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The Chorus Girl

Written by: Anton Chekhov
Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
Length: 13 mins

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Publisher's Summary

This is a story from the In the Ravine and Other Stories collection.

Anton Chekhov, one of the finest masters of what is acknowledged as a difficult genre. There is the richly comic "Oh! The Public" about a hassled ticket inspector, a wry look at morals and manners in "The Chorus Girl", and the melancholic tale of a cab driver in "Misery".

Perhaps the finest of all is the novella "In The Ravine", a minutely observed look at life in a village through the eyes of one family. All the characters come to life with their foibles, their strengths, and their hopes. Kenneth Branagh uses his natural talent for characterisation to bring this village to life.

The other short stories in this collection are: "The Trousseau", "A Story Without a Title", "Children", "Fat and Thin", "The Beggar", "Hush!", "The Orator", and "An Actor's End".

Public Domain (P)2002 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"If you want an outstanding reading, in which the narrator's voice brilliantly conveys the speaker's class and the intricate relationships between characters during conversations, you can do no better than to listen to Kenneth Branagh. This great actor mesmerizes as he gasps, chuckles, stutters, and declaims. A must listen." ( AudioFile)

Renowned actor Kenneth Branagh performs Anton Chekhov's short story "The Chorus Girl" with compassion and high emotion. Pasha, a stage performer, and one of her admirers, Kolpakov, are at her home when Kolpakov's wife visits without warning, weeping and asking Pasha to leave her husband alone for the sake of their family and demanding the return of his gifts to her. Branagh deftly handles the themes of the story, performing the women's impassioned outbursts with effective, well-chosen restraint to highlight the strong irony of the situation. Branagh's perceptive depiction of the characters' vulnerabilities will especially take hold of listeners' sympathies.

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