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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (60,217 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mikhail Bulgakov Narrator: Julian Rhind-Tutt Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN:
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The Master and Margarita is one of the most famous and best-selling Russian novels of the 20th century, despite its surreal environment of talking cats, Satan, and mysterious happenings. Naxos AudioBooks presents this careful abridgement of a new translation in an imaginative reading by the charismatic Julian Rhind-Tutt. With War and Peace and Crime and Punishment among the Naxos AudioBooks best-sellers, this too promises to be a front title.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maria | 2/8/2014

    " I listened to this as an audiobook, so maybe I didn't "get it," but this was AWFUL. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Henry Avila | 2/3/2014

    " A poet "Homeless" and a magazine editor,Berlioz, are having a conversation, in a Moscow park,just before the start of the second world war. Drinking sodas,discussing business, ordinary right? That's the last time in the novel.An apparition appears and a seven foot transparent man, is seen floating above their heads.But only Berlioz spots it.He's obviously sick... Later a foreign stranger, joins them on the next bench.They start a conversation about Jesus, if he really existed.The newcomer,a self described black magic expert, tells the others, he saw Pontius Pilate and Jesus, personally ! Naturally his companions, look at him with a little disbelief.Professor Woland,( the name is discovered afterwards)must be a spy or crazy. Either way,authorities should be contacted. Tragic results follow soon after.A wild chase through city streets ensues. Weirdest of all, a giant black tom cat ,who walks on two legs, and tries to get on a streetcar but the heartless conductor,says no cats, refuses entry.But Behemoth , the cat, does manage to get on the streetcar. They're very intelligent animals. What the devil is going on ? The professor and his entourage, give the best magic show,on stage,ever seen in Moscow.Too bad you missed it! Meanwhile a married woman,Margarita, having an affair with an author,who is writing a novel.She calls him "Master".You guessed right ,the book , its about Pontius Pilate. Mirroring Bulgakov's life,the manuscript is banned.Many funny adventures follow, involving flying and the destruction of property.Men disappear,strange events happen all around the city....The highlight is Satan's Ball,presided by Margarita,as the Queen,attended mostly by the dead. Eerie, to say the least. A dream like, melancholic atmosphere permeates. Flamboyant, imaginative fable,a real classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorin | 1/31/2014

    " A book which really surprised me. By the title i was actually expecting something else...but really loved the reality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Martin | 1/30/2014

    " If you want to dive into Russian literature, I would recommend picking this book up first, while not as well known as Dostoyevsky or Tolstoy, Bulgakov captures the fucked up writing style that is Russian lit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline Harris | 1/19/2014

    " I had a hard time getting through the density of this book. But, I couldn't put it down. Quite the political commentary. I am not going to try to analyze this book, I don't think I could do it justice. I read it as an "if you liked The Orphan Master's Son, then you should read..." book. I did enjoy the chapters that focused on the Pilate character. I think I just have trouble with reading those huge Russian names and keeping them straight! Definitely worth a try. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen | 1/15/2014

    " FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/13/2014

    " One of my all time favourite works of fiction! Great imagination. Behemoth the talking cat is just fantastically funny!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina Marcon | 12/10/2013

    " I need to re-read this! Loved it - confusing at times but so interesting!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susie Nazzaro | 11/22/2013

    " Quite possibly the best book I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 10/22/2013

    " I am not smart enough for this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy wu | 9/25/2013

    " This book is like the Louvre pressed between covers. You can appreciate the surface beauty of the story, and it is a beautiful albeit manic story, or delve into references to history and scandal. Either way, it is an unforgettable experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brammert | 9/23/2013

    " A very nice read! It shows us that evil hides in almost all of us! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marti | 4/17/2013

    " Non l'ho capito ma l'ho amato. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Natalie | 12/18/2012

    " Just didn't grab me enough to want to finish it. Maybe one day I'll come back to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Delamonica | 10/27/2012

    " Um dos meus livros prediletos. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Plamena Nalbantova | 7/31/2012

    " Certainly one of the most amazing books I have ever read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Unsloth | 7/19/2012

    " Absurd. Hilarious. Immensely enjoyable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bybee | 1/12/2012

    " Not my cup of vodka! I still remember the woman who recommended this novel to me. Karen! Grr, err, grr, Karen! Where are you now? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck O'Connor | 12/30/2011

    " The insanity that occurs with the commitment to a totalizing ideology invites Satan to conjure Hell and drive people insane. And it is funny too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony Ramsey | 12/20/2011

    " Finished most of the book on the trip from Seattle to Montreal. This was my first book by Bulgakov and I was very impressed. It has made it onto my top ten books list and I will be recommending it to others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Þorbjörn | 11/13/2011

    " Really a great book, written in a flamboyant style! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Violeta | 8/23/2011

    " This book is my Bible. It is simply a work of a genius. I grew up in a communist country and I know what Bulgakov is talking about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morgan | 7/8/2011

    " I preferred Heart of a Dog "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Hamilton | 6/30/2011

    " This may be my favorite book. Ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Landrun01 | 5/23/2011

    " Very fun read. The transition from chapter 1 to 2 is innovative and greatly compelling (will stick with me I think). Can tell he is foundational to some Ukrainian writers today. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rich | 5/23/2011

    " I tried, I really did, but this was just too weird for me. There were a few parts that were interesting, but the supernatural stuff was just too much for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 5/22/2011

    " Read in origina Russian, my all time favorite book. A masterpiece, literary perfection unlike any other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theo | 5/22/2011

    " the translation i read was different to this edition. but nevertheless and all things considered this still must be one of the best books ever written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mopraha | 5/19/2011

    " Indescriptible et unique ce livre est un des meilleurs que j'ai pu lire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wes | 5/19/2011

    " One of the funniest books I have read. It is a shame this author was unknown in his lifetime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jos | 5/18/2011

    " When we finally get a cat it HAS to be black. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindi | 5/16/2011

    " One of my all time favourites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mel | 5/13/2011

    " This book was doing too much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ola | 5/11/2011

    " My favourite book of all times!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Biskin | 5/2/2011

    " Another absolutely perfect novel. Another absolute must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Al | 5/1/2011

    " This book is an amazing magically real psychological phantasmagoria of a narrative. Bulgakov has my vote for the best retelling of any biblical story since Nikos Kazanzakis or Dostoyevski in The Grand Inquisitor Chapter. Just a splendid novel, and it was suppressed for many years. "

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About the Author
Author Mikhail Bulgakov

Mikhail Bulgakov (1891–1940) was born in Kiev. Schooled as a doctor, he gave up the practice of medicine in 1920 to devote himself to writing. He went on to write some of the greatest novels in twentieth-century Russian literature, including White Guard and Black Snow. Though Bulgakov’s work was often censored, Stalin showed his personal favor by protecting him from imprisonment and finding a job for him at the Moscow Art Theatre, where the writer would work as a director and playwright for many years. He died at the age of forty-nine from a kidney disorder. His masterpiece, The Master and Margarita, would not be published until twenty-six years after his death.

About the Narrator

Julian Rhind-Tutt is an actor and voice artist. His audiobook narrations have earned five AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His film appearances include roles in The Madness of King George, The Saint, Les Misérables, Notting Hill, and Tomorrow Never Dies, while his television credits include Reckless, Dangerfield, and Richard II. His stage work includes Editing Process, The Way of the World, Catherine Howard, and as the Duke of York in The Madness of George III. He is also the recipient of the Carlton Hobbs Award from BBC Radio.