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James

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  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (90)

    Dostoevsky studied human nature with passion and precision. He plumbed the depths and never winced at what he found, even when it was beyond his understanding. This extraordinary novel is a recital of his findings, told in the story of four brothers: Dimitri, pleasure-seeking, impatient, unruly; Ivan, brilliant and morose; Alyosha, gentle, loving, honest; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov, sly, silent, cruel. What give this story its dramatic grip is the part these brothers play in their father's murder.

    Paul Z. says: "This book is one of the reasons I joined Audible!"
    "A Perceptive and Engaging Family Narrative"
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    Where does The Brothers Karamazov rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As far as fiction goes, I would rate this #1.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of drama, psychology, philosophy, religion, law, & Russian History!


    Have you listened to any of Walter Covell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. But based on the 40 hours of this recording, I would recommend, and will definitely seek out other recordings by Covell!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The chapter entitled "The Grand Inquisitor"... Also some of Father Zossima's speeches...


    Any additional comments?

    One can tell that this novel was first written serially, and that Dostoyevsky was paid by his output. The story does lag in some places, especially for the modern reader, so accustomed to speed, but all in all the work is a must-read (or must-listen) for the thinker...

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