Extended Audio Sample

Download Dead Souls Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Dead Souls Audiobook, by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol Click for printable size audiobook cover
3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (10 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: July 2009 ISBN: 9781455195046
Regular Price: $22.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

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.

Download and start listening now!

BK_BLAK_003359

Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larissa | 4/6/2011

    " I prefer Gogol's short stories, but this piece could have been magnificent if he managed to finish it before he died. Full of his typical wit and humor, despite it leaving off in the middle of a sentence, it's still an enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 3/27/2011

    " Gogol has some really important points to say but I found myself getting disinterested in it in parts despite it's potential to be a radical text. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rev. | 3/20/2011

    " Engaging, but the ending did not, I feel, cash the check that the story was writing. The style, though (obviously) translated was what got this a three and not less. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 3/10/2011

    " I read half of it and could not bring myself to finish it. The half I read was written beautifully - the descriptions were vivid, the dialogue engaging. But the plot just did not move along for me. I couldn't keep with it. After 2 months with the bookmark in the same place, I gave up. :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 3/5/2011

    " Not necessarily a breeze to read but well worth your time. I really enjoy Gogol's writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward | 3/2/2011

    " A decent dark comedy. Diary of a Madman was better. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author

Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (1809–1852) was a Ukrainian-born Russian writer often called the “father of modern Russian realism” because he was one of the first Russian writers to criticize his country’s way of life. The novels Taras Bul’ba and Dead Souls (1842), the play The Inspector-General (1836, 1842), and the short stories “Diary of a Madman,” “The Nose,” and “The Overcoat” (1842) are among his best-known works. With their scrupulous and scathing realism, ethical criticism, as well as philosophical depth, they remain some of the most important works of world literature.

About the Narrator

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is an Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.