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The Brothers Karamazov [Jimcin Recordings Edition] | [Fyodor Dostoevsky]

The Brothers Karamazov [Jimcin Recordings Edition]

Dostoevsky studied human nature with passion and precision. He plumbed the depths and never winced at what he found, even when it was beyond his understanding. This extraordinary novel is a recital of his findings, told in the story of four brothers: Dimitri, pleasure-seeking, impatient, unruly; Ivan, brilliant and morose; Alyosha, gentle, loving, honest; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov, sly, silent, cruel. What give this story its dramatic grip is the part these brothers play in their father's murder.
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Publisher's Summary

Dostoevsky studied human nature with passion and precision. He plumbed the depths and never winced at what he found, even when it was beyond his understanding. This extraordinary novel is a recital of his findings, told in the story of four brothers: Dimitri, pleasure-seeking, impatient, unruly; Ivan, brilliant and morose; Alyosha, gentle, loving, honest; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov, sly, silent, cruel. What gives this story its dramatic grip is the part these brothers play in their father's murder.

©1987 Jimcin Recordings

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    Andrew MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE, United States 11-03-12
    Andrew MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE, United States 11-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Clarity and Eloquence"
    What made the experience of listening to The Brothers Karamazov the most enjoyable?

    Mr Covell's pronunciation enabled me to either listen and follow along with a book simultaneously, or simply listen alone and still understand everything that was being said. Words were said clearly with no confusion or slurring of phrases. Very well done.


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

    Well, Crime and Punishment comes to mind first due to the similar settings, vocabulary, and the fact that they're written by the same author. I enjoy this latter aspect because in C&P we know the killer and root for him being the main character, but in TBK we don't know him and have come to despise him by the time we figure out who the killer truly is.


    What does Walter Covell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If I had just read the book there would've been portions that would've been skimmed over quickly rather than meticulously studied thanks to the pace of Walter Covell's read. As I followed along with my book, I was able to read with more patience rather than storm through the book, forgetting lines only minutes after reading them.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't laugh or cry, but I was amazed at the social attitudes that were prevalent in the historical times of the novel. This was shown immensely during the trial, and I was greatly amazed at the jury's judgement when all that was given by the prosecution was circumstantial evidence. But that's the way courts worked in those times, with just men hearing the story and making decisions - when judges could put forth their opinions and tell the jurors what is true and what is not.


    Any additional comments?

    Only a couple of times in the narration was a line or a phrase skipped over. This was no doubt due to the same phrases being in back-to-back lines (scribal phenomenon called homoeoteleuton) and the error (called periblepsis) of the omission of the end of the first line as the scribe or orator's eyes returned to the page.

    Also, a little more emotion in the narrator's voice could always liven the story up a bit, but it is understood how taking on a frantic character's voice could lose verbal clarity which Mr Covell maintained very well throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aden LAFAYETTE, CO, United States 11-29-11
    Aden LAFAYETTE, CO, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Walter Covell: Auditory Anesthesiologist"

    One of my favorite books; one of my least favorite audio books. I listen to audio books nearly every working day of my week. I know this book backwards & forwards, but about an hour into it, I found myself thinking about my grocery list or the airspeed velocity of a swallow. It was horrible. I could not handle the narration-- I would get lost in the dialogue knowing who spoke or if it was the narrator. If you want juicy (though Post-Revolutionary) Russian literature, try Bulgakov's, The Master & Margarita. Excellent narration, though British--but entertaining and allows you to keep track of the different characters during a dialogue. Or just read the hard-bound; it's one the world's best works of fiction.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amy KNOXVILLE, TN, United States 10-13-14
    Amy KNOXVILLE, TN, United States 10-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book, poor presentation"

    Dear Audible, Please give us a new version with a better narrator! I'll be first in line...

    I rated this recording over a year ago & in listening again, am sorry I gave the performance 3 stars... should be 2 at most... maybe 1.

    I'm a major Dostoevsky fan & I'd put this book in his top 3. Other reviewers have gone into the story details, so I'm going to focus on recording quality. Walter Covell was a poor choice for narrator. There is little if any distinction between the characters' voices & their voices often switched as the story went along. Dialogs are a mash up. I had to follow along with the book to determine who was talking to who(m).

    Then there's the technical quality, which continually alternates between bad and worse. It often sounds like a recording from a 1940's radio broadcast.

    The sample for the other unabridged recording sounded even less appealing, so I went with this one. Best to read the book & wait for a new recording with a better narrator

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    James Oakville, ON, Canada 05-02-07
    James Oakville, ON, Canada 05-02-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Looong Story, Below Avg Narration"

    I had seen an excellent redition of the story as a play a year ago so I had high expectations.

    In contrast to the play, I found that the story had its high points but it required getting through many long dreary stretches. I have found the other major Russian works of literature as interesting but difficult to get through in the past so that should also be taken into consideration.

    I thought that the narration as well below average for Audible. The narrator's different voices remind me of some cheap CDs of children's stories that I hear my kids listen too. Poor and inconsistent voice differentation made me wish that he didn't bother trying to use varied "voices" at all.

    21 of 67 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Sebastopol, CA, USA 07-22-09
    Jon Sebastopol, CA, USA 07-22-09 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm going to try a different reader/translation."

    I listen to A LOT of audio books. Long ones. Like "War & Peace"..."Moby Dick"..."Bleak House". But, this one I couldn't finish, despite several tries. The reader lacks emotional nuance. And the simple pacing of words, which could bring a scene vividly to life, is dull and listless. He's got great pronunciation of words. But, still...I'm going to look for a different version and give it another try.

    7 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Edith Oakland, CA, United States 04-22-09
    Edith Oakland, CA, United States 04-22-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Ugh!"

    Despite having listened to, and loved, several dozen long 19th century English, European and Russian novels, I found this one so obnoxiously butchered by its reader as to be unlistenable.

    5 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Young Sun Gardena, CA, USA 07-12-10
    Young Sun Gardena, CA, USA 07-12-10
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    "low sound quality"

    it would have been a lot better only if this had normal sound quality. the vibrating voice is kind of annoying.

    1 of 19 people found this review helpful

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