Dostoyevsky's The Used and Abused (Part One)

  • by Robert Armin
  • Narrated by Philip Hoffman
  • 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dostoyevsky's The Used and Abused is a fresh retelling of an early Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel previously translated and published under such titles as Injury and Insult, The Insulted and Injured, The Insulted and Humiliated, and Humiliated and Insulted.
Writing while he was serving time in a Russian prison, Dostoyevsky was heavily influenced by the novels of Charles Dickens. A frustrated love affair, an orphan girl in jeopardy, a scheming aristocrat, and an angry father who casts his daughter out of his life are just a few of the ingredients that make this lesser-known Russian novel a delight to hear.
More than simply creating a new translation, novelist and playwright Robert Armin has expanded upon and enhanced the characters and dialogue of Dostoyevsky's original work to give modern listeners a full and engaging listening experience from beginning to end. The audiobook is brilliantly performed by Broadway and television actor Philip Hoffman [Orange Is the New Black, Into the Woods (original Broadway production), Fiddler on the Roof (2004), A Catered Affair, and Cabaret (2014)].
This recording contains the first half of a two-part serialization.


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Russian classic reworked - Better than nothing?

I am not sure what to say. I never read the original book and all Dostoyevsky's books have always intimidated me. I enjoyed the book, performance and story but always in the back of my mind was that I was "cheating" with Cliff Notes! The language and pace was in period mode and I will read the second book. Maybe this book was a good way to ease into the REAL thing. I was gifted this book by audioboom in exchange for an unbiased review.
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- Kathren "I have been an avid reader all my life. Everything from True Crime to Time Travel. Now that I am retired, I read even more."

Complex and Intriguing

Would you listen to Dostoyevsky's The Used and Abused (Part One) again? Why?

Yes, it had a complex cast of characters which made me gravitate towards hearing more.

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

Yes, I became entangled in the web of characters along with the interesting plot that it made it a worthwhile listen.

Any additional comments?

"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."

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- Daman "A good listen makes for an amazing day!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-20-2016
  • Publisher: Moreclacke Publishing