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A Dog's Heart: 12/04/13
Собачье сердце by Mikhail Bulgakov is usually translated as Heart of a Dog, but the audio I listened to, went with A Dog's Heart. The book was banned from publishing in the Soviet Union until 1987.
The book opens with a stray dog being burned and hiding in an alley to die. Except he's rescued by a doctor who has unethical plans for him. The dog is given new life and the testicles and pituitary gland of a recently deceased criminal.
The human body parts have a transformative effect on the dog. Soon he's more human than dog. He also becomes the ultimate communist. The only way for the doctor to continue living his posh life without trouble from the authorities is to do away with his creation by transforming him back into a dog.
While the story is full of political satire, I must admit that I got caught up in the performance of the book. The narrator did a perfect voice for the dog.