Jim Killavey delivers a dignified performance of The Eternal Husband a novella by revered Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky, author of Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamozov. The wealthy Alexei Ivanovich Velchaninov visits Saint Petersburg, where widower Pavel Pavlovich Trusotsky pays him a surprise visit. The men have a history: Trusotsky’s deceased wife, Natalia, had an affair with Velchaninov. Whether Trusotsky is aware of this - and that the daughter he has been raising is in actuality Velchaninov’s child - is unclear. So begins a thrilling, complex tale about rivalry, love, and hate.
Told from the point of view of a rich and idle man who is confronted by a rival, the husband of his former, and now deceased, mistress, the story concerns the interchanging hatred and love of the two men. The book has both emotional power and an uncompromising insight into the human condition.
(P)1986 Jimcin Recordings
I've always wanted to read Dostoevsky but the size of his books was a little "off-putting." This was the perfect size for me and was a great psychological study. The reading was good but there was a slight "print-through" echo effect. However I stopped noticing that after a few minutes once the story had grabbed me. Five stars.
Although not one of his most famous works, this novel is a powerful tale and uses two of Dostoevsky's favorite themes - mental torture and neurosis. It is both captivating and revealing and explores love, guilt, and hatred. An incredible tale by a true master.
The narrator is well suited to the story and does an excellent job.
The first sections are riveting -- like a truely suspensful tale. the tedium in the middle grows aggravating -- the back and forth between the two male characters, the trickery and the vulnerability of each man. It went on for one chapter too long for my taste. I don't know why Dostoevsky added the "analysis" section and then the added chapter at the end. I have thought about it for the few days since I finished it and still can't figure out exactly what Mr. D. was trying to say ... it sort of escaped me. Good story for long drives, though.
Although written by a favorite Author, I was extremely disappointed by this story.
The Narrator should find something else to do. This is certainly NOT his gift. I can do 100% better. He sounds like a boring 4th Grade reader.
I really can't even rate this whole mess as a 1 but, I did want to encourage you to .. at least get a new Narrator. Very difficult to listen to.
Allow me to Narrate this for you and save you some embarrassment!
The narration is quite bad, but the text of The Eternal Husband shines through. Worth listening to if you can suffer through the two voices of Jim Killavey.
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