Taras Bulba; a Tale of the Cossacks


Read by Simon Hoare

(4.7 stars; 13 reviews)

Taras Bulba is a romanticised historical novella by Nikolai Gogol set in Russia’s equivalent of America’s wild frontier, what is today Ukraine, a name which means something like “frontier” or “marches”. It was an ill-defined wild border land whose borders were subject to change and whose nominal rulers had allowed it to become a nuisance to them that it might also be a nuisance to the armies of their enemies and an obstacle to their advances. It was a time when men were men and sheep were scared and those men were Cossacks.
The story concerns the lives and deaths of Cossack colonel Taras Bulba and his two sons Ostap and Andriy who have just graduated from the Kiev Academy. It is a tale of bravado, derring-do, defence of the faith, chivalry, romance, honour and above all carousing. (summary by SimonSG) (4 hr 47 min)

Chapters

Chapter One 29:26 Read by Simon Hoare
Chapter Two 23:02 Read by Simon Hoare
Chapter Three 17:25 Read by Simon Hoare
Chapter Four 20:03 Read by Simon Hoare
Chapter Five 26:08 Read by Simon Hoare
Chapter Six 26:40 Read by Simon Hoare
Chapter Seven 31:19 Read by Simon Hoare
Chapter Eight 22:21 Read by Simon Hoare
Chapter Nine 34:56 Read by Simon Hoare
Chapter Ten 14:13 Read by Simon Hoare
Chapter Eleven 25:40 Read by Simon Hoare
Chapter Twelve 16:42 Read by Simon Hoare

Reviews


(4 stars)

everyone has his heros and villains...I earnestly lean to the polish hussars for heros and tartars and cossacks as villains. this has not changed. urge interested parties to venture into Sienkiewicz trilogy...Zagloba lives!


(4 stars)

I liked the story but I felt the conversations were very long and the parts with more action very briefly described

Great Story! Great Reader!


(5 stars)

This is one of those books that I didn't want to end. Kudos for the Russian pronunciation!