Smoke

  • by Ivan Turgenev
  • Narrated by Stuart Langton
  • 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set in Baden-Baden, Smoke is Ivan Turgenev's most cosmopolitan novel. First published in 1867, it is an exquisite study of politics and society and an enduringly poignant love story. Smoke, with its European setting, barbed wit, and visionary call for Russia to look west, became the center of a famous philosophical breach between Turgenev and Dostoevsky. A balanced and objective commentator, sensitive, intelligent, Turgenev is dedicated to the highest claims of art. His work lives for its universal qualities of understanding and devotion to aesthetic standards.

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Read Turgenev!

Don't be put off by the sample extract of this book. The narrator has a strong accent when reading the introduction but the actual book is beautifully read and sounds completely different.
The book is less famous than Fathers and Sons, although like his other works it is amusing, sensitive and intelligent. Well worth a listen.
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- Abi

Those Russians!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - entertaining view of mid-19th century Russian society and mores


How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I leave that sort of thing to Turgenev!


Which character – as performed by Stuart Langton – was your favourite?

Potugin was the least disagreeable


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No


Any additional comments?

A pity the narrator doesn't know French and mispronounced it constantly

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- Creeda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-11-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.