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The Wife

Narrated by: Michael Scott
Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
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Summary

In this classic short story, Chekhov takes a snapshot of the Russian life, illuminating the harsh complexities and yet subtle simplicities that interact seamlessly together. The cold and gloom of the Russian environment cannot compare to the relationship that Pavel Andreitch, a rich aristocratic, has with his wife, who is no longer in love, or even tolerant of her husband, although helplessly reliant on his financial support. Their disintegrating relationship is set to the backdrop of the starving peasants of the lower classes, illuminating the perennial tension of an egotistical, self-centered man and the struggling goodness of a woman who cares about more than just herself.

©2018 Anton Chekhov (P)2018 AB Books

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Pauses by design?

Story was excellent.
Although well read, I found the pauses to be instrumental for the reader's purpose rather than designed by the literature. This made the story less fluid than it could have been.

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The wrong reader

Obviously great writing but the reader makes this unlistenable to. A grating accent so wrong for this work of literature. ‘To be sure, to be sure’ rolled and growled. The French word c’est pronounced as in zest! Oh dear.