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The Brothers Karamazov (Unabridged)

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky & David Magarshack (translator)

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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

Customer Reviews

A wonderful reading of one of the greatest novels in literature

This is a superb and beautiful reading of the Brothers Karamazov -- really first class. The reader is truly a wonderful actor. Only thing I find a little funny is the translation, which is very British. The Russian character is so differet from the British, so it's a little discordant to hear the Russian characters speaking in British idiom. When the children call little Ilya a "rotter," or when Ivan calls Alyosha "old chap" (or something like that) it suddenly feels like one is listening to characters from Harry Potter. But this is a very small price to pay for a superb rendition of one of the most beautiful and remarkable works of art in Western literature. And one quickly become accustomed to the translation, which I imagine is just the standard Penguin version.

Good book , poor audio quality

It is difficult to detract from an audiobook at this bargain but what is saved is also lost in narration. I have listened to numerous audiobooks and this is the first one where there seemed to be no audio editing whatsoever. Occasional but pronounced reader noises (breath sounds) and prolonged pauses between paragraphs was distracting and at times grinding. My opinion may reflect heightened sensitivities to such things, but If you are like me and you don't mind paying extra for a better listen, I would suggest you go for another narration.

The sample seemed decent enough

Good price.
Poor editing (audible chewing, hiccups, pauses, tape stops).
Disregard to or misunderstanding of the author's voice and intention of character's dialogue (wrong emphasis or emotion, hard to distinguish between characters).
Sounds like a reading of Harry Potter.
Worth a shot. At least I will be able to pronounce the Russian and French littered throughout. Will read it myself as time permits, unless I can find a reading from a narrator who sounds Russian.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky & David Magarshack (translator), The Brothers Karamazov (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Gabriel Woolf
  • Published: 2009
  • Category: Classics
  • Provider: RNIB
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