The reading is mostly great but there are weird pauses and accelerations. Some of it sounds computer-generated. It goes great for a minute or two, then there are lines rendered like directory assistance. The rhythm of the poetry is ruined.
Great, great reading with such good characterization and wonderful dialects, that you forget it's being read, you are just swept away to another world.
Some other reviewers of this title had audio problems of pops and clicks and though my version had none, I have bought other Audible books with the same problems and it's really frustrating.
This book has several good exercises and observations, which I incorporated into my daily practice. One of the disadvantages is that the segments are about an hour long each and it's really hard (at least on a Blackberry) to go back and find specific locations. Many of the concepts are worth re-hearing. I got another self-help in audiobook and both are good but a bit hard to use in audio format.
The narrator speaks in a natural low-key voice, with great diction and perfectly capturing the sense of all the different voices. Dostoyevky as a writer can have a world-weary tone that still conveys affection for his characters and the narrator gets this just right. You can hear some breathing, clearing of throat, and I personally like the natural approach. It sounds like someone is simply right there talking. Also it works well becasue Dostoyevky addresses the reader and so listening to the book works really well.
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