A promise that I will have to read
Avoiding this narrator
Please avoid the narration of Mr. Davidson. I have just started to listen audiobooks, fortunately the first two were quite enjoyable. If I had started with this one, I would have quitted listening books. Awfull and unbearable narration, do not waste your money.
I listened to this for maybe 45 minutes and to be honest, I have no idea what it is about. I couldn't get past the incredibly annoying voice of this narrator, so much so that it was all I could think about.
Alpaca farmer, gardener, poet. Loves reading & listening to books, music, writing, and learning. Life is good!
I love Russian literature, and Dostoevsky is my favorite Russian author. I looked forward to listening to this classic, but I couldn't make it past the first chapter because of the narration. Perhaps it's my ear, but the proper British accent of the narrator made the story so very, very dry and boring. It was a wasted credit for a great book. (I've since read it.) I'll know better next time to listen to a sample of the narration before purchasing.
Davidson's slurred speech is applied thickly over the dialogue of even the un-inebriated characters, and I have have a mind to think he must have been falling-down-drunk during the recording. It seems like he does everything to get in the way of my ability to enjoy the story. F-
This is the first book I stopped listening to and will actually return. I was looking forward to this great classic, but the narrator's snooty tone of voice with many sentences ending question-like with a rising pitch made it impossible to listen to beyond the first chapter.
Great story. It's portable - so the audiobook format works - I'd choose a different narrator however.
I found the narrator somewhat haughty and self absorbed, with little 'character' or expressiveness to his efforts. The voicing of different characters was undifferentiated and therefore kind of hard to distinguish between. The problem was NOT the english accent but more his manner.
If this were a book I would prefer to read it.
who might enjoy this more? i cant judge the story, i did not got far enough to be objective about that. but with this narrator i suggest you make your worst enemies listen to it.
not in this version
Great in psychological insight but really tedious by today's standards. Reader is pretty good but it felt like he was straining his voice to match some characters. His pronunciation of Russian names was okay but clearly not Russian.
Engineer in St Louis, Missouri, United States
Ok, it's not for an Engineer to rip a Universally Acclaimed Writer, but here I go...
In the end, the problems in this book are very low class and the people have very low class brains. The characters are not manly. They make excuses, blame others, and they don't face facts. They are envious and wrathful. Their poor character is their fate.
Hilarious that the characters worry about Catholic Jesuits, but not their own lack of financial competence, sexual excess, and uncontrolled envy.
I think the thing I liked the most was the dedication to each of the characters. They all, major and minor, seemed to have their own journeys. The thing I liked the least was some of the dialogue (as I don't know if anyone ever truly spoke like the characters in this book).
I don't think I would listen to this narrator again. He didn't do a very good job distinguishing between the characters, and his tone just struck my ear the wrong way. As such, the text was somewhat hard to absorb.
Despite the difficulties of time, reader, and translation, this is a classic of literature for many reasons. If you can deal with those issues, then I would suggest listening.