The Cloak

Read by Bob Neufeld

(4.7 stars; 115 reviews)

"The Cloak" is a short story by Ukrainian-born Russian author Nikolai Gogol, published in 1842. The story and its author have had great influence on Russian literature, as expressed in a quote attributed to Fyodor Dostoevsky: "We all come out from Gogol's 'Overcoat'." The story has been adapted into a variety of stage and film interpretations.

(1 hr 19 min)


Part 1 38:33 Read by Bob Neufeld
Part 2 40:58 Read by Bob Neufeld


Love it!

(5 stars)

Love Russian literature and Mr. Bob Neufeld's voice!

Short story with a big meaning

(3 stars)

As always Bob Neufeld did a great job reading this. For such a short story it packs a lot of satirical punch. At the first glance it's just a story about a guy needing a new coat, saving for the coat, getting the coat, being robbed of the coat, trying to get the coat back, getting sick, dying and exacting revenge as a ghost - weird but straightforward. When you think about the different aspects of the story you see the satire. Everything from bureaucracy to class systems to appearances is sometimes heavily poked fun at, like in the case of the various bureaucracies with which the main character comes into contact. Definitely a good introduction to Gogol and Russian literature as whole. No matter when you read this, before or after other Russian authors, you'll be able to trace many elements back to Gogol and this story in particular.

Touching and Ethereal

(5 stars)

Excellent reading by Mr Bob- I love the tone of his voice. This story by Gogol is great; sad and heart warming together, yet a bit haunting and thrilling at the end. A poor, lonely man gets a new a cloak- this tells of what happens that leads him to it and what transpires after the new cloak. Would definitely read some more Gogol.

a cloak with many threads....

(5 stars)

It's understandable why Gogol was an inspiration to later great Russian writers. The tone and style are disarming and draw one it. As I ponder this work, I'm struck by its layering and depth, as well as the many questions it brings. Truly makes one consider ones life... Thank you again for so many wonderful readings!

Well spoken

(5 stars)

This is done well. A good story to listen to if you have a few moments. The reader is clear and dramatic in areas where it adds to the portrayal of the story line. wished all the people that read was as understandable as this.

Great Story, Great Reader.

(5 stars)

The story is short and wonderful as well as the reader!


(4.5 stars)

Marvellous reading and a treat lovers of the early Russian novel! Million thanks Librivox.

Really enjoyed

(5 stars)

Mr. Neufeld did a fantastic job of reading. Enjoyable short story