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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"[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)
A promise that I will have to read
Avoiding this narrator
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Great story. It's portable - so the audiobook format works - I'd choose a different narrator however.
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 were a book I would prefer to read it.
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.
Great classic and worth a listen. Like a lot of the old classics it takes some time to get used to hearing and recognizing the Russian names and getting into the time setting. Slow build up to start but finishes with an outstanding court room scene that sets the stage for all modern crime scenes
Recommended to literary purists willing to make an exception on audiobooks.
I know it's considered a masterpiece, and it was highly complimented by fellow ministers, but I was underwhelmed. There were passages and a few chapters that sparked my mind and heart, but there were also some chunks of slooooow sections. Overall... Meh.
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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