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  1. 0.5 hrs • Feb/09/2017 • Unabridged

    This guided meditation takes you through bottomless sea of woodland landscapes with the leaves on the trees that are at one moment transparent as emeralds, the next, they condense into golden, almost black green. Somewhere, afar off, at the end of a slender twig, a single leaf hangs motionless against the blue patch of transparent sky, and beside it another trembles with the motion of a fish on the line, as though moving of its own will, not shaken by the wind. The sequence is followed by another twenty minutes of ambient woodland sounds.

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    Forest Meditation

    Read by Greg Cetus
    0.5 hrs • Feb/09/2017 • Unabridged
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  2. 0.8 hrs • Feb/06/2017 • Unabridged

    A journey into the depth of Russian countryside where intimate connection with nature comes as a natural way of life. Meet Kassyan, who can communicate directly with birds and other forest creatures. Discover mysterious sweet-voiced oracle bird, The Gamayune living among trees with leaves that fall not, neither in autumn nor in winter, and apples grow of gold, on silver branches, and every man lives in uprightness and content. Read in English, unabridged.

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    Kassyan of Fair Springs

    Read by Max Bollinger
    0.8 hrs • Feb/06/2017 • Unabridged
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  3. 2.0 hrs • Dec/15/2016 • Unabridged

    The epic sweep of Turgenev’s nineteenth-century literary masterpiece is brought to the stage by one of Ireland’s greatest living dramatists. Fathers and Sons captures the ongoing clash of generations and philosophies. Set in a Russian country estate, Brian Friel’s powerful and resonant adaptation examines the inevitable conflict between the urgency of youth and the entrenchment of age.An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: James Callis as Bazarov, Harry Hamlin as Pavel, Nicholas Hormann as Prokofyich/Timofeich, Jane Kaczmarek as Arina/Princess Olga, Alfred Molina as Vassily/Nikolai, Molly C. Quinn as Katya, John Sloan as Arkady, Devon Sorvari as Fenichka, Daniel David Stewart as Piotr, Jocelyn Towne as Dunyahsa, and Joanne Whalley as Anna.Original music performed by Anna Lyse Erikson on the cello, Nicholas Hormann and Stephen Van Dorn on the piano, and Paul Baird on the accordian.Directed by Martin Jarvis.Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA in March of 2016.

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  4. 3.0 hrs • Jul/28/2016 • Unabridged

    The title of the novella is almost an adequate summary in itself. The “boy-meets-girl-then-loses-her” story is universal but not, I think, banal - despite a surprise ending which notoriously turns out to be very little of a surprise. First Love is given its originality and poignancy by Turgenev’s mastery of the piercing turning-point (akin to Joyce’s “epiphanies”) that transforms the character’s whole being, making a tragic outcome inevitable.

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    First Love

    Read by Martin Geeson
    3.0 hrs • Jul/28/2016 • Unabridged
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  5. 8.3 hrs • Jun/27/2016 • Unabridged

    You’re in for a delightful surprise if you’re one of the many people who believe all Russian literature is daunting and difficult. Ivan Turgenev’s stories have enchanted generations with delicate prose, marvelously subtle irony, and richly crafted characters. Set against the serene backdrop of the Russian countryside, Fathers and Sons is the story of Arcady Kirsanov, a young man who returns from college to his father’s country manor with his radical friend Bazarov in tow. Behind Bazarov’s chilling intellect hides a heart of compassion and kindness-a heart that will unwittingly change the Kirsanovs’ lives forever.

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    Fathers and Sons

    Read by George Guidall
    8.3 hrs • Jun/27/2016 • Unabridged
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  6. 0.5 hrs • May/13/2015 • Unabridged

    “The District Doctor” is the poignant story of the emerging relationship between a doctor and his dying patient.

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    The District Doctor

    Read by Cathy Dobson
    0.5 hrs • May/13/2015 • Unabridged
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  7. 6.2 hrs • Apr/13/2014 • Unabridged

    When young Russian aristocrat Dimitri Sanin, on his way home from Italy, enters a patisserie in Frankfurt, he little dreams it will alter the course of his entire life. Faced with Gemma, the most beautiful girl he has ever seen, he is blown away by the spring torrents of love. But fate has a challenge in store for Sanin, one he must successfully overcome or else lose his chance of future happiness. This tale of struggle against the force of natural passion speaks to the hearts of all who have experienced the fragile beauty of first love and the dark power of desire.

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    Torrents of Spring

    Read by Neville Jason
    6.2 hrs • Apr/13/2014 • Unabridged
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  8. 8.1 hrs • Jun/02/2011 • Unabridged

    One of the most controversial Russian novels ever written, Fathers and Sons dramatizes the volcanic social conflicts that divided Russia just before the revolution, pitting peasants against masters, traditionalists against intellectuals, and fathers against sons. It is also a timeless depiction of the ongoing clash between generations. When a young graduate returns home, he is accompanied—much to his father and uncle’s discomfort—by a strange friend who does not acknowledge any authority and does not accept any principle on faith. Bazarov is a nihilist, representing the new class of youthful radical intelligentsia that would come to overthrow the Russian aristocracy and its values. Uncouth and forthright in his opinions, Turgenev’s hero is nonetheless susceptible to love and, by that fact, doomed to unhappiness.

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    Fathers and Sons

    Read by Anthony Heald
    8.1 hrs • Jun/02/2011 • Unabridged
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  9. 1.1 hrs • May/16/2011 • Unabridged

    An intriguing confession of doctor’s romantic involvement with a beautiful 20 year old patient. Followed by Turgenev’s exquisite, often meditative descriptions of Russian countryside and mysterious herbalist Kassyan infatuated with Gamayane, a prophetic bird of Russian folklore, a symbol of wisdom and knowledge. Read in English (unabridged).

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  10. 0.4 hrs • Apr/28/2011 • Unabridged

    “The District Doctor” is a wonderful Turgenev short story that appealed and influenced American authors, such as Henry James and F. Scott Fitzgerald for its writing style, and Sherwood Anderson and Ernest Hemingway for its focus on moments. As the Doctor says to a new acquaintance, “Sometimes you know people for a long time and never talk about anything that touches the soul; sometimes you start there on the first conversation.” This is reminiscent of Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, in which people have moments of clarity when they act or don't act; here the Doctor explains such a moment in his life. The story starts quietly and ends with the Doctor being satisfied with winning a bit more than two rubles at the card game Preference.

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    The District Doctor

    Read by Deaver Brown
    0.4 hrs • Apr/28/2011 • Unabridged
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  11. 3.4 hrs • Feb/14/2011 • Unabridged

    This title includes 3-CD audio book featuring Ivan Turgenev’s Mumu and 11 Anton Chekhov stories: A Tragic Actor; In A Strange Land; Oh The Public; The Looking Glass; Her Husband; Overdoing It; Talent; Anyuta; The Helpmate; Ivan Matveyich; Polinka; Read in English by Max Bollinger (Unabridged) and accompanied by Tchaikovskiy piano music. These stories are rich in characterisation and represent brilliantly observed slices of life.

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  12. 1.1 hrs • Jan/12/2011 • Unabridged

    The first major writing by Turgenev that gained him recognition. The stories in this collection were written based on Turgenev’s own observations while hunting at his mothers’ estate. This work exposed many injustices of serfdom and led to Turgenev’s house arrest and eventual abolishment of serfdom in Russia. A fine example of realist tradition in Russian literature. Read in English (unabridged)

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  13. 8.2 hrs • Dec/20/2010 • Unabridged

    When Arkady Petrovich comes home from college, his father finds his eager, naïve son changed almost beyond recognition, for the impressionable Arkady has fallen under the powerful influence of the friend he has brought with him. A self-proclaimed nihilist, the ardent young Bazarov shocks Arkady’s father by criticizing the landowning way of life and by his outspoken determination to sweep away traditional values of contemporary Russian society. Turgenev’s depiction of the conflict between generations and their ideals stunned readers when Fathers and Sons was first published in 1862. But many could also sympathize with Arkady’s fascination with its nihilist hero, whose story vividly captures the hopes and regrets of a changing Russia. Fathers and Sons is a brilliant work that captures the tension that existed among generations and class in the prerevolutionary era in Russia. This version of Fathers and Sons is the translation by Constance Garnett.

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    Fathers and Sons

    Read by Sean Runnette
    8.2 hrs • Dec/20/2010 • Unabridged
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  14. 1.2 hrs • Sep/01/2010 • Unabridged

    An audio book adaptation of Turgenev's story set on the outskirts of Moscow, in the house of an old widow. The story was written in 1854 by Ivan Turgenev, a great Russian novelists of the nineteenth century. Turgenev wrote Mumu with such vivid images and reflections of the state of the tsarist Russia that this piece together with his other stories was credited with having influenced public opinion in favour of the abolition of serfdom in 1861.

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    Mumu

    Read by Max Bollinger
    1.2 hrs • Sep/01/2010 • Unabridged
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  15. 0.9 hrs • Sep/01/2010 • Unabridged

    Enter the world of mystery with this timeless audio book adaptation of Leskov's classic ghost story uncovering mysteries of haunted castle with reputation going back several centuries. Featuring ghost action and audio effects, it includes a story that takes you through events unfolding in St Petersburg in 1859 or 1860. This release also includes another story of mysterious disappearance. A 19th century nobleman goes missing in Turgenev's Hunting Sketches.

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  16. 6.5 hrs • Sep/29/2009 • Unabridged

    Written by one of Russia’s literary masters, Smoke is both a poignant love story and a brilliant socio-political study. Marked with a barbed wit and a visionary modernism, it became the center of a famous philosophical breach between Turgenev and Dostoevsky. On the brink of marriage, Grigorii Litvinov visits the fashionable European spa of Baden-Baden, a scene dominated by the Russian upper classes. Among them is the beautiful Irina Osinin, Litvinov’s first love, to whom he was engaged ten years earlier. Litvinov’s struggle with a nostalgic passion is set against the background of a society pulled both toward and against change as it feels the influence of the West. A sensitive and intelligent commentary on human nature, Turgenev’s Smoke endures for its high aesthetic standards and its universal qualities of understanding.

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    Smoke

    Read by Stuart Langton
    6.5 hrs • Sep/29/2009 • Unabridged
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