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Celebrity Chekhov
Celebrity Chekhov
Celebrity Chekhov
Audiobook4 hours

Celebrity Chekhov

Written by Ben Greenman

Narrated by Kathleen McInerney and Jeff Woodman

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

New Yorker editor and McSweeney's contributor Ben Greenman reshapes Russian literature's most celebrated stories around America's most popular pop culture icons, probing the deep complexities of Anton Chekov (not to mention those of Cruise or Kardashian). Thought-provoking and funny, these wryly re-imagined tales will be sure-fire favorites for every kind of reader, whether your favorite escapes are celebrity memoirs like L.A. Candy and The Truth about Diamonds, re-conceived classics like Wicked, literary parodies like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, or masterpieces of fiction from authors like Tolstoy, Pushkin and Chekhov himself.

Release dateOct 5, 2010
Celebrity Chekhov

Ben Greenman

Ben Greenman is a New York Times bestselling author and New Yorker contributor who has written both fiction and nonfiction. His novels and short-story collections include The Slippage and Superbad, he was Questlove's collaborator on Mo’ Meta Blues and Something to Food About, and he has written memoirs with George Clinton and Brian Wilson. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, McSweeney's, Rolling Stone, and elsewhere.

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Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    What a fun book. The author takes a collection of Chekhov stories and replaces all the characters with modern celebrities. The results are sometimes funny, but overall make the story just a little more relatable.

    I listened to the audio and overall a fun listen.
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    Boring and gimmicky
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    f you think Anton Chekhov's writing would be too staid, too removed from modern life to be worthwhile then Celebrity Chekhov is an inventive (and very amusing) retelling of some of Chekhov's most famous stories, recast with celebrities. Greenman does an excellent job fitting personalities to stories, making Chekhov accessible to new readers and treating old fans to a new prism through which to view his works. Great fun. Guest stars include: Paris Hilton, David Letterman, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicholson.