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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (972 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky Narrator: Nick Sullivan Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781482983906
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First published in 1846, Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novella The Double is a classic doppelganger and the second major work published by the author. It is the story of Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin, a government clerk who believes that a fellow clerk has taken over his identity and is determined to bring about his ruin. Considered the most Gogolesque of Dostoyevsky’s works, the novella brilliantly depicts Golyadkin’s descent into madness in a way that is hauntingly poetic. The Double illustrates Dostoyevsky’s uncanny ability at capturing the complexity of human emotion, especially the darker side of the human psyche.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The novels of Dostoevsky are seething whirlpools, gyrating sandstorms, waterspouts which hiss and boil and suck us in. They are composed purely and wholly of the stuff of the soul. Against our wills we are drawn in, whirled round, blinded, suffocated, and at the same time filled with a giddy rapture.”

    Virginia Woolf

  • “One of the most outstanding and influential writers of modern literature.”

    The Reader’s Encyclopedia

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 2/20/2014

    " Loved The Gambler, but could have done without The Double. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neil Randall | 2/14/2014

    " The ultimate in terror - you go to your suffocating, spirit crushing office job and see your exact double - clothes, looks - sitting opposite. Paranoia gone mad. Nabokov called it 'one of the finest books in the Russian literary canon'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 2/2/2014

    " Just finished the Double.. I wish I had someone I could talk to to help me understand it better. It was a bit difficult to follow at points, but I did enjoy it. I would read it again with a better understanding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lex | 2/1/2014

    " I was not a fan of The Double. The plot didn't keep my attention (maybe because the author goes into such great detail about the most meaningless things). If the book just contained this story alone I would have given this book a lower score. But fortunately I also have The Gambler. I don't know about the author's other works, so far all i have read between him was these stories and Crime and Punishment, but the whole story was written in the first person. The fact that it was written this way and that the story itself was so interesting is the reason that I found myself reading every time I had a minute of free time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Jay | 1/19/2014

    " The Gambler is probably one of Dostoevsky's best short novels while The Double is not. It really speaks to the ability of the translators that the reader can definitively see a difference in the quality of the writing of these two stories; one from Dostoevsky's very early years, the other written alongside Crime and Punishment. Both are definitely good stories, but I think the most interesting part of this collection is being able to see the growth of the great novelist over his career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 1/17/2014

    " I love both of these novellas, though I really adored The Double. I know it's basically a rip-off of Gogol, but...I love Gogol. The Double is hilarious in ways Dostoevsky usually isn't; The Gambler is more "mature". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Austin | 1/17/2014

    " This was the 100th book I read in 2010, which makes this the first year since I've been keeping records that I've ever gone into treble digits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Richey | 1/11/2014

    " I've only read The Gambler from this collection. It's worth the book in itself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhonda | 1/1/2014

    " I only read the Gambler, but it was enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cdollowi | 12/13/2013

    " pair this with the metamorphosis from an existential romp. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janicesmit | 12/9/2013

    " This is a fabulous translation of this much loved book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 9/17/2013

    " My go-to guy if I want a really good read, the kind I have to puzzle over for days. This is a two-for-one deal, and they're both fantastic, although The Gambler is the star of this volume. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hamish | 7/10/2013

    " 2.5 stars for The Double, 3.5 for The Gambler. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin | 5/24/2013

    " The Double is a classic, and The Gambler is quite the autobiographical story. Don't read these however until you've had some exposure to Dostoevsky. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire Lyman | 4/9/2013

    " I am ashamed to give it only two stars - this probably makes me an uncultured ignoramus - but I would never have made it through this book if I hadn't had to for uni! I'm sure there are hidden depths to it etc etc though...and I enjoyed the comments about different nationalities, it has to be said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genevieve | 3/6/2013

    " Rating is for The Gambler; I have not yet read The Double. However, I am now on a mission to finally read Dostoevsky. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ali | 1/18/2013

    " The writing is of course good, as is the translation. I didn't adore it, though. I hated the dialogue, and I was thoroughly confused by the story. But that was, of course, the point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlise | 12/10/2012

    " "It's curious and ridiculous how much the gaze of a prudish and painfully chaste man, touched by love, can sometimes express, and that precisely at a moment when the man would, of course, sooner be glad to fall through the earth than say or express anything with a word or a look." "

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About the Author

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821­–1881) was a Russian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer whose writings had a profound and universal influence on the twentieth-century novel.

About the Narrator

Nick Sullivan has worked extensively on Broadway and throughout the United States. He is an Audie Award and Earphones Award–winning narrator.