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Tad

Tad Philadelphia, PA, United States Member Since 2005

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  • "Intense and painfully sad"

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    I avoided this book for a long time: who wants to read a book about a person who's so good everyone around him thinks he's an idiot?

    Boy, was I wrong. This is an intense and brooding novel, filled with Dostoevsky's usual array of deeply conflicted characters and blistering monologues. The idiot himself, Prince Myshkin, is no pushover: maybe he's a bit naive at times, but he insists on treating people as equals and assuming their good intentions until contrary evidence is overwhelming. He suffers from epilepsy, and in the course of the novel has a couple of seizures that dramatically alter the direction of the story.

    Superficially, the novel is about Myshkin's conflicted relationships with two women: Aglaya, the youngest daughter of a distant relative, with whom he is in love; and Anastassya Filippovna, a "fallen woman" who's been fobbed off by her former lover and who seems to be drifting from one self-destructive relationship to another. Myshkin may have loved her once, but now he mainly pities her. Aglaya, who at one point seems willing to marry Myshkin, ultimately breaks off because of his obsession with Anastassya.

    But that's only one small facet of this complex, teeming book. The characters are captivating, the scenes at times almost hypnotic in their intensity. I've only read a few of Dostoevsky's novels, but so far I'm inclined to say this is probably my favorite.

    Robert Whitfield (=Simon Vance) gives a stellar reading. Of particular note is his ability to distinguish the voices of the many women in the book: sometimes the shading is subtle, but I always knew instantly who was talking. Well done, highly recommended.

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    The Idiot [Blackstone]

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
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    Prince Myshkin, is thrust into the heart of a society more concerned with wealth, power, and sexual conquest than the ideals of Christianity. Myshkin soon finds himself at the center of a violent love triangle in which a notorious woman and a beautiful young girl become rivals for his affections. Extortion, scandal, and murder follow, testing the wreckage left by human misery to find "man in man."

    Tad says: "Intense and painfully sad"
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  • The Master and Margarita

    "Satisfying Satanic Satire"

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    The core of this piece is satire, marking a path of wanton destruction through Moscow as Satan and his delightfully hooligan entourage parade from one scene to another causing chaos and watching the aftermath in the name of...well, why the hell not? There is also a love story as well as retelling of the history of Pontius Pilate.

    Marked with numerous interesting characters, Bulgakov creates a readable if somewhat uneven tale. The title characters are introduced about halfway through the novel and are an attempt to create some sort of deeply affecting love story, that I don't consider all that effective given that it is pretty much the sole aspect of their personality we see is them pining for one another. However, title characters or not they are not there often and rarely without Woland or his minions at their side in order to make things interesting. The satire is effectively humorist and blasts Soviet greed well, but then greed is a very easy thing to parody.

    The most interesting aspect of the novel for me were the moments when we are given a metafiction/history written by The Master. The language is wonderful and the imagery is perfectly evocative and I truly wished I had the option of reading more.

    The narrator, which is quickly becoming the make or break factor of every audiobook I purchase, is, to my mind, remarkable. While the accents are all variously British, they are unique and he endows every character with a certain uniqueness and charisma (or lack thereof if the book should call for it) and should be beloved by all. I can't honestly understand the negative marks throughout the rest of audible. If you want a boring consistent drone of a voice, I think you are better listening to an automation than a legitimate audiobook.

    Additionally, the translation (Michael Karpelson, 2006) is my personal favorite and has the most personality (the others I have read are much more dry in their translation and it shows heavily in the dialogue). This book was left incompletely edited when the author died, not being all that well acquainted with the rest of his work, which would explain some of the issues, but issues or not this book is a delightful read with a solid narrator.

  • The Idiot [Blackstone]

    "Salvation under the weight of our own humanity."

