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  • The Brothers Karamazov

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 34 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

In The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky explores human nature at its most loathsome and cruel but never flinches at what he finds. The novel tells the stirring tale of four brothers: the pleasure-seeking, impatient Dmitri; the brilliant and morose Ivan; the gentle, loving, and honest Alyosha; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov, shy, silent, and cruel. They are behind the murder of one of literature's most despicable characters: their father. This was Dostoevsky's final and perhaps his finest work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb rendition of Dostoyevsky's greatest novel

  • By David on 12-24-03

One of the best books ever written

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-05

This is probably my favorite book of all time. Most fiction describes appearances, dialog, and "cookie-cutter" emotions (even Crime and Punishment fits this description), but in this book Dostoyevsky has somehow found a way to decribe the mental process in action. I read it in awe of his insight. While the setting is 19th Century Russia, he is way ahead of his time and may be way ahead of our own in the sheer depth of his understanding and his ability to portray. He is quoted for this ability in Steven Pinker's most recent book "Blank Slate" (another author that needs to be recorded). And the dialog is great theology and philosophy. The abridged version chose to focus on the action-oriented Dmitri and does not even include the Grand Inquisitor conversation!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The O'Reilly Factor

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life
  • By: Bill O'Reilly
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

A hard-hitting and no-holds-barred broadside, from the anchorman of the Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor - what's good about America (plenty), what's bad (plenty still), and what's completely ridiculous (most everything else).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Long Version of His Show (sans Guests)

  • By Jennifer on 06-06-03

delivers 2 out of 3 -- bad & ridiculous

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-03

More from the Fox Propaganda mouthpiece.

5 of 65 people found this review helpful

  • Desperate Deception

  • British Covert Operations in the United States, 1939-44
  • By: Thomas E. Mahl
  • Narrated by: William Sutherland
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Mahl's account brings together bits and pieces of a story that has been told before together with the best research and documentation of the subject available on this crucial period of Western history between 1939 and 1944.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Important but Unrewarding

  • By Michael on 08-11-03

Propaganda here?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-25-02

A very important point is made in this book -- that our destiny as a nation is as much affected by the deceit of its leaders as by the character of its people. This book lays out in convincing detail, how we can be led into war, or anything else for that matter. The book makes no judgment on whether the nation's isolationist mood would have been good or bad (obviously it would have been disastrous for the world if the Axis had pursued its goals without American intervention). However, the weakness of representative democracy as a means of expression of the "will of the people" is a real eye-opener.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful