The Possessed

  • by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Narrated by Patrick Cullen
  • 29 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Loosely based on sensational press reports of a Moscow student’s murder by fellow revolutionists, The Possessed depicts the destructive chaos caused by outside agitators who move into a provincial town.
The enigmatic Stavrogin dominates the novel. His magnetic personality influences his tutor, the liberal intellectual poseur Stepan Verhovensky, and the teacher’s revolutionary son Pyotr, as well as other radicals.
Stavrogin is portrayed as a man of strength without direction, capable of goodness and nobility. When Stavrogin loses his faith in God, however, he is seized by brutal desires he does not fully understand.
Widely considered the greatest political novel ever written, The Possessed showcases Dostoevsky’s brilliant characterization, amazing insight into the human heart, and crushing criticism of the desire to manipulate the thought and behavior of others.

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Better wait for Simon Vance to read this one...

I'm a huge Dostoyevsky fan, but I found it very hard to enjoy (or, indeed, follow) this audiobook. Mr. Cullen has a very good voice, but, with one or two exceptions, all his characters sound exactly the same. What's even worse, he gives no cues for the change in speaker, which makes many of dialogues in the book almost unintelligible. In a printed book we have paragraph breaks; in this audiobook there is nothing. Another minor (but annoying) feature of his narration is that he occasionally lowers his voice to a whisper. For anyone who listens to the audiobook while commuting, or in any other environment that is not completely quiet, this can be quite frustrating.

In other words: unless for some reason you have to have this audiobook now, I would suggest waiting for a different version.
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- Erez

WARNING: A Totally Botched Narration!

Don't even THINK about buying this - the worst narrator in the history of audiobooks. The novel is one of the masterpieces of Western literature, yet no one at Audible saw fit to conduct quality control. It is impossible to follow the story. The narrator seems not even to understand the sentences he is reading. Wrong inflection, hammy, wrongheaded, bombastic, simply an embarrassment. I suffered through about two hours of this hoping that somehow he would get the hang of it, since there are no other audio versions. Finally I gave up in disgust. I have listened to many audiobooks, but nothing comes close to this fiasco. It is so bad that it should not even be offered for sale.
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- Kim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.