our talents we got from our father," Chekhov remembered, "but our soul from our mother."


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Chekhov is said to be one of the World's most admired playwrights/ authors among thespians. Part of the reason for this is that few have read him & he sounds bewilderingly hard to get into (similar to the reputation of James Joyce or Dostoyevsky).

The fact is that he isn't really that daunting and his short stories are accessible & often fun. Couple this with having the Master of Eloquent Simplification reading it (and a good translater in Constance Garnet) and you will find that this CD makes an excellent introduction to Chekhov.

The 2 CD's cover 7 stories of about 5-15 minutes each (Story 5, though, is 40 minutes). As no listing is available, I will detail them here.

1. AN AVENGER.
This first story is typical dark Russian humour. The story involves a man called Sergeyev talking to a shop-man in a Gun Shop about buying a gun so he can get revenge on his adulterous wife. Personally, I found this story quite insightful into late Tsarist Russia, with the Gun Shop owner grumbling about Import Duties & saying 'I'm a Conservative but...'

2. A BLUNDER.
Much lighter than the first story & more farcical. A Mother & Father plot to wave an 'Icon' above their daughter & one of her suitors in order that the suitor is forced to marry him. The results are interesting...

3. BOYS.
Velodya returns to his family home with a strange visitor. The two plot to join the Californian Gold Rush.

4. THE HUNTSMAN.
I found this my favourite story on CD 1, as it involves a Rogueish fellow called Yeagor Vlasic speaking with a Peasant woman he was forced to marry when drunk. The interplay of grumpy Bad-Boy & doting wife was both amusing & also somewhat sad.

5. THE LADY AND THE DOG.
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By ziggy_fan TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 July 2010
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Some might think of Russian authors as being heavy going and that you would need to set aside days at a time to get through their works. But not this set of short stories, I took the plunge because seeing Stephen Fry on the box cover encouraged me to take the plunge and try some Chekov. Well what a joy it is to listen to Fry's characterful narration. Worth every penny of this mid-price set and it will out a smile on your face right from the first paragraph. Try it, you won't be disappointed.
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This is lovely to listen to - if you have never tried Chekhov, give it a go... I think you will be surprised.
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Short but good stories beautifully read, just as you would expect from the eloquent Mr Fry.

Would be ideal for all generations.
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this was a great purchase, I was delighted about the delivery of this CD and hope that next purchase will be the same
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Still giving great pleasure to someone who is blind and loves Mr Fry and Chekhov
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What a strange compilation of stories!! I did enjoy it though. Stephen Fry makes the stories come alive.
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