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The Great Russian Short Story Collection

Written by: Leo Tolstoy,Anton Chekhov,Fedor Sologub,Alexander Pushkin,Maxim Gorky,Nikolai Gogol,Fyodor Dostoevsky
Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
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Publisher's Summary

The ultimate collection of great short stories by the best Russian classic authors.

  • 1. "Her Lover" by Maxim Gorky
  • 2. "The Empty Drum" by Count Leo Tolstoy
  • 3. "The Hoop" by Fedor Sologub
  • 4. "The District Doctor" by Ivan Turgenev
  • 5. "The White Dog" by Fedor Sologub
  • 6. "The Cloak" by Nikolai Gogol
  • 7. "A Soothing Dream" by Fedor Sologub
  • 8. "The Christmas Tree and the Wedding" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • 9. "A Work of Art" by Anton Chekhov
  • 10. "Children Wiser Than Their Fathers" by Count Leo Tolstoy
  • 11. "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov
  • 12. "The Coffin Maker" by Alexander Pushkin
  • 13. "The Three Hermits" by Count Leo Tolstoy
  • 14. "Twenty-Six Men and a Girl" by Maxim Gorky
  • 15. "The Queen of Spades" by Alexander Pushkin
  • 16. "A Candle" by Count Leo Tolstoy
  • 17. "The Self-Sacrificing Rabbit" by Nicolai Schedrin
  • 18. "The Honest Thief" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • 19. "Comrades" by Maxim Gorky
  • 20. "The Long Exile" by Count Leo Tolstoy
  • 21. "The Nose" by Nikolai Gogol
  • 22. "The Chorus Girl" by Anton Chekhov
  • 23. "The Old Verger" by Vladimir Korolenko
  • 24. "The Encased Man" by Anton Chekhov
  • 25. "The Pistol Shot" by Alexander Pushkin
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Interesting

I really enjoyed the different stories by the different authors. The narrator was a little hard to understand - she had a heavy accent. Other than that - I would say OK.

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  • 2015-09-24

Terrible narrator

What didn’t you like about Cathy Dobson’s performance?

Every three words she does a downward inflection and a drag! It really makes no difference what she's reading: the title, the author's name, the middle or the end of a sentence. It's so terribly monotonic, I replayed a 10 minutes story three times and still could not follow. This is by far the worst audio book I've ever gotten.

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  • Yearachmiel Holtz
  • 2017-08-01

Great selection ruined by abysmal narration.

Superb selection but the narration ruined the experience. Dobson reads every sentence as one would read a fairy tale to a child. Somehow she managed to strip profound passages of meaning with her annoying overdramatic performance. Her unwarranted emphasis on every last word of a sentence was cringeworthy. So disappointing because she ruined the magnificent selections.

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  • La'toya Myles
  • 2018-09-02

Narrator is detestable.

I can't finish because I cannot concentrate. the narrator sounds silly, and I don't know why she has to make things sound "scary" when they're not. Seriously, every story is a horror story because of her narration. Very annoying.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-12-05

Room for improvement

I greatly admire the writers represented here. I was frustrated at not knowing more clearly which one I was listening to. Cathy Dobson has an intriguing voice, but also a few idiosyncrasies of phrasing and diction that I at first found distracting -- later on, I got used to them, yet still found they drained away some of the power of the stories.

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  • Amazis
  • 2021-11-10

Who pressed the record button?

As much as I liked the stories, and tried to block the nature of the narrator’s voice, I couldn’t last more than 45 minutes of listening to this narrator. Who produced this, who directed it and how a sound engineer is ok with recording this monotone, raspy, slithery voice for a whooping 11 hours. Couldn’t she at least change the voice a bit for each story?