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The themes in this book is what does it for me and what has probably made it such a classic. There were times that it was quite slow in building the scenes, but the conclusion of scenes made it all worth it. So just hang in there. You will come away thinking of the characters in this book for weeks after you've read it.
I don't think that I am just a big dummy. But I have no idea why this is considered to be a classic! The narrator was terrific, and the first hour or two was very captivating... But it dropped off significantly after that with very few subsequent interesting peaks.
At times I wondered if an abridged version wouldn't have been a better choice, but in the end I'm glad I listened (in its entirety) to the whole book.
I've never rewound a book as much as I have this one. It wasn't from lack of interest or because I did not understand. Dostoevsky's writing would cause me to pontificate on meaning. Sometimes it was meaning of life and other times it was thinking about the characters.
I did realize one good part about audiobooks during this book. It's good to be able to put your hands over your eyes and listen to the story. When reading you must keep your eyes open. :)
Enjoy the ride.
Brilliant writing. Fantastic story. Nice performance. I'd read this book over 20 years ago but still thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. Because the writing was so good I plan to buy other works by Dostoevsky.
The story and performance were so good that I powered this this 20-hour book in three days.
Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
I started listening to this book because I had an assignment to do. I enjoyed it, but not immensely. This is not a dynamic book since it dwells on the narrator's conflict. It made me feel some anguish through most of the reading / listening. At times I didn't know if Rodya was conflicted or plain crazy.
It is a classic of Russian literature, and every literature student should read it, and learn to recognize the polyphony and dialogism in it.
Yes. I'm not sure I could have made it through the print version, but the narration-in particular the emotion and wonderful pronunciation-made it a great experience.
I loved Inspector Profiry-a Columbo from 1866. His character, mannerisms and approach formed the foundation for so many inspectors in latter day classics.
Great pronunciation that I would have wrestled with. True drama and emotion. Kept the story moving-all 20+ hours of it. I will absolutely seek out other Anthony Heald stories.
If this book has been on your bucket list, this edition is a great place to tackle it. Not a light investment at 20+ hours, and it does drag at times, but I'm happy for the experience.
There isn't much for me to say other than the narration was excellent on a classic tale. If you're worried about tackling such a long 'must-read' book, this edition might be just what you're looking for!
The narration brought the words to life, especially when passages could seem long and drawn out.
Excellent deep dive into the human mind, right and wrong, meaning of conscience, and mental illness with regards to depression.
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