©2000 Blackstone Audiobooks. Originally published in 1880 in Russia.
"Nothing is outside Dostoevsky's province....Out of Shakespeare there is no more exciting reading." (Virginia Woolf)
I've been listening to audio books for well over twenty years (even before audible was available). Secretly, I wish I could be a narrator.
This was an outstanding translation and performance of the famed novel the idiot. I highly recommend it.
I've read The Idiot twice before, the last time about three years ago. The thing with Russian literature (note: I'm a huge fan of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Bulgakov), is that it's super easy getting confused with various plot lines, character arcs, and the lack of clarity (at least for me) with where the overall narrative is going. The Idiot is in my "top 5" list of favorite novels, so I was curious whether listening to it versus reading it might bring the narrative a little more to life for me.
Well, not really. Though I don't blame this version for it. The narrator did an outstanding job with the various characters and with the overall storytelling. He has a nice voice that just kinda sucks you in.
The story is wonderful though - I'm not going into the plot, because the novel is less about the particulars of the story than it is about the ideas conveyed. Can a truly good man (or woman) exist in the world without becoming corrupted? Are we cursed to a life of sorrow and suffering because of our past sins? Are we evil people who do good things or the other way around? Etc, etc. Some of the ruminations about the existence of God, the Catholic Church, and the
Nature of evil are incredibly deep and profound, and as ever applicable to our day and age as the were in Dostoevsky's time.
This book demands engagement, in order to fully appreciate it. I would recommend listening to the audiobook while following along with the written text in order to grasp the full weight of this masterpiece.
This is indeed one of the best books, simply ever. The narration was incredibly well done; I highly recommend it and it's worth every minute of the 23 hours.
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.
Would rank in the top ten-
It is a one of a kind book .....
He does a good job of separating the many characters
A bit of both, a really deep book-requires some focus or you quickly loose continuity-
Well worth the effort - much insight to be gleaned-
I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.
I have not read the print version.
The money in the fire
I have not.
I didn't want to think that the guy was an idiot, but I think he ended up being just that.
I like Crime and Punishment better.
Steller performance and incredible story.
Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment
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!
Both laugh and cry... took me to a time and place where I have no past experience with yet made me feel home.
Can't believe I waited so many years to read this book.
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
The whole book
Excellent narrator. I liked the way he use his voice to intepretate different characters
No moment in particular
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