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The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Brothers Karamazov

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Title Details

Abridged Edition
Running Time
19 Hrs. 15 Min.
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Fyodor Dostoevsky's crowning life work, The Brothers Karamazov, stands among the greatest novels in world literature. His exploration of faith, doubt, morality, and the place of suffering in life are equaled in no other work of literature, save the Bible.

The book explores the possible role of four brothers in the unresolved murder of their father, Fyodor Karamazov. At the same, it carefully explores the personalities and inclinations of the brothers themselves. Their psyches together represent the full spectrum of human nature, and continuum of faith and doubt. Ultimately this novel seeks to understand the real meaning of existence and includes much beneficial philosophical and spiritual discussion that moves the reader towards faith.

This new abridgment done exclusively for Hovel Audio by Russian Studies scholar Thomas Beyer keeps the important religious themes of the novel intact. It is an excellent way for the admirer of Dostoevsky to refresh himself, or to introduce Dostoevsky to a friend who has yet to experience the joy of reading his works.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) writes with a passion and keen insight of biblical grace like no other modern novelist. His works Crime and Punishment and The Idiot testify to his great skill. The Brothers Karamazov has been hailed by readers for over a century as one of the finest achievements in all of western literature.

Thomas R. Beyer is Professor of Russion at Middlebury College in Vermont. He holds three degrees in Slavic Literature including a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. In his decades of teaching, Tom Beyer has read The Brothers Karamazov dozens of times. His abridgment of the novel for Hovel Audio shows his thorough knowledge of his subject.

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Quite Probably the Best Audiobook I've Listened To
Reviewer LOLDavid
 September 03, 2006
I spent a good month listening to this version of The Brothers Karamazov and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to every minute of it. The Brothers Karamazov is certainly one of the greatest novels of all time and Simon Vance's narration is really remarkable as he creates distinct voices for each character. The story of Dmitri, Ivan, Alyosha, and their father is always entertaining and also rich with philosophical and religious insight.

I listened to this in unison with the UC-Berkeley lectures on the book from the Existentialism in Film & Literature Podcast, and gained many observations about the book that I otherwise would've missed. The translation is superb and from what I gather they've somehow abridged the novel without leaving anything out. All in all, this is quite probably the best audiobook I've ever listened to.

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  • Published: 2005
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T018314
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