• A Sportsman's Notebook

  • Stories
  • By: Ivan Turgenev
  • Narrated by: Steven Marvel
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • 3.4 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Twenty-five beautifully written stories, penned in exile, evocatively depicting life on a manor in feudal Russia and examining the conflicts between serfs and landlords.

A Sportsman’s Notebook, Ivan Turgenev’s first literary masterpiece, is a sweeping portrayal of the magnificent 19th-century Russian countryside and the harsh lives of those who inhabited it. In a powerful and gripping series of sketches, a hunter wanders through the vast landscape of steppe and forest in search of game, encountering a varied cast of peasants, landlords, bailiffs, overseers, horse traders, and merchants. He witnesses both feudal tyranny and the submission of the tyrannized, against a backdrop of the sublime and pitiless terrain of rural Russia.

These exquisitely rendered stories, now with a stirring introduction from Daniyal Mueenuddin, were not only universally popular with the reading public but, through the influence they exerted on important members of the Tsarist bureaucracy, contributed to the major political event of mid-19th-century Russia: the Great Emancipation of the serfs in 1861. Rarely has a book that offers such undiluted literary pleasure also been so strong a force for significant social change, one that continues to speak centuries later.

Public Domain (P)2020 HarperAudio

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  • 01-08-20

HeeHaw version

I was looking forward to this but the reader turns some of the characters Turgenev describes into stereotypes of American country bumpkins, others into caricatures of Cockneys, and often the same character sounds as if he is a low class stereotype from several countries in an anachronistic succession. The performer debases the material.

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Hemingway called Turgenev an artist. Nuff said.

This is like painting portraits and landscapes with words. I can't believe this is a translation. One of my top 5 favorite books. Also, this book was partly responsible for the emancipation of the serfs, so it actually made the world a better place.

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This is Turgenev, not Mark Twain

Narrator ruins it with his Texas corn pone accents. This is Turgenev not Flannery O’Connor.

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