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The Idiot [Blackstone] | [Fyodor Dostoevsky]

The Idiot [Blackstone]

Prince Myshkin, is thrust into the heart of a society more concerned with wealth, power, and sexual conquest than the ideals of Christianity. Myshkin soon finds himself at the center of a violent love triangle in which a notorious woman and a beautiful young girl become rivals for his affections. Extortion, scandal, and murder follow, testing the wreckage left by human misery to find "man in man."
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Publisher's Summary

Despite the harsh circumstances besetting his own life - abject poverty, incessant gambling, and the death of his firstborn child - Dostoevsky produced a second masterpiece, The Idiot, just two years after completing Crime and Punishment. In it, a saintly man, Prince Myshkin, is thrust into the heart of a society more concerned with wealth, power, and sexual conquest than the ideals of Christianity. Myshkin soon finds himself at the center of a violent love triangle in which a notorious woman and a beautiful young girl become rivals for his affections. Extortion, scandal, and murder follow, testing the wreckage left by human misery to find "man in man."

©2000 Blackstone Audiobooks. Originally published in 1880 in Russia.

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"Nothing is outside Dostoevsky's province....Out of Shakespeare there is no more exciting reading." (Virginia Woolf)

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    pablo santiago, Chile 11-19-12
    pablo santiago, Chile 11-19-12
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    "Excellent book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Idiot the most enjoyable?

    Well, I think Dostoievski is the best writer of all times. This is one of his best books, after Crime & Punishment and The Karamazov Brothers


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Idiot?

    The whole book


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

    Excellent narrator. I liked the way he use his voice to intepretate different characters


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No moment in particular


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Ithaca, NY 11-10-12
    James Ithaca, NY 11-10-12

    magic man

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    "Speed Reader!"

    I love Dostoevsky. But I wasted my money on this audiobook because of the narration. Robert Whitfield is technically excellent: his enunciation, his voices which vary according to character, his fluidity. All this is great. For me, however, there was one big drawback which is a deal-breaker: the super fast, breakneck speed at which he reads the book. Actually, I listened to the sample first, and choose it because I really did want a narrator who read relatively quickly. I have a restless mind and do not like slow poke readers. And in the sample this sounded good. But when I began listening for long periods of time I realized that I hated the way Whitfield rushes through everything with barely a pause for a breath. In a novel with Dostoevskian depth, this just will not do. One has no time to appreciate subtleties, nor even non-subtle, grand sweeps of emotion, because everything gets breathlessly passed by in what quickly begins to feel like a rush through the text. I had almost no time to absorb the feeling of the narrative, or appreciate the import of events. I kept thinking, "My God, man, slow down just a bit!" Eventually I gave up listening. It was a painful $20-something lesson.

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    Nick Warrandyte, Australia 10-02-12
    Nick Warrandyte, Australia 10-02-12
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    "Absolutely perfect."
    Where does The Idiot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm fairly liberal with 5 star reviews, If I thoroughly enjoy something it gets 5 stars.

    The Idiot was the first time I had to re-think my practice because it is so fantastic I feel as though I should be able to rate it higher.

    The narration is superb and Robert Whitfield does an excellent job of making every character spring immediately to life and the extended dialogue in many of Dostoevsky's scenes is a real treat.

    I recommend this 100% without reservations.


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    Kristina Dulles, VA, United States 11-25-10
    Kristina Dulles, VA, United States 11-25-10
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    "Najaf"

    Please, can anyone tell me which translation Mr.Robert Whitfield is narrating? I like to listen and read the same time.

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    Beth Arvada, CO, United States 11-15-10
    Beth Arvada, CO, United States 11-15-10 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Horrible Narrator"

    I cannot listen to another rushed, jumbled word. I am about 2 hours in and the narrator seemslikeheisreadingthebook just like I typed that. No pauses, no breaks just one long run-on sentence. The book it's self is not amazing but that is common at this point in the novel, I can't go any further to see whether it is a book I would enjoy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy E. Teufel Valley Stream, NY 06-08-09
    Nancy E. Teufel Valley Stream, NY 06-08-09 Member Since 2013

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    "Never Easy, But..."

    Dostoevsky is never easy, but always rewards the patience and diligence it takes to deal with a long book and cope with those Russian names. Generally, I find audiobooks resolve most of these difficulties, however this recording has proven otherwise. I find the narrator's style to be stiff and hurried - its as if he knows the story and is just busily getting a long job done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Moosic, PA, USA 06-22-05
    Anthony Moosic, PA, USA 06-22-05
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    "I'm still waiting for the good part"

    The main character was interesting. However after the 1000th 19th century drawing room conversation I finally gave up 3/4 of the way through. From the publisher's description I may really have missed the good part, but it just wasn't worth it. My only other exposure to this author was "Crime and Punishment", and I loved it, so I don't think it was my shortcoming. I don't know, maybe I'm the Idiot but I gave it a good try.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 08-29-09
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 08-29-09 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Psychological study"

    Doestoevsky's usual insight into complex human behavior, moral questions and cosmological considerations.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stefanie 06-17-10
    Stefanie 06-17-10
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    "nothing is happening"

    The women are silly and the men are stupid...

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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