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I've read the book, and purchased the audio so that I could hear it with all of the Russian names pronounced correctly (I made up the most improbably pronunciations on my own). The narrator was very good, a very listenable to voice, nice inflection, you can hear that he is interpreting the novel but is not out of sync with the tone of the writing. I would look for him as a reader on another novel.
33 of 33 people found this review helpful
i think i grew into this book. i remember reading it in college and thinking, will it never end?
i love this reading of it. in fact, this reader has become one of my favorites. if you cannot excuse the occassional page turning, swallowing, and, yes, air in the breathing passage, don´t buy this book. because it does contain these little human imperfections. but, for me, i loved it. i felt like someone human was reading to me. but, it must be said, i am not one who likes the new modern slick productions you sometimes get when the reader is far more performing than reading.
when this book came to an end i just started again at the beginning and listened to it again. even after that it took me several days to find something else that could compare as an experience.
for this price, anyone can afford to give it a try, and i am really grateful to audibles for having some compaasion on my budget.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Good translation and excellent reading, good pace!
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
I read the unabridged version and was quite gripped by the story most of the time. Speaking to some Russian PhD students at the University where I work they had not had the same response when they read it during their schooling in Russia. They had found it quite dark and depressing. Perhaps age makes a difference in one’s perception of books. From my perspective I think Dostoevsky’s understanding of human nature is brilliant and I loved the way that he wove the teachings of Christianity in and out of his stories.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful