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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.

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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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    Montie Waco, TX USA 05-28-15
    Montie Waco, TX USA 05-28-15

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    "Peaks and Valleys"

    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.

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    J. D. Gunter Colorado 04-23-15
    J. D. Gunter Colorado 04-23-15
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    "This book was sobering"

    There were many down turns in the book just as the author began giving glimpses of hope. You couldn't help but love the hero.

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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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    "challenging listen"

    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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    Amazon Customer 02-21-15 Member Since 2015
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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.

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    Michael Serpentine, Australia 01-14-13
    Michael Serpentine, Australia 01-14-13

    I am an amateur philosopher and a competent theoligian with a heart to learn and inspire others to authentic and meaningful living

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    "Well It is a classic ... really."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story of the Inquistor's interogation of Jesus Christ


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

    Not possible - this is a massive owrk


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Johannes Oslo, Norway 01-19-11
    Johannes Oslo, Norway 01-19-11
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    "Terrible narrator"

    This classic book is supposed to be fantastic, but I never managed to find out because the narrator is extremely annoying. He has a combination of monotonous and over exagerated theatrical voice. I guess I will have to read it myself instead..

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pattywolford WV 08-31-12
    Pattywolford WV 08-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "What a great reader!"
    Where does The Brothers Karamazov rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Brothers Karamazov?

    The description of the third brother, who is so compassionate.


    Which character – as performed by Frederick Davidson – was your favorite?

    Same...third brother.


    Any additional comments?

    I have bought many books here on Audible. I like the readings by Frederick Davidson. He brings the characters to life. Don't believe the reviews that "diss" him. I have many books which he narrates and he is magnificent in all of them!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Beaverton, OR, USA 04-06-10
    Aaron Beaverton, OR, USA 04-06-10
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    "Meh..."

    The story might be ok - considering the period in which it was written - but I advise you to avoid this narrator. This is the second time I've had the misfortune of listening to him, and everyone sounds like a snooty british aristocrat, some with colonic problems. His rendition of the characters were so lifeless that I was completely bored with the whole story. Be warned - he narrated War and Peace also.

    7 of 21 people found this review helpful

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