The Shooting Party (unabridged)

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Anton Chekhov

The Shooting Party

Read by Nicholas Boulton


In Moscow an unknown author approaches a publisher (the narrator), asking him to read and publish his manuscript. The narrator agrees to read it before the author returns three months later. At the heart of the story in the manuscript is a love triangle and themes of corruption, concealed love and fatal jealousy. When one of the central characters is discovered dead, the narrative becomes a murder-mystery as the search for the culprit begins.

Written by Chekhov in his early twenties, The Shooting Party is his only full-length novel. Here it is read by the prolific and popular narrator Nicholas Boulton.

  • Running Time: 7 h 37 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-377-5
    Cat. no.:NA0513
    Produced by:John Foley
    Edited by:Timothy Brown
    Translated by:A.E. Chamot (updated)
    Released:January 22
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