Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2018
CD ISBN 9781781981528 $89.98 Fifteen CDs
DD ISBN 9781781981535 $44.00
Nicholas Boulton can narrate an extended dialogue and make it seem indisputably between two people. He does so in this collection of Gogol stories, for which he produces a wide array of voices and characters. He takes full advantage of opportunities to inhabit the characters. In typical British fashion, he uses a skillful range of accents to indicate class differences. In many of the stories, whether realistic, absurdist, or fantastic, Gogol maintains a wry, winking tone (no matter the events of the story) that Boulton conveys by imbuing the reading with a sense of amusement or good cheer. His performance enlivens these stories, familiar ("The Overcoat") or obscure, and keeps them entertaining. W.M. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2019]
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