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Ruth

EUREKA, CA, United States

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  • Crime and Punishment

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (349)

    In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

    Mubarak says: "Excellent Excellent Excellent!"
    "Amazing narration!"
    Overall

    This narrator is simply awesome! His voices are clear and varied, and for one character he even manages to speak accompanied by a consumptive cough! What can I say for the content other than that they're called classics for a reason. Everything means something, and there is beauty in such resolution.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, David Magarshack (translator)
    • Narrated By Gabriel Woolf
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (64)

    The Brothers Karamazov is the final novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky and is generally considered the culmination of his life's work. Published in November 1880, Dostoevsky spent nearly two years writing the novel set in 19th-century Russia. Fydor Karamazov, a mean and disreputable landowner, has three sons, Dmitry, a profligate army officer; Ivan, a writer with revolutionary ideas; and Alexey, a religious novice.

    Julia says: "The Brothers Karamozov"
    "Painful to listen!! Don't buy this!"
    Overall

    This is the *worst* narrator I've ever heard (so far). He has long (several seconds long) pauses after nearly every sentence as well as sometimes mid-sentence. At times it sounds as if he's eating, or choking on his saliva. There is no cadence to his speech, confusing voice inflection, no innovation for character voices and ZERO dedication to the story making it extremely difficult to follow. I agree with the reviewer who said he read 'as if he didn't care to'. I'm not terribly picky, I don't care if I hear pages turn or occasional background noise, but the *story* has to *sound good*. Usually the RNIB books are awesome, so don't let one horrendous read turn you off of the rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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