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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (968 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky Narrator: Jim Killavey Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN:
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Although this is a very short book compared to Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamozov, and other works by Dostoevksy,The Eternal Husband is considered by many to be one of Dostoevsky's most perfect works. It displays the full range of Dostoevsky's genius. The novel is a profound exploration of imitative rivalry and the duality of human consciousness.

Told from the point of view of a rich and idle man who is confronted by a rival, the husband of his former, and now deceased, mistress, the story concerns the interchanging hatred and love of the two men. The book has both emotional power and an uncompromising insight into the human condition. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Coleman | 1/15/2014

    " Dostoevsky took some sort of cue from Gogol--they both gravitate toward the pained, obstinