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The Idiot [Blackstone] Audiobook

The Idiot [Blackstone]

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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.

What the Critics Say

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

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    Ann 05-11-15
    Ann 05-11-15
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    "Listened to it twice"

    I think this narrator is immensely talented and often listen to him. I have to subtract a star for the voices of Nastasha and Ippolet who are central characters.

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    TWG Columbus, Ohio United States 01-23-15
    TWG Columbus, Ohio United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent for mid-19th century"

    The book is excellently written. The story is compelling, the characters are exquisite, and the prose is of the highest standard. However, modern readers will likely want for excitement, as the plot proceeds through discussion and the intent behind words rather than deeds.

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    daniel hoffelder 11-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Insightful-"
    Where does The Idiot [Blackstone] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Would rank in the top ten-


    What other book might you compare The Idiot [Blackstone] to and why?

    It is a one of a kind book .....


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

    He does a good job of separating the many characters


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

    A bit of both, a really deep book-requires some focus or you quickly loose continuity-


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the effort - much insight to be gleaned-

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    Amazon Customer 11-12-13 Member Since 2016

    I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.

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    "Soap Opera"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Idiot [Blackstone] to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Idiot [Blackstone]?

    The money in the fire


    Have you listened to any of Robert Whitfield’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


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

    I didn't want to think that the guy was an idiot, but I think he ended up being just that.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Crime and Punishment better.

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    Jenny 02-25-13
    Jenny 02-25-13
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    "masterful performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    We all know this is a masterwork. This reader is very talented and brings the story to life.


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    Prashant Manlius, NY, United States 01-02-13
    Prashant Manlius, NY, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Went beyond my expectations!"
    Would you listen to The Idiot again? Why?

    Absolutely!
    Steller performance and incredible story.


    What other book might you compare The Idiot to and why?

    Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment


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

    Excellent pronunciations of Russian names etc, different voices for different characters and a very good steady rate of delivery of the content. Sounded like a play almost!


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

    Both laugh and cry... took me to a time and place where I have no past experience with yet made me feel home.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't believe I waited so many years to read this book.

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    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


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    James Ithaca, NY 11-10-12
    James Ithaca, NY 11-10-12

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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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