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Publisher's Summary

After spending four years in a Siberian penal settlement, during which time he underwent a religious conversion, Dostoevsky developed a keen ability for deep character analysis. In The Brothers Karamazov, he explores human nature at its most loathsome and cruel but never flinches at what he finds.

The Brothers Karamazov 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. The four unite in the murder of one of literature's most despicable characters - their father. This was Dostoevsky's final and best work.

(P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[Dostoevsky is] at once the most literary and compulsively readable of novelists we continue to regard as great....The Brothers Karamazov stands as the culmination of his art - his last, longest, richest, and most capacious book." (Washington Post Book World)

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Would you try another book from Fyodor Dostoevsky and Constance Garnett (translator) and/or Frederick Davidson?

I would definitely choose another book by Dostoevsky and perhaps this translator but the narrator has completely put me off. I've labored through about ten hours and I just can't hear anymore

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course I liked Alexi but I don't remember the characters later in the story. I'm hoping I can find another translation.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator simpers and is at the same time arrogant. He is not pleasant to hear.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I'm disappointed as I loved the translation and narration of War & Peace that I got from Audible as well as Anna Karinina. Granted, I realize they are different Russian authors but many say that Dostoevsky is the better. I hope to try again with a different narrator.

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challenging listen

ti have to admit to downloading this book to check a box thatI hsve read dostevrdky. can't say I enjoyed it much, it did feel like a homework assignment. reading it in paper might have been more enjoyable as my comprehension might have been better. tough slog through the religious contemplation.

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Gripping Story Despite Uneven Storyteller

I read this in college but don't recall it as being as thoroughly engaging, even exciting, as it is. The trial was amazing. The characters unforgettable. Many of the scenes brilliant. The narrator, however, was often unable to distinguish different characters. So his voice was frequently distracting though he read with a lot of energy that kept me engaged with the story.

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  • Michael
  • Serpentine, Australia
  • 01-14-13

Well It is a classic ... really.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It is sometimes difficult to tell the characters apart given Russian usuage but this work is considered to be one of the best pieces of literature even penned. It is a sweeping story, in which the main characters become representatives of bigger narratives dealing with religion, morality, ethics, and philosophy, class struggle and Russian history. Some of the most quoted lines about religion and morality comes from this epic novel dealing with the Karamazov family.

What did you like best about this story?

The exploration of atheistic and ethical themes fleshed out in the lifes of this highly dysfunctional family. It is "Days of our Lives" on philosophical steroids.

Which scene was your favorite?

The story of the Inquistor's interogation of Jesus Christ

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not possible - this is a massive owrk

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Terrible narrator

This classic book is supposed to be fantastic, but I never managed to find out because the narrator is extremely annoying. He has a combination of monotonous and over exagerated theatrical voice. I guess I will have to read it myself instead..

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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What a great reader!

Where does The Brothers Karamazov rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best!

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

The description of the third brother, who is so compassionate.

Which character – as performed by Frederick Davidson – was your favorite?

Same...third brother.

Any additional comments?

I have bought many books here on Audible. I like the readings by Frederick Davidson. He brings the characters to life. Don't believe the reviews that "diss" him. I have many books which he narrates and he is magnificent in all of them!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Aaron
  • Beaverton, OR, USA
  • 04-06-10

Meh...

The story might be ok - considering the period in which it was written - but I advise you to avoid this narrator. This is the second time I've had the misfortune of listening to him, and everyone sounds like a snooty british aristocrat, some with colonic problems. His rendition of the characters were so lifeless that I was completely bored with the whole story. Be warned - he narrated War and Peace also.

8 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Brothers Karamazov - Audible Book

Book: I will comment on the book. it is a classic.

Reader: The performance was very good. I read some of the reviews and I do not agree with the comments that the reader was haughty and annoying. I thought he captured the characters well. Some of the characters were typical of the period: emotional, flighty, etc.

Production: I appreciate that there was announcement of the beginning and end of the parts.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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VERY slow to start, but it does pick up.

What did you like best about The Brothers Karamazov? What did you like least?

When I bought this book, I promised myself I would get through it, and for the first 10 hours of listening...I was regretting my decision. This book starts slow, like painfully slow, it seems that the author is disconnected from his audience, and doesn't seem to care. I've read other Dostoevsky, and I have to admit, this was my least favorite.

Has The Brothers Karamazov turned you off from other books in this genre?

I wouldn't say that The Brother's Karamazov turned me off from other books in the genre, but it did help to turn me away from the author.

What about Frederick Davidson’s performance did you like?

Frederick was incredibly expressive, he put in proper emotion where it was called for, it was a good performance.

Did The Brothers Karamazov inspire you to do anything?

Nope

Any additional comments?

This was my least favorite Fyodor Dostoevsky novel, if you're looking for something of his to read...skip this one, it was a pretty lackluster experience.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Story

and..................
an interesting listen.
Go to your local library and read it.
The reader in this case adds nothing at all.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful