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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (3 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Greenman Narrator: Kathleen McInerney, Jeff Woodman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9780062007018
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New Yorker editor and McSweeney's contributor Ben Greenman reshapes Russian literature's most celebrated stories around America's most popular pop culture icons, probing the deep complexities of Anton Chekov (not to mention those of Cruise or Kardashian). Thought-provoking and funny, these wryly re-imagined tales will be sure-fire favorites for every kind of reader, whether your favorite escapes are celebrity memoirs like L.A. Candy and The Truth about Diamonds, re-conceived classics like Wicked, literary parodies like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, or masterpieces of fiction from authors like Tolstoy, Pushkin and Chekhov himself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ben Greenman’s mind contains, among other things, a literary critic, a cultural commentator, a cowboy, a satirist, a scientist, a surrealist, a nut, a genius, a child prodigy, and a poet.”

    Susan Minot, prize-winning author and screenwriter

  • “Greenman’s Celebrity Chekhov might be the first literary mashup that actually adds to our understanding of the original work.”

    Very Short List

  • “A high-concept experiment in surreal comedy that’s also an action of devotion regarding the persistent power of literature.”

    L Magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 5/18/2011

    " Chekhov's stories are updated and cast with modern-day celebrities. Cleverly done, but the fun of it wore off for me about half way through. I don't think I would particularly like Chekhov's stories without the celebrities.
    Blue Bookcase review coming in a couple of weeks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bibi | 11/16/2010

    " This was an easy book to read by the pool because they are short stories. However, some of the stories did not make sense to me because I have not read any of Chekhov's stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sidik | 10/30/2010

    " SIX WORD REVIEW: Chekhov mixed with celebrities changes things... "

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About the Author
Author Ben Greenman

Ben Greenman is an editor at the New Yorker and the author of several acclaimed books of fiction, including, Superbad, A Circle Is a Balloon, Compass Both, and the funk-rock novel Please Step Back. His fiction, essays, and journalism have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Paris Review, Zoetrope, McSweeney’s, and Opium, and he has been widely anthologized. He is also a regular contributor to the online music site MoistWorks.com. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

About the Narrators

Kathleen McInerney won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2011 and was a finalist for the Audie in 2010 and 2015. Her narrations have also earned seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has performed in New York and around the United States in both classical and contemporary theater. Her credits also include television commercials, daytime drama, radio plays, and animation voice-over.

Jeff Woodman is an actor and narrator. He is a winner of the prestigious Audie Award and a six-time finalist. He has received twenty Earphones Awards and was named the 2008 Best Voice in Fiction & Classics, as well as one of the Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine. As an actor, he originated the title role in Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S. F. Critics’ Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous theater credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Cosby.