If you haven’t heard of Librivox, then you have been missing all the fun, for the site got some of the best fiction/non-fiction books in both text and audio formats, among them, the best of the classic Russian literature, to name a few and for your reading/listening pleasure, here is a short list:
Alexander Pushkin (1799 – 1837)
The best of Pushkin will always be his novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, but his best short has to be Queen of Spades.
Queen of Spades (1834) Download Audio 00:46:49
Ivan Turgenev (1818 – 1883)
Always in the the shadows of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky nowadays, but back in his time, Turgenev was the most popular Russian writer outside his country. Fathers and Sons is the essential Turgenev, with his best novella being, First Love.
Nikolai Gogol (1809 – 1852)
Dostoevsky quote in The Double, “We all emerged from Gogol’s Overcoat“, so it is true, but it is his comical masterpiece, Dead Souls, that is now considered to be Gogol’s best work.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821 – 1881)
The man does not need any introduction, his name is enough to recall greatness. Master of psychology, Dostoyevsky’s best is Crime and Punishment, his most personal, The Brothers Karamazov, his darkest, Notes from Underground, and his most heartbreaking, White Nights.
Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910)
The greatest of them all, the God among the giants of literature, wrote two of the greatest novels, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, but his most personal works, are his short ones, The Death of Ivan Ilyich and The Kreutzer Sonata, with his best non-fiction being, What Is Art? (1897), A Confession (1879) and What I Believe.
War and Peace (1869) Download Audio
Anna Karenina (1877) Download Audio
What I Believe (1884) Download Audio 7:58:50
The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886) Download Audio 2:32:14
The Kreutzer Sonata (1889) Download Audio 3:41:12
Anton Chekhov (1860–1904)
The master of short stories and plays, in the universe of Anton Chekhov, among the thousands of characters, no two are alike, each a unique creation of a genius mind, his best short story got to be The Darling, his best plays, The Seagull and Uncle Vanya.
For Gorky, Maiakovsky, Sholokhov, Zoshchenko, Pasternak and Solzhenitsyn , librivox is not a place to look for them, so, don’t even try.
As a bonus, and away from Russia, Selma Lagerlöf’s The Wonderful Adventures of Nils is one not to be missed, and over at Archive.org, Orson Welles Shakespeare Collection is one to have.