Chekov Short Stories

I’d thought that short stories would be an ideal source for audiobook material, each story being about the length of a one-way commute, but the collection of 11 Chekov stories was not satisfying at all. I’d had a similar experience listening to an unabridged version of The Brothers Kharamazov a few months earlier. The more I type, the more it seems like I don’t have the proper apprecation for Russian literature, which tends to be very philosophical, weighty, the characters more likely to be symbolic representations if not outright mouthpieces for deep thoughts rather than being memorable in their own right. If that is the case, if indeed Russian literature is something I need to study, to learn to appreciate, then I don’t think audiobooks, which by their nature are superficial, is the appropriate format.

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