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)
One of the best books I have ever read/listened to. Dostoevsky had an amazing understanding of human nature, and his characters are so raw and real.
Narrator was great too.
such a multiplicity of words! true Russian literature! enjoyed the reading and glad it's over!
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.
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
Of course I liked Alexi but I don't remember the characters later in the story. I'm hoping I can find another translation.
The narrator simpers and is at the same time arrogant. He is not pleasant to hear.
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.
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.
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.
I am an amateur philosopher and a competent theoligian with a heart to learn and inspire others to authentic and meaningful living
It is sometimes difficult to tell the characters apart given Russian usuage but this work is considered to be one of the best pieces of literature even penned. It is a sweeping story, in which the main characters become representatives of bigger narratives dealing with religion, morality, ethics, and philosophy, class struggle and Russian history. Some of the most quoted lines about religion and morality comes from this epic novel dealing with the Karamazov family.
The exploration of atheistic and ethical themes fleshed out in the lifes of this highly dysfunctional family. It is "Days of our Lives" on philosophical steroids.
The story of the Inquistor's interogation of Jesus Christ
Not possible - this is a massive owrk
The reader pauses all wrongly and has a very supercilious voice. Had to abandon listening it was driving me mad.
"the worst reader I have ever heard"
I agree with the previous review: the reader is simply appalling. Unbearably posh pronunciation, no sense of what characters are like, he just ruins without any mercy a masterpiece. Keep far from this version. It is virtually not usable. Extremely irritating or sleep inducing.I think at times it could be difficult to understand also by native English speakers,
"Couldn't get through disc 1"
A better narration.
I have listened to Crime and Punishment and The Idiot and would have persisted with thirty plus hours more of Dostoevsky's finest but sadly the awful narration failed to bring this book to life for me.
The narration was really poor.
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