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The Brothers Karamazov is the final novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky and is generally considered the culmination of his life's work. Published in November 1880, Dostoevsky spent nearly two years writing the novel set in 19th-century Russia. Fydor Karamazov, a mean and disreputable landowner, has three sons, Dmitry, a profligate army officer; Ivan, a writer with revolutionary ideas; and Alexey, a religious novice. A drama of patricide and fraternal jealousy unfolds, involving the questions of anarchism and atheism, and giving a portrait of Russian society in the turbulent 1870s.
Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky (1821 - 1881) was a Russian fiction writer, essayist, and philosopher whose works have been acclaimed all over the world by thinkers as diverse as Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein.
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.
Translated by David Magarshack
(P)2009 RNIB
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4 out of 5 stars
By Julia on 05-30-09

The Brothers Karamozov

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Heimo on 06-11-10

great book

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 09-06-10


Good translation and excellent reading, good pace!

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Geoffrey G. Harvey on 04-13-13

Brilliant study of human nature in difficult times

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.

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