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    Have you ever wondered what it would be like if a person as selfless and beautiful as the Jesus portrayed in the bible? Someone so in tune with humanity so aware of its horrors and imperfections, yet so wholly consumed by his love of humanity that he would destroy himself just for the chance of allowing you to save yourself?

    That was what Dostoevsky was attempting to do, and by the gods, he did it. The story may not be for everyone, but if you stick with it you will be amazed. This is far and away my favorite Dostoevsky novel, and I have read all of them.

    Considering how difficult it is to find a decent reading of any of Dostoevsky's longer works Robert Whitfield is incredible. Every character has a voice that you can recollect instantly when it hits your ears. He engages the writing and manages to bring life to it even with this dated translation. You will find no better on Audible, and you would do you well to treat your soul to this difficult, but compelling novel.

    The novel itself starts with figures of Christ, the Anti-Christ, and the False Prophet conversing together on a train, and from there things proceed until both Myshkin and Rogozhin stand at opposite ends as Nastassya Filippovna fights between salvation and damnation even as the sins of her humanity where down on her conscience and soul.

    There are of course, more characters, more events. A Dostoevsky novel could never be otherwise, and by the end of the novel you will see yourself in one of the characters. You have to, the whole of humanity is on display here through the interactions his characters. They are all simultaneously real and unreal. Like Shakespeare, Dostoevsky creates characters that turn their humanity to 11 and engage your very soul with their complexity and utter irrationality.

    Dostoevsky is attempting to show us the truth that Christ offered us: no one can save us, nor can He cannot save, He can only open the door. Only we ourselves can choose to enter that door through which salvation is attainable. It is hard, no, impossible, and Dostoevsky, like the his Christ knew this and the book conveys this understanding with an undeniable beauty. We are evil, we are kind, we are a paradox capable of the most horrendous acts of selfishness and kindness, often within quick succession. This is what it is to be human, and Dostoevsky relishes it and rejects any and all ideas that would take away our free will in deciding how to live our lives.

    You will not feel clean after reading this novel, it will sting, it will pull and eat at you for days after the final words has crept through your headphones and left you in silence. But there is beauty in it. A poetic perfection that makes itself more and more manifest with every listen. Though written in the mid-19th century, we are no different than the world Dostoevsky knew and loved. Buy this or don't, it your choice. Just know that as of right now, you are 650 pages away from growing a soul.

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  • "Ironic, humorous, and restrained"

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    This is one of Kate Reading's better narrations, and the material could not be more compelling. Translated by Lydia Davis (master short story writer!), the book is both light and tragic, humorous and disturbing, emotional and cerebral. Flaubert is one of the few who can do that. The tragedy of Emma and the triumphs of Homais are delicately rendered in this smart translation.

    Reading reads with perfect inflections, making Emma sound airy and "arty," Charles slow and pitiful, Leon slippery, etc. No silly attempts at trying to sound male; just excellent infusions of the character's personality into his/her voice to make him/her sound believable. The speed is just right. I've heard other narrations by Kate Reading and some don't match up in quality or direction.

    The writing style seems so effortless and light that you almost think Flaubert knocked it out with the wave of a hand, but as you keep listening, you realize what a brilliantly composed, tightly plotted piece this is. Also superb is Davis's introduction in the print version. It's not in the audio version, but if you can get your hands on a print (or digi) copy, by all means, read!

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    Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert, Lydia Davis (translator)
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
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    Set amid the stifling atmosphere of nineteenth-century bourgeois France, Madame Bovary is at once an unsparing depiction of a woman’s gradual corruption and a savagely ironic study of human shallowness and stupidity. Neither Emma, nor her lovers, nor Homais, the man of science, escapes the author’s searing castigation, and it is the book’s final profound irony that only Charles, Emma’s oxlike, eternally deceived husband, emerges with a measure of human grace.

    Sandra says: "Beautifully Narrated Classic"

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    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
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UNABRIDGED) by Joseph Conrad Narrated by Charlton Griffin

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UNABRIDGED) by Franz Kafka Narrated by Walter Gellert

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    Ein Hungerkünstler lebt zunächst in Zeiten, in denen in der Öffentlichkeit ein reges Interesse an seiner Kunst besteht. In seinem Gitterkäfig wird er vom Publikum von Hungertag zu Hungertag interessiert begutachtet und bewundert. Für den Hungerkünstler ist aber das andauernde Hungern "die leichteste Sache von der Welt". Er leidet darunter, dass man ihm das nicht glaubt, ihm möglicherweise sogar unterstellt, geschickt heimlich zu essen, oder ihm zumindest absichtlich die Möglichkeit dazu gibt. Zudem besteht sein Impresario darauf, dass er nach vierzig Tagen das Hungern beenden solle. Er öffnet ihm den Käfig und stellt ihm Essen bereit. Der Hungerkünstler fühlt sich absolut missverstanden, er weiß, dass er noch viel länger hungern kann.

  • Der Bau (






UNABRIDGED) by Franz Kafka Narrated by Walter Gellert

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    • By Franz Kafka
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    Ein nicht näher bestimmtes Wesen, offensichtlich ein dachsähnliches Tier, hat sich einen vielfältig gestalteten unterirdischen Bau errichtet. Er dient als Schutz und gut bestückte Vorratsräumlichkeit. Das Tier wird beherrscht von der Vorstellung, sich gegen einen wie auch immer gearteten Feind durch eine Optimierung des Baues schützen zu können. Zunächst ist das Tier sehr zufrieden in seinem Bau. Es schlummert häufig friedlich darin und frisst von seinen Vorräten, aber auch vom Kleingetier, das mit im Bau haust. Besonders die Stille ist wohltuend für das Tier.

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    Widely considered one of Isaac Bashevis Singer's most notable works of short fiction, "Gimpel the Fool" was originally written in Yiddish. It was later translated into English by Saul Bellow and appeared inthe 1953 edition of Partisan Review. The story, a parable, tells of a foolish, unlucky baker named Gimpel, who isconstantly tricked and heckled by other villagers. His follies ultimately reveal a moral lesson.

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UNABRIDGED) by King James Version Narrated by Glenn Hascall

    Ecclesiastes

    • UNABRIDGED (32 mins)
    • By King James Version
    • Narrated By Glenn Hascall
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    This is what may be described as the bad-day book of the Bible. King Solomon held onto the greatest wisdom of his generation, but after all his work, and at the end of his life, he saw all his life's work as "Madness and folly". The wise king would learn that even in these down days there is a plan. There is a purpose. No matter what he felt there was something greater than he could see. Narrated by Glenn Hascall.

  • Twenty Strange Stories: Uncanny and Bizarre Tales (






UNABRIDGED) by O. Henry, Jerome K. Jerome, G. K. Chesterton, Barry Pain, Katherine Mansfield, Stacy Aumonier, George Sand Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    Twenty Strange Stories: Uncanny and Bizarre Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By O. Henry, Jerome K. Jerome, G. K. Chesterton, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A wonderful selection of some of the most bizarre and unsettling stories ever written.

  • Sterben (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Schnitzler Narrated by Bettina Reifschneider

    Sterben

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Arthur Schnitzler
    • Narrated By Bettina Reifschneider
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    Das ist die Geschichte eines langsamen Sterbens, von der Nachricht der Unheilbarkeit der Krankheit bis zum endgültigen Verlöschen des Helden Felix. Was sich dazwischen auftut, ist ein Panorama von Ängsten, Hoffnungen, Versprechungen und Lügen. Alle Szenarien werden durchgespielt, vom pathetischen "Mit-Dir-Sterben-Wollen" der Geliebten über die Missgunst allen noch Lebenden gegenüber bis zur Todesangst der Todesstunde, in der das Grauen so groß wird, dass der sterbende Felix um jeden Preis seine Geliebte mitnehmen möchte.