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Notes from the Underground is an 1864 novella by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Notes is considered by many to be one of the first existentialist novels. It presents itself as an excerpt from the rambling memoirs of a bitter, isolated, unnamed narrator (generally referred to by critics as the "Underground Man") who is a retired civil servant living in St. Petersburg. 

The first part of the story is told in monologue form, or the underground man's diary, and attacks emerging Western philosophy. The second part of the book is called "Apropos of the Wet Snow" and describes certain events that appear to be destroying and sometimes renewing the Underground Man, who acts as a first-person unreliable narrator and antihero.

Public Domain (P)2018 Bassett Publishing

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Bizarre but also Intrigueing.

A interesting glimpse into human psychology and philosophy. There is also a short autobiography about Dostoyevsky's life. Glad the narrator was Daniel Dorse, the deep voice relateable to something like David Attenborough without the ascent fit the Bizarre scenes and the wise and yet clumsy character Dostoyevsky seemed to be. Overall a good book. I may listen to it a 2nd time before being done with it.

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A joy to listen to....

First of all, in my view, the voice of Daniel Dorse is spot on and perfect for this kind of book. It is so impressive how he narrates the background story and thoughts of the sick protagonist in the book.

To be honest, I cannot really put my finger on why I like the audiobook so much. Please find out for yourself and you probably won't be disappointed.

The narrative structure of the book is exceptional I think. The first part is really just one long train of fascinating thoughts - and part two is a more-easy-to-follow first person account.

I liked the book a lot. Recommended :-)

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.