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The Brothers Karamazov Audiobook

The Brothers Karamazov

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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.

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What the Critics Say

"[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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    jose 01-09-17
    jose 01-09-17 Member Since 2012

    Engineer in St Louis, Missouri, United States

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    "The Toddlers Karamazov"

    Ok, it's not for an Engineer to rip a Universally Acclaimed Writer, but here I go...

    In the end, the problems in this book are very low class and the people have very low class brains. The characters are not manly. They make excuses, blame others, and they don't face facts. They are envious and wrathful. Their poor character is their fate.

    Hilarious that the characters worry about Catholic Jesuits, but not their own lack of financial competence, sexual excess, and uncontrolled envy.

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    David San Diego, CA, United States 12-21-16
    David San Diego, CA, United States 12-21-16 Member Since 2011
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    "A Consuming Classic"
    What did you like best about The Brothers Karamazov? What did you like least?

    I think the thing I liked the most was the dedication to each of the characters. They all, major and minor, seemed to have their own journeys. The thing I liked the least was some of the dialogue (as I don't know if anyone ever truly spoke like the characters in this book).


    Would you be willing to try another one of Frederick Davidson’s performances?

    I don't think I would listen to this narrator again. He didn't do a very good job distinguishing between the characters, and his tone just struck my ear the wrong way. As such, the text was somewhat hard to absorb.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite the difficulties of time, reader, and translation, this is a classic of literature for many reasons. If you can deal with those issues, then I would suggest listening.

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    monica wolfson 09-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Torturous"

    Agony not enjoyable can't connect with the characters at all. Narrators voice so irritating. Hating every moment what am I missing ?

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    Sarah Lorraine Thomson 06-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Mind blowing"

    One of the best books I have ever read/listened to. Dostoevsky had an amazing understanding of human nature, and his characters are so raw and real.

    Narrator was great too.

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    Amazon Customer PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 01-19-16
    Amazon Customer PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 01-19-16 Member Since 2011
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    "long but interesting"

    such a multiplicity of words! true Russian literature! enjoyed the reading and glad it's over!

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    Robert 06-26-15
    Robert 06-26-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Slow build up to an amazing set of circumstances"

    Great classic and worth a listen. Like a lot of the old classics it takes some time to get used to hearing and recognizing the Russian names and getting into the time setting. Slow build up to start but finishes with an outstanding court room scene that sets the stage for all modern crime scenes

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    GMontie Waco, TX USA 05-28-15
    GMontie Waco, TX USA 05-28-15

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    "Peaks and Valleys"

    Recommended to literary purists willing to make an exception on audiobooks.

    I know it's considered a masterpiece, and it was highly complimented by fellow ministers, but I was underwhelmed. There were passages and a few chapters that sparked my mind and heart, but there were also some chunks of slooooow sections. Overall... Meh.

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    J. D. Gunter Colorado 04-23-15
    J. D. Gunter Colorado 04-23-15
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    "This book was sobering"

    There were many down turns in the book just as the author began giving glimpses of hope. You couldn't help but love the hero.

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    Timothy 03-21-15
    Timothy 03-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautifully narrated. Davidson is the only voice."

    Loved this story. Davidson is my favorite narrator. This masterpiece was brought to life by his control of very difficult material.

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    RAR 03-13-15
    RAR 03-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Choose another narrator"
    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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