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The Brothers Karamazov | [Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)]

The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov tells the stirring tale of four brothers: the pleasure-seeking, impatient Dmitri; the brilliant and morose Ivan; the gentle, loving, and honest Alyosha; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov: shy, silent, and cruel. The four unite in the murder of one of literature's most despicable characters - their father. This was Dostoevsky's final and best work.
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Publisher's Summary

After spending four years in a Siberian penal settlement, during which time he underwent a religious conversion, Dostoevsky developed a keen ability for deep character analysis. In The Brothers Karamazov, he explores human nature at its most loathsome and cruel but never flinches at what he finds.

The Brothers Karamazov tells the stirring tale of four brothers: the pleasure-seeking, impatient Dmitri; the brilliant and morose Ivan; the gentle, loving, and honest Alyosha; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov: shy, silent, and cruel. The four unite in the murder of one of literature's most despicable characters - their father. This was Dostoevsky's final and best work.

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What the Critics Say

"[Dostoevsky is] at once the most literary and compulsively readable of novelists we continue to regard as great....The Brothers Karamazov stands as the culmination of his art - his last, longest, richest, and most capacious book." (Washington Post Book World)

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    Joaquin Mexico 03-14-12
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    "Awfull narrative"
    If you could sum up The Brothers Karamazov in three words, what would they be?

    A promise that I will have to read


    How could the performance have been better?

    Avoiding this narrator


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Please avoid the narration of Mr. Davidson. I have just started to listen audiobooks, fortunately the first two were quite enjoyable. If I had started with this one, I would have quitted listening books. Awfull and unbearable narration, do not waste your money.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert J. Miller 11-17-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "The Narrator is Terrible!"

    I listened to this for maybe 45 minutes and to be honest, I have no idea what it is about. I couldn't get past the incredibly annoying voice of this narrator, so much so that it was all I could think about.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Clemens Bertram 02-19-13 Member Since 2015

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    "unbearable narration"

    This is the first book I stopped listening to and will actually return. I was looking forward to this great classic, but the narrator's snooty tone of voice with many sentences ending question-like with a rising pitch made it impossible to listen to beyond the first chapter.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rockie Mentone, AL, United States 09-02-11
    Rockie Mentone, AL, United States 09-02-11

    Alpaca farmer, gardener, poet. Loves reading & listening to books, music, writing, and learning. Life is good!

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    "Dreadful narration"

    I love Russian literature, and Dostoevsky is my favorite Russian author. I looked forward to listening to this classic, but I couldn't make it past the first chapter because of the narration. Perhaps it's my ear, but the proper British accent of the narrator made the story so very, very dry and boring. It was a wasted credit for a great book. (I've since read it.) I'll know better next time to listen to a sample of the narration before purchasing.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-29-12
    Jonathan Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-29-12
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    "Like others - I had problems with the narration..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Great story. It's portable - so the audiobook format works - I'd choose a different narrator however.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I found the narrator somewhat haughty and self absorbed, with little 'character' or expressiveness to his efforts. The voicing of different characters was undifferentiated and therefore kind of hard to distinguish between. The problem was NOT the english accent but more his manner.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If this were a book I would prefer to read it.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Shelton, WA, United States 07-14-11
    Marc Shelton, WA, United States 07-14-11
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    "Narrator drones on and on with lazy snobbery"

    After listening to over a hundred audio books, I've finally found a narration I just can't get past. Imagine a British Mr. Garrison from Southpark droning on with a stuffy nose.

    It takes way too much conscious effort to hear the words through the narrators annoying accent. My violent hatred of this narration grew every time I had to rewind the book.

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy 03-21-15
    Timothy 03-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautifully narrated. Davidson is the only voice."

    Loved this story. Davidson is my favorite narrator. This masterpiece was brought to life by his control of very difficult material.

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    RAR 03-13-15
    RAR 03-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Choose another narrator"
    Would you try another book from Fyodor Dostoevsky and Constance Garnett (translator) and/or Frederick Davidson?

    I would definitely choose another book by Dostoevsky and perhaps this translator but the narrator has completely put me off. I've labored through about ten hours and I just can't hear anymore


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course I liked Alexi but I don't remember the characters later in the story. I'm hoping I can find another translation.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator simpers and is at the same time arrogant. He is not pleasant to hear.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I'm disappointed as I loved the translation and narration of War & Peace that I got from Audible as well as Anna Karinina. Granted, I realize they are different Russian authors but many say that Dostoevsky is the better. I hope to try again with a different narrator.


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    Kym Hopwood 02-24-15
    Kym Hopwood 02-24-15 Member Since 2009
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    ti have to admit to downloading this book to check a box thatI hsve read dostevrdky. can't say I enjoyed it much, it did feel like a homework assignment. reading it in paper might have been more enjoyable as my comprehension might have been better. tough slog through the religious contemplation.

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    "Gripping Story Despite Uneven Storyteller"

    I read this in college but don't recall it as being as thoroughly engaging, even exciting, as it is. The trial was amazing. The characters unforgettable. Many of the scenes brilliant. The narrator, however, was often unable to distinguish different characters. So his voice was frequently distracting though he read with a lot of energy that kept me engaged with the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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