In the Ravine and Other Stories

  • by Anton Chekhov
  • Narrated by Kenneth Branagh
  • 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here are 11 short stories and one novella by Anton Chekhov, one of the finest masters of what is acknowledged as a difficult genre. There is the richly comic "Oh! The Public" about a hassled ticket inspector, a wry look at morals and manners in "The Chorus Girl", and the melancholic tale of a cab driver in "Misery".

Perhaps the finest of all is the novella "In The Ravine", a minutely observed look at life in a village through the eyes of one family. All the characters come to life with their foibles, their strengths, and their hopes. Kenneth Branagh uses his natural talent for characterisation to bring this village to life.
The other short stories in this collection are: "The Trousseau", "A Story Without a Title", "Children", "Fat and Thin", "The Beggar", "Hush!", "The Orator", and "An Actor's End".
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Talented actor Kenneth Branagh, most known for his film and television roles in various Shakespeare works, tears into these classic stories with relish. Weaving a tapestry of character voices, Branagh uses accents, pacing, enunciation, and seemingly boundless energy to bring these great Russian works to life. Listeners will find themselves chuckling at times and tearing up at others as Branagh dramatizes Chekhov's deceptively simple plots and characters. The prodigious Branagh is well matched to these literary explorations by the master of the short story.

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What the Critics Say

"If you want an outstanding reading, in which the narrator's voice brilliantly conveys the speaker's class and the intricate relationships between characters during conversations, you can do no better than to listen to Kenneth Branagh. This great actor mesmerizes as he gasps, chuckles, stutters, and declaims. A must listen." (AudioFile)

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Most Helpful

Kenneth Branagh brings each story to life

Would you consider the audio edition of In the Ravine and Other Stories to be better than the print version?

Yes so much better than print, the emotion comes through the narration


What other book might you compare In the Ravine and Other Stories to, and why?

Any other Chekhov stories are great but the narration is so important


Which character – as performed by Kenneth Branagh – was your favourite?

The coach driver from 'Misery', very touching


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Great writing, & narration meet the emotion pours out. A gulp in the throat and water in the eye, not always recommended when you listen on a long drive to work, but so rewarding.


Any additional comments?

Made me purchase more Kenneth Branagh narration. I can highly recommend 'heart of darkness'

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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-11-2009
  • Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks