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3.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 5 3.37 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nikolai Gogol Narrator: Gordon Griffin Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2005 ISBN:
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Gogol's great comic masterpiece paints an hilariously satirical picture of provincial life in 19th century Russia. Its publication in 1847 not only provided inspiration for succeeding generations of Russian writers, but fanned the already flickering flames of social discontent which were eventually to flare up and consume Russia in the revolution of 1917. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Moseley | 2/11/2014

    " A brillant satire! at last a Russian with a sense of humor, very clever and entertaing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helen | 1/25/2014

    " Sorry Chichikov. I just couldn't get through this book. It was a very interesting idea, and written rather nicely apart from Gogols perhaps too often interjections. I also enjoyed the satirical side of the novel and larger that life characters such as Nabokov. However, I never felt an urge to read on. To find out what happens next. It was just a struggle from chapter to chapter, until I gave up. Perhaps I'll come back and give it another go one day... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 1/17/2014

    " Amazing writing, have to read it again a few times to really absorb it...Russian books, you know. Gogol burned the second half :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 T.M. Spooner | 1/14/2014

    " Gogol is the top of the heap of the Russians. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/8/2014

    " Sometimes here, and sometimes there...this one is a bit fragmented and the narrator is a bit too self-conscious, but the reward is in his balance between gravity and playfulness. The exaggeration is delightfully funny! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reba | 12/2/2013

    " Decided to read Gogol after realizing that along with Pushkin, this guy really contributed to the motives and creativity behind Tolstoy and other great Russian writers. Thought by the cover that this book would be very dark but it's more of a comedy than anything else. His descriptions of characters are really hilarious, and some of the scenes had me laughing out loud. A bit lengthy in the same way parts of War and Peace are--bits of Gogol's philosophy on serfdom, Russian provinces and high society sometimes go into overdrive. A bit harder to read than Tolstoy but I see now where he got a lot of his inspiration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee (Rocky) | 11/25/2013

    " This book is pretty macabre, but also quite funny at times. It offers some pretty sharp satire of the landed classes in mid-1800s Russia, as well as some interesting characters and a cleverly dark scheme. The novel was never quite completed by the author so there are a couple confusing spots where pages of the manuscript are missing, which doesn't help the already uneven pacing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paige Dayley | 11/15/2013

    " I really wanted to like this book--but couldn't force myself in the end. Some really interesting messages to consider--but I couldn't get over Gogol's style which left me feeling a bit lost. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Weronika | 10/25/2013

    " Maybe it would be more interesting to me if I were Russian, but it was boring, all he did was go around collecting dead souls (slaves). That's it, no climax, no interesting plot. Just going from house to house. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy John | 6/1/2013

    " Hilarious, incredible, rambling, the middle is dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Hughes | 5/24/2013

    " started reading this as I saw it illustrated at the recent Marc Chagall Exhib and liked the story .. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RK Byers | 1/15/2013

    " expected better after reading "The Portrait". too much was lost in translation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 5/8/2012

    " I love this book. One of those can't stop so I will read it all night ones. Gogol has such way of touching on human foibles and the human condition. It is amazing to think that despite the time, distance and culture that divide us, you still feel exactly what he is getting at. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikhil Shah | 3/30/2012

    " Meh. Quite amusing for a while, but not really going anywhere. I stopped shortly after he started a many-page meditation on the Russian character. Disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanne | 11/7/2011

    " It took me a while to get into this book, but I ended up really liking it. I only gave it 4 stars because I don't like that there's no ending! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Roy | 8/29/2011

    " Somewhat disjointed, but a provocative view of Russia before Czar Alexander III freed the serfs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 6/22/2011

    " 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. :( "

  • 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.




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  • 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. "

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