Yes. I linked the book and the audiobook so I read at night and then listened to where I left off during my drive to work.
All the characters were clear and different and expertly performed.
Overall a great experience.
Have always wanted to read through this book and now I have accomplished this. Thank you for this great experience.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
You have to think about the story and conversations in this book. It isn't an action adventure and won't make great television. It goes into peoples heads, watches their reactions and you start to feel what every character is going through. Written in the 1860's it was well ahead of its time. I read this book from a religious view point after doing the 'Great Courses' on 'Why Evil Exists'. I am glad I did as this book crosses religious view with psychology and 'man' thinking for himself rather than through some god or establish religious or culture ideology.
The themes in this book is what does it for me and what has probably made it such a classic. There were times that it was quite slow in building the scenes, but the conclusion of scenes made it all worth it. So just hang in there. You will come away thinking of the characters in this book for weeks after you've read it.
I don't think that I am just a big dummy. But I have no idea why this is considered to be a classic! The narrator was terrific, and the first hour or two was very captivating... But it dropped off significantly after that with very few subsequent interesting peaks.
At times I wondered if an abridged version wouldn't have been a better choice, but in the end I'm glad I listened (in its entirety) to the whole book.
I've never rewound a book as much as I have this one. It wasn't from lack of interest or because I did not understand. Dostoevsky's writing would cause me to pontificate on meaning. Sometimes it was meaning of life and other times it was thinking about the characters.
I did realize one good part about audiobooks during this book. It's good to be able to put your hands over your eyes and listen to the story. When reading you must keep your eyes open. :)
Enjoy the ride.
Brilliant writing. Fantastic story. Nice performance. I'd read this book over 20 years ago but still thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. Because the writing was so good I plan to buy other works by Dostoevsky.
The story and performance were so good that I powered this this 20-hour book in three days.
Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
I started listening to this book because I had an assignment to do. I enjoyed it, but not immensely. This is not a dynamic book since it dwells on the narrator's conflict. It made me feel some anguish through most of the reading / listening. At times I didn't know if Rodya was conflicted or plain crazy.
It is a classic of Russian literature, and every literature student should read it, and learn to recognize the polyphony and dialogism in it.