Bulgakov: A Dog's Heart

  • by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Narrated by Roy McMillan
  • 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When a respected surgeon decides to transplant human body parts into a stray dog, he creates a monster - drunken, profligate, aggressive and selfish. It seems the worst aspects of the donor have been transplanted as well. As his previously well-regulated home descends into riotous chaos, the doctor realises he will have to try to reverse the operation; but the dog isn't so keen....
Wild, uproarious and deliriously comic, Bulgakov's short novel is at once a comment on the problems of 1920s Russia and a lasting satire on human nature.
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Brilliant Bulgakov

This is a perfect introduction to Bulgakov. The dialogue between the professor, the boorish dog man and the professor's colleagues is so rich and amusing that I wound it back several times just to enjoy it all over again. The sub plot detailing the professor's feud with the tenant's association is laugh out loud hilarious. On top of that the professor is one of the most compelling characters I have read in fiction for a long time.

Roy McMillan is a wonderful narrator. The voices of the professor and the dog are a joy to listen to.

If you are curious about Bulgakov I would thoroughly recommend this. If you enjoy satire and/ or have an interest in Soviet history then this is essential listening.

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- Kaggy

Barking up the right tree

If it is possible to be a big fan of a deceased Russian satirical author then I am one and proud of it. I love Bulgakov's stuff and this is up there with the best of his work.

This is short novel is a satire on life in Bolshevik Russia and human nature, but also a work of comic fiction. A brief synopsis would sum it up as an eminent doctor conducts an experiment in which he transplants a deceased criminal's pituitary gland and testes into the body of a stray dog he has taken in. The dog transforms over the following weeks into a manlike creature. However, instead of being a loyal, obedient dog-like person, he is an unpleasant, conniving bastard who causes no end of misery for anyone who crosses his path.

Roy McMillan reads it with verve and aplomb and it gives it the voice this story so richly deserves.
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- Paul Snook

Book Details

  • Release Date: 31-01-2011
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks