This is like comparing apples and oranges.
Stavrogin's confession. Pyotr Stepanovich's death scene.
George Guidall's reading is superb. I listened to his reading of Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich and thought this reading every bit as good as that. He imbues his characters with all the life and inner tension that make Dostoevsky's writing so engrossing.
Not a chance. It's too rich and complex to be taken in all at once.
Devils takes a long time to really get going as a novel. Dostoevsky was well aware of this problem, but doesn't seem to have found a solution, although he himself may have been satisfied with the final result. Don't give up on it, though. By the 1/3 mark, the novel finally hits its stride and never lets up until the end. There are enough haunting and beautiful scenes, not to mention some harrowing and grotesque ones, to make this one of Dostoevsky's most memorable novels.
This recording of the Iliad is the best recorded book I've ever listened to. Sir Derek Jacobi is brilliant! He brings the text to life in a way no other narrator I've ever listened to has brought any other book to life.
Hector. His nobility and devotion to Troy, his love for his family and his willingness to put the good of others before his own, is deeply inspiring. And although he is beastly in his wrath, Achilles is realized with such power and understanding by the combined forces of Homer's poetry and Jacobi's inspired reading that it's impossible not to fascinated by him, as well.
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