Mikhail Sholokhov’s groundbreaking epic novel gives a sweeping depiction of Russian life and culture in the early 20th century. In the same vein as War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy, And Quiet Flows the Don gives listeners a glimpse into many aspects of Russian culture, and the choices a country makes when faced with war and destruction.
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Had it in pre-order for many months, and then...
I read the book decades ago, then I saw that the title would be released at Audible. Wow! I could remember very little from the many interweaved plots. But I remembered it as a masterpiece, and was looking forward to "living" in a Cossack village once again, seeing and hearing the characters, so vivid are Sholokov's descriptions.
I pre-ordered 2 months prior to released. As it arrived, I listened, and listened, and listened, and that's how some 60 hours after downloading it I had listened to the book's 13 hours. Superb narration for what is a page-turner. You want to know what comes next for the characters, you want to be there for the changes of each season, you can't wait to hear about the next battle. Brutality can happen any time, and your feelings won't be spared. Tenderness is also always there. What else can be said, except that epic novel is indeed epic.
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