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?
Complex and Intriguing
Yes, it had a complex cast of characters which made me gravitate towards hearing more.
Yes, I became entangled in the web of characters along with the interesting plot that it made it a worthwhile listen.
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