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The Brothers Karamazov Audiobook

The Brothers Karamazov

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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.

(P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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
    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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    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.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    chochacho 08-26-14
    chochacho 08-26-14 Listener Since 2005
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    "Cannot stand narration."
    How could the performance have been better?

    Davidson's slurred speech is applied thickly over the dialogue of even the un-inebriated characters, and I have have a mind to think he must have been falling-down-drunk during the recording. It seems like he does everything to get in the way of my ability to enjoy the story. F-


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Clemens Bertram 02-19-13 Member Since 2015

    speedybube

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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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    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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    Reademandweep 04-01-17 Member Since 2016

    and a penny for your thoughts

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    "Classic ruined by godawful narration."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better reader.


    What other book might you compare The Brothers Karamazov to and why?

    Anna Karenina maybe but the reader makes such a difference, it's hard to make a comparison.


    What didn’t you like about Frederick Davidson’s performance?

    He brings no life to the material, reading every line the same. His vocal tone is odd and hard to understand so couple that with lack of enthusiasm or meaning to the dialogue and it was a miserable experience. I tried 3 times. Finally gave up and purchased a different version.


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

    Perhaps but due to the readers strange style and odd vocal tone, I couldn't find any meaning from the pages.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    korneel 02-16-17
    korneel 02-16-17
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    "torture"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    who might enjoy this more? i cant judge the story, i did not got far enough to be objective about that. but with this narrator i suggest you make your worst enemies listen to it.


    Would you recommend The Brothers Karamazov to your friends? Why or why not?

    not in this version


    How could the performance have been better?

    other narrator


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George Krafcisin 01-11-17

    old cook

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    "For Russian novel fans only"

    Great in psychological insight but really tedious by today's standards. Reader is pretty good but it felt like he was straining his voice to match some characters. His pronunciation of Russian names was okay but clearly not Russian.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jose 01-09-17
    jose 01-09-17 Member Since 2012

    Engineer in St Louis, Missouri, United States

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    "The Toddlers Karamazov"

    Ok, it's not for an Engineer to rip a Universally Acclaimed Writer, but here I go...

    In the end, the problems in this book are very low class and the people have very low class brains. The characters are not manly. They make excuses, blame others, and they don't face facts. They are envious and wrathful. Their poor character is their fate.

    Hilarious that the characters worry about Catholic Jesuits, but not their own lack of financial competence, sexual excess, and uncontrolled envy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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