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  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (92)

    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!"
    "Inconsistent audio very flat performance."
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    What would have made The Brothers Karamazov better?

    I confess I have not finished yet, and suspect I may go to the print book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The audio levels and recording setup seemed to change abruptly several times throughout this recording. So much so that I was not sure it was all the same narrator. The pacing and tone was also very monotonous and made it very hard not to zone out. That said, I previewed all the available versions and this seemed the least bad.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I suspect that the story would be much more compelling if I were able to sit down and read it on my own.


    Any additional comments?

    I actually wish that I could get a refund on this book. I'm halfway through the second part and am very unlikely to get through the whole thing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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