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Eric

Sarasota, FL, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Idiot

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    In The Idiot, a saintly man, 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."

    Daniela says: "Dostoevsky does it again"
    "engrossing performance of a gripping novel"
    Overall

    Narrator Robert Whitfield gives individuality to every personality in this character-driven novel. The Idiot careens from drawing room comedy to pathos to political satire sometimes in a wink. Whitfield is up to all the challenges and renders all the tension and nuance found on the page. The only lapse is the light fluttery voice of Natasha Filipovna which does not match the seductive beauty's willful character.

    One star is withheld because of the translation which at key moments opts for a word that, although correct, misses the sarcastic or hyperbolic intent.

    This book will entertain you while you listen and haunt you with its personalities long after.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Possessed

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (10)

    Loosely based on sensational press reports of a Moscow student’s murder by fellow revolutionists, The Possessed depicts the destructive chaos caused by outside agitators who move into a provincial town. The enigmatic Stavrogin dominates the novel. His magnetic personality influences his tutor, the liberal intellectual poseur Stepan Verhovensky, and the teacher’s revolutionary son Pyotr, as well as other radicals.

    Erez says: "Better wait for Simon Vance to read this one..."
    "a superb novel ruined"
    Overall

    Dialogue is the engine of all of Dostoevski's novels. The author is skillful at differentiating the voices of his many characters. The narrator of this production makes almost no attempt to do the same. As a result, the conflict of 'isms that gives the novels its drama is lost. And when the listener doesn't know who's saying what, she won't know who's doing what.
    This recording is a major disappointment, especially when compared to Robert Whitfield's masterful performance of The Idiot also by Dostoevski.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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