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"The Nose" is the second best known story of Gogol, after "The Overcoat". A military major discovers his nose is missing and works to recover it. He finds the nose but it pretends to have a life of its own, as a fellow human. It in fact has a higher rank than the Major himself. The Major is perplexed, goes back to his apartment, and has the nose returned to him. With great joy he recovers his nose, only to find it won't reattach to his face. After much going on, he finds the nose reattached to his face. The fun of the story are the goings on, which have made this a favorite of all readers of Russian literature.
Public Domain (P)2010 Christina Brown
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By Erez on 07-14-11

Wonderful story, appalling narration

The story itself is a gem; not only is it Russian humor at its very best, it also has a distinct Kafka-esque, "magical realism" vibe, which is impressive given that this was written 50 years before Kafka was born. For this (and this alone) I give it five stars.

And now for the narration: Audible doesn't currently carry any other version of this story, but if they ever do I would say get the other one. This version might have been forgivable as a free librivox recording, but even most librivox books sound more professional than this. The narrator sounds like he can barely follow the text. He is apparently surprised at every line break and needs to pause and gather his wits at odd points in every other sentence. Thankfully, even he isn't able to ruin this truly great story (but he sure tries).

So, in other words: wonderful story, but not worth buying if you can get a different version.

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By ntar2200 on 03-09-13

wonderful classic letdown by poor narration

What made the experience of listening to The Nose the most enjoyable?

The story itself, the characters and Nikolai Gogol's fabulous writing. I always like hearing how it is an "absurdist" tale, when he was commenting on the absurdity of the ills in that (and this) society...

What other book might you compare The Nose to and why?

Most comparable to Picasso's faces more than another book. But possibly something like Salman Rushdie's "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" for it's satiric, magical fable quality.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It sounded like he remembered he had remembered he had to read the book in between having his coffee and possibly watching the football (or similar). It was disappointing, and even though I have bought it, I am not sure I can struggle through "The Overcoat" with the same narrator. The uninterested tone, poor pronounciation were very much a letdown. You should have got the guy who did Bulgakov's "Heart of A Dog"!!!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I always love reading/listening to the section about the barber, who not daring to annoy his wife first thing in the morning, opts only for coffee... forgoing the the onion bread (fresh out of the oven) the thing that he really wants. I love the characters, they are so real...

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By Egill on 05-27-11

Great book, horrible narration.

I am a great fan of russian literature and drama. What a splendid opportunity to be able to listen to that rather then the pop at the gym. But the narration by Mr Deaver Brown is the worst I have ever heard in my life, this should not be published and sold. I am not used to write this kind of critics so to you that wants to buy this do not, read it your self or find it with another narrator.

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By L. E. on 08-29-17

The quality is so bad it is distracting.

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The story was very good, I love Gogol, however, the quality of the recording is very bad, it sounds like the narrator recorded this on an iphone on a train. The narrator kept stumbling over words, had a very monotone american accent and there was a lot of background noise.

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