Doctor Zhivago

  • by Boris Pasternak, Richard Pevear (translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (translator)
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of its original publication, here is a new translation of the classic story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.
Taking his family from Moscow to what he hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds. Set against this backdrop of cruelty and strife is Zhivago’s love for the tender and beautiful Lara: pursued, found, and lost again, Lara is the very embodiment of the pain and chaos of those cataclysmic times.


What the Critics Say

"This new translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky is for the first time based on the authentic original text, reflects the present, deeper level of understanding of the great masterpiece of 20th century Russian literature and conveys its whole artistic richness with all its complexities and subtleties that had escaped the attention of the earlier translators and readers." (Lazar Fleishman, Professor of Russian Literature, Stanford University)
"Without a doubt, their version will become the standard translation of the novel for years to come." (Barry Scherr, Mandel Family Professor of Russian, Dartmouth College)


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Customer Reviews

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Russian Philosophical Feast

Any additional comments?

This book is so much more than an epic historical love story, but I would never have picked up on it earlier in life. It is a Russian philosophical feast. The women in Zhivago's life clearly portray his feelings about Russia and the social changes that it went through. I'm amazed at how Pasternak was able to do this. The audio version was excellent because it provided a short intro that helped me with the magical /folktale part of the book, and then it had an afterword and a short history on Pasternak's life. Just be prepared for its typical Russian length and repetitiveness on theme / thought. Oh, and the love story is magnificent, too.

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- SydSavvy "The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine."

Nothing like the movie.

What did you love best about Doctor Zhivago?

A living historical document of the Russian Revolution, by one who lived through it to tell the tale.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Strelnikov. Hero and villain, most realistic character.

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

He did women's voices pretty well.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was appalled to learn that Pasternak was a self hating Jew.He went off on some antisemitic rants, which, considering he was of Jewish heritage, was extremely shocking.

Any additional comments?

I am more impressed now, by the David Lean film. He was able to take a somewhat tedious narrative and piece together an unforgettable film.

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- Beth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-14-2011
  • Publisher: Random House Audio