Stephen Fry Presents a Selection of Anton Chekhov's Short Stories

  • by Anton Chekov
  • Narrated by Stephen Fry
  • 1 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"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

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Humor & tales from the past.


Humorous characterisations in well-developed vignettes of pre-revolutionary Russia. A glimpse of the every day and the absurd that still works on many levels.
A good collection that will satisfy.
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- Wras

The great and the glitch

Chekhov and Fry dispense introductions: larger than life writer and fantastic performer. Hearing Chekov's poignant stories with Stephen's unique acting is a treat. But the audio book is very poorly edited: chapters are cut off before really ending and one can barely hear the story's name at the beginning.
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- sandrodc

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-12-2008
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited