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"Chekhov is probably better known in Britain for his plays than for his prose. For many, however, it is his short stories that mark the high water of his genius. It might at first glance be hard for those not used to his style of narrative to see what the fuss is about - and fuss there is: for most authors and lovers of literature Chekhov is incomparably the greatest short story writer there ever was. These tales appear to be about nothing. Some seem shockingly short and disarmingly inconsequential. They often fail to provide that sting in the tail or punch in the gut that we associate with the kind of popular Roald Dahl, Somerset Maugham story. But if you let character, observation and language do their work in your mind - hope you will agree with me that no writer captured, mood, moral entanglement, familial love and the pains and joys of humanity quite as well and with quite so much painterly detail, sympathy and fellow-feeling as Anton Chekhov." written by Stephen Fry.

©2008 SamFry Limited; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
©2008 SamFry Limited (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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Fine Tragicomedy

I loved the witty black-humoured short stories, especially ‘the duel’ and ‘oysters’.
Initially I was unsure about Stephen Fry’s reading style but I came to enjoy the fast pace and focus on the comedic aspects.
Unfortunately the recording was let down by the editing. There were only milliseconds between the poignant endings of the short stories and the beginning of the next, in some cases Stephen Fry didn’t even get to finish his final words!

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The stories and the narrator deserve better

What a joy to listen to the world’s best narrator, reading Russia’s best short stories. Only.... the audio editing is excruciating.

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Lovely, poignant stories. Excellent reading!

I loved the selection, but more stories could have been included. Not comprehensive enough. Chekov is still taught at Universities worldwide, so this can be a good recommendation for literature students to listen to on their way to Uni, for example.

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Dark but beautiful.

Anton Chekov’s short stories although somewhat dark are filled with life lessons. The truth behind life’s facades paints the pictures in these well written stories.
A must for the serious, logic person. Leaving a long lasting impression.

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