The Overcoat

  • by Nikolai Gogol
  • Narrated by Deaver Brown
  • 1 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Fyodor Dostoevsky, the author of Crime and Punishment, once said, “We all come out from Gogol's 'The Overcoat.'" The story centers on an impoverished clerk who is dedicated to his job as a routine copyist but not recognized for his hard work. Younger clerks mock him for his dedication. His threadbare overcoat is mocked as well. He saves up to buy a new one and wears it for one glorious evening, only to have it stolen that night. He dies soon after from his great loss. Thereafter, his ghost is reported to haunt that part of St. Petersburg where the coat was stolen.

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Wonderful story, very badly read

This is a classic story about Russian poverty, written with homour and irony. The reader lumbers through either reading too quickly or stumbling over the words & the intonation is so inappropriate in places that it is really hard to follow some of the complex sentences. It sounds seriously under-rehearsed and the humour and subtlety is lost in the clumsy, heavy-handed rendition. The most annoying thing is that he gets the main character's name wrong every single time (it's Akaky Akakievich, not Aky Akievich).Did nobody listen to this before accepting it? Awful!
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- katof9tails

superb short story very well read.

What made the experience of listening to The Overcoat the most enjoyable?

The many faceted narrative


What other book might you compare The Overcoat to, and why?

Kafka,s trial


What about Deaver Brown’s performance did you like?

The emphasis in various places


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Is ambition a grievous thing?


Any additional comments?

Very thought provoking

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- Vash

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-08-2011
  • Publisher: Simply Media