Fathers and Sons

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ivan Turgenev

Narrated By: Sean Runnette

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: December 2010

Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes


When Arkady Petrovich comes home from college, his father finds his eager, naive son changed almost beyond recognition, for the impressionable Arkady has fallen under the powerful influence of the friend he has brought with him. A self-proclaimed nihilist, the ardent young Bazarov shocks Arkady's father by criticizing the landowning way of life and by his outspoken determination to sweep away traditional values of contemporary Russian society.

Turgenev's depiction of the conflict between generations and their ideals stunned readers when Fathers and Sons was first published in 1862. But many could also sympathize with Arkady's fascination with its nihilist hero, whose story vividly captures the hopes and regrets of a changing Russia. Fathers and Sons is a brilliant work that captures the tension that existed among generations and class in the prerevolutionary era in Russia.

This version of Fathers and Sons is the translation by Constance Garnett.


  • Nancy

    The narrator is a champion at using distinctive voices without any help from dialect or accents. Bazarov's is unforgettable, and the performance brings out for me as reading the book never has the qualities and even lovableness of the hero---never mind that he supposedly rejects contemporary aesthetics and conventions; mostly, he wishes to shock, and he does. That' a familiar phenomenon. He's so young, and his death is a terrible waste.

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