• Hadji Murat

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Chris Blair
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Hadji Murat is a short novel by Leo Tolstoy which was published posthumously in 1912. It tells the story of Hadji Murat, a separatist guerrilla in the Caucasus who falls out with his own commander and eventually sides with the Russians in the hope of saving his family. 

Hadji Murat differs from the other works Tolstoy produced in this period: In The Devil (1889), The Kreutzer Sonata (1890), "Father Sergius" (1898), Resurrection (1899), "Master and Man" (1895), and The Forged Coupon (1905), the theme is man's moral duty, which is not the case in Hadji Murat, a realist narrative based on actual people and events. It was written about 50 years after the events described, and Tolstoy used archival material, including Murad's own account of his life.

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Appallingly bad reading.

This atrocious reading in an amateurish attempt at a Russian accent ruins the experience of this novella. This voice, which sounds like a bad caricature of Yiddish, is used for all the characters, whether Russian or not. This would be bad enough, but the reader goes further, using it for the entire narrative, making listening nearly unbearable for anyone sensitive to the nuances of voice or language.

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Appalling phony accent

The reader tried to fake a Russian(?) accent. Ruined an amazing story. Who thought that this would not be offensive?

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bad accent

the book was excellent, but the bad fake accent was unnecessary and detracted from Tolstoy

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marvelous story

really loved it. one of the best of all Tolstoy books, and with a perfect length for Audio book.
I would have preferred a performance without Russian accents , but it was superb never
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  • B.
  • 11-26-20

A great story undermined by a fake accent.

Hadji Murat is a late Tolstoy classic, a book I've waited many years to find as an audiobook. And while the story, which is as sweeping in scope as War and Peace but condensed to its essence, remains worth hearing again, this performance is ill-advised and undermines the value. For some unfathomable reason, Chris Blair, an American, chose to read the book in a fake accent—something that hovers ambiguously between Russian and Middle Eastern and belongs nowhere but the dustbin. It's bearable, but it made me resent wasting a credit.

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  • Ed Stanton
  • 01-12-22

Terrible reading

Unlistenable. Why have a reader with a heavy, charmless, nondescript accent? How do I return this and retrieve my credit?