Oblomov


Read by Kevin W. Davidson

(4.7 stars; 31 reviews)

Oblomov is the best known novel by Russian writer Ivan Goncharov, first published in 1859. Oblomov is also the central character of the novel, often seen as the ultimate incarnation of the superfluous man, a symbolic character in 19th-century Russian literature. Oblomov is a young, generous nobleman who seems incapable of making important decisions or undertaking any significant actions. Spoiled as a child to the point of not even being able to put on his own socks, Oblomov is unprepared to deal with the smallest difficulty of adult life. In his fevered dreams he sees the words "Oblomovstchina" ("Oblomovism" or in this translation "the disease of Oblomovka") in flaming letters on the ceiling putting a name to the disability of which he is all too aware.

This romantic novel was considered a satire of Russian nobility whose social and economic function was increasingly in question in mid-nineteenth century Russia, and from it the word "Oblomovstchina" entered the Russian vocabulary. (Summary by Wikipedia and Kevin Davidson)

Note: This 1915 edition was abridged by the translator. (6 hr 32 min)

Chapters

01 - Part 1, Chapter 1 20:43 Read by Kevin W. Davidson
02 - Part 1, Chapter 2 28:21 Read by Kevin W. Davidson
03 - Part 1, Chapter 3 11:10 Read by Kevin W. Davidson
04 - Part 1, Chapter 4 19:27 Read by Kevin W. Davidson
05 - Part 1, Chapter 5 Reading 1 21:31 Read by Kevin W. Davidson
06 - Part 1, Chapter 5 Reading 2 24:04 Read by Kevin W. Davidson
07 - Part 1, Chapter 5 Reading 3 17:44 Read by Kevin W. Davidson
08 - Part 1, Chapter 5 Reading 4 16:50 Read by Kevin W. Davidson
09 - Part 1, Chapter 5 Reading 5 28:09 Read by Kevin W. Davidson
10 - Part 2, Chapter 1 25:10 Read by Kevin W. Davidson
11 - Part 2, Chapter 2-3 20:33 Read by Kevin W. Davidson
12 - Part 3, Chapter 1 9:02 Read by Kevin W. Davidson
13 - Part 3, Chapter 2 15:36 Read by Kevin W. Davidson
14 - Part 3, Chapter 3-4 21:43 Read by Kevin W. Davidson
15 - Part 4, Chapter 1 22:40 Read by Kevin W. Davidson
16 - Part 4, Chapter 2 26:13 Read by Kevin W. Davidson
17 - Part 4, Chapter 3 28:59 Read by Kevin W. Davidson
18 - Part 4, Chapter 4 13:07 Read by Kevin W. Davidson
19 - Part 4, Chapter 5-6 21:24 Read by Kevin W. Davidson

Reviews

Wonderful job.


(5 stars)

Kevin what an awesome job. Your reading is smooth and clear, you make it so enjoyable to enjoy these great works. Thank you.

Abridged


(5 stars)

Be aware that this translation from C. J. Hogarth is is heavily edited.This is not the complete novel! 5 stars for the reader

A great display of Human nature.


(5 stars)