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Extended Audio Sample Dead Souls, by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol Click for printable size audiobook cover
3.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 5 3.83 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Regarded as the first great masterpiece of Russian literature, Dead Souls mixes realism and symbolism for a vivid and highly original portrait of Russian life.

Chichikov, a mysterious stranger, arrives in a provincial town with a bizarre but seductive proposition for local landowners. He proposes to buy the names of their serfs who have died but who are still registered on the census, thereby saving their owners from paying taxes on them. But what collateral will Chichikov receive for these “souls”? What dubious scheme lies behind his actions?

Full of larger-than-life Dickensian characters—rogues and scoundrels, landowners and serfs, conniving petty officials, and the wily antihero Chichikov—Dead Souls is a devastating comic satire on social hypocrisy.

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  • “Considered one of the world’s finest satires, this picaresque work traces the adventures of the social-climbing Pavel Ivanovich Chichikov, a dismissed civil servant out to seek his fortune. It is admired not only for its enduring comic portraits but also for its sense of moral purpose.”

    Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature

  • “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…Narrator Tom Weiner has a deep, robust, nasally tinged voice that captures the tone of the book.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ctb | 5/17/2011

    " Love this and hate that it is incomplete. When it trailed off mid-sentence at the end of book one I thought I was supposed to figure something out. Book two is sketchy throughout. Brilliant premise. Incisive writing of the character of Russia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jake | 5/9/2011

    " Dead Souls is some funny shit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Asmaa | 5/3/2011

    " actually i read the Arabic version, translated by raduga publisher Moscow
    but i hated the main character as much as i can cause he was dirty mean feudal.


  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda | 4/20/2011

    " I laughed out loud! I only wish Gogol had lived to finish it himself, because there were bits missing. But a great story well written. "

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