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The Idiot

By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
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One of the most influential authors from Russia’s Golden Age, Fyodor Dostoevsky left behind a vast collection of prized literary works, including Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov.

In The Idiot, Prince Myshkin possesses a childlike innocence and trusting nature that leave him vulnerable to abuse by those around him. Returning to St. Petersburg to collect an inheritance, Myshkin realizes he is a stranger in a society obsessed with wealth, manipulation and power.

Public Domain (P)2014 Recorded Books

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Avoid Constance Garnett

The Alan Meyers translation used for this recording is much better than the translation used for the other recordings on Audible. The performance is also quite good.

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Just weird

I know it is supposed to be a classic and I listened to it because my husband loves this book, but I just wanted to slap every character in the book at one point or another.

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Thought provoking

Dostoevsky tale is a great examination of the shortcomings of people and how we can be better

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well... it's Dostoyevsky, so it's brilliant

it's absolutely brilliant if you can follow all the characters, and it's narrated very well so absolutely no flaws IMHO.

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Surprisingly Amazing

This book is so alive and deep and I think it will take me years to figure out all its layers. Totally brilliant and perfectly paced. I was not expecting to love it as much as I did

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Surprisingly good even though highly recommended

The bad: it was easy to get lost in who is who because of character names. I had to read sparknotes to figure out who did what.

The good: despite knowing the basic outline well in advance, i was still surprised and moved at the story.

Much of the books characters are well developed, perhaps overly so.

It is clear that Dostoevsky has ideas about Religion in mind, but they are not what one would expect.

In no way grotesque nor vulgar, yet not a childs book at all.

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amazingly unique story - brilliantly told

great translation. the story is captivating and very believable. Every chapter is filled with surprises.