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Publisher's Summary

A father's murder sets the stage for a riveting tale of intrigue and passion that also explores profound issues of faith and ethics. This classic novel - considered Dostoevsky's finest work - tells the story of crazed landowner Fyodor Karamazov and his four sons - Dmitry, Ivan, Alyosha, and the illegitimate Smerdyakov. Fyodor's murder sets the stage for a complex tangle of moral and ethical struggles that involve patricide, betrayal, sacrifice, and glory. A profound psychological study and a penetrating analysis of the search for faith, The Brothers Karamazov explores the most fundamental questions of human nature. This excellent new translation conveys the essence of Dostoevsky's original Russian.
Recording (P)1992 by Audio Literature; ©1991 by North Point Press

Critic Reviews

"..comes as close to Dostoevsky's Russian as it is possible to reach in another language." (Joseph Frank, Princeton University)

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Disapointing

This is a great book. However, it does not lend itself to an abridged version. Sure, you get the plot, but miss out on all the interesting philosophical sections. Debra Winger narrates the book. Her voice is rather monotonal and this book, a somewhat dark Russian novel filled with mostly male characters, really does not lend itself well to a female narrator. I truly wish an unabridge version was available, with the same narrator that does the unabridged version of Crime and Punishment (available from Audible). I downloaded Crime and Punishment just after listening to Brothers Karamazov and it was much more satisfying (from the standpoint of narrators voice and unabridged).

27 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Don't Buy This

What disappointed you about The Brothers Karamazov?

My goodness, that an actress could read so poorly and her director and editors let it pass is a big disappointment

And, I must have missed that it was an abridged version. Argh! Don't do this with the great classics

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Brothers Karamazov?

I had to stop listening

What didn’t you like about Debra Winger’s performance?

Wooden, mono-stress, one word at a time reading, not honoring comma pauses much less full stops.

Any additional comments?

Get a good reader and do an unabridged version. Thanks

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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No Grand Inquisitor

Though abridged I'd have thought they would keep the Grand Inquisitor parable but it is missing. Disappointed in Debra Winger's performance which I thought was leaden.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Very disappointed

This is the most disappointing purchase I've made from Audible. I'd hoped for a lively "refresher" after having read the full novel many years ago. But as others note, the abridgement just doesn't cut it. And the narration is particularly bad, slow and expressionless - puts me to sleep. Please don't let Ms. Winger try this again! There were some breaks where it seemed like the narrator was pausing for a drink of water or something.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Abridged

I wish I had known it was abridged before I got this. Very disappointing. Debra Winger is asked to do a major disservice to this. She succeeds.

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Too abridged, uneven performance

Eager to hear the 1990 translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, I bought this abridgment. Debra Winger's performance was uneven. There were oddly long pauses, too. This newer translation is a great improvement, very natural. I hope Audible will produce an unabridged version.

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not the whole book

This is frustrating. I got this book because I needed to read it for a class, but I cannot actually use it because it skips all over the full book. Disappointing.

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Abridged?

As a noob to Audible, I relished that you had the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation, and did not read past the description. Reviews would have alerted me! The six-hour reading should have tipped me off, as the time ought to be maybe double that, plus. You have a lot of nerve not to post “Abridged” directly in a subheading. Okay, that said, it takes some getting used to Debra Winger’s gravelly alto delivery, but I like her voice okay, and after awhile, she proves capable, even masterful and tireless. She’s just so... so, American. I found the pronunciations of family names, seemingly, auto-injected, by some audio wizardry, and that was strange. All in all, still a mislabeled ripoff!