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And Quiet Flows the Don

Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Classics, World Literature
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Mikhail Sholokhov’s groundbreaking epic novel gives a sweeping depiction of Russian life and culture in the early 20th century. In the same vein as War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy, And Quiet Flows the Don gives listeners a glimpse into many aspects of Russian culture, and the choices a country makes when faced with war and destruction.

Public Domain (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • L. Nery
  • 31-08-19

Had it in pre-order for many months, and then...

I read the book decades ago, then I saw that the title would be released at Audible. Wow! I could remember very little from the many interweaved plots. But I remembered it as a masterpiece, and was looking forward to "living" in a Cossack village once again, seeing and hearing the characters, so vivid are Sholokov's descriptions.

I pre-ordered 2 months prior to released. As it arrived, I listened, and listened, and listened, and that's how some 60 hours after downloading it I had listened to the book's 13 hours. Superb narration for what is a page-turner. You want to know what comes next for the characters, you want to be there for the changes of each season, you can't wait to hear about the next battle. Brutality can happen any time, and your feelings won't be spared. Tenderness is also always there. What else can be said, except that epic novel is indeed epic.

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  • Lee
  • 01-12-19

A Beautiful Story

I'll confess that Quiet Flows the Don (along with the second part, the Don Flows Home to the Sea) is my favorite novel. I've read it in both Russian and English, and I consider it the finest novel ever written. That disclaimer aside, I eagerly pre-ordered the audio version as soon as I saw it would be available, and then counted down the weeks until its release. Stefan Rudnicki does justice to the story, and listening to it was a true pleasure. His performance is certainly commendable. It can be a tricky book, with many different characters and shifting viewpoints, so having a skilled narrator is a must. Rudnicki did not disappoint. If you enjoy Russian literature, tales of forbidden love, or sweeping epics, then this is the book for you. Also, check out the 14 part 2015 television adaptation of the novel after you listen to it. You won't be sorry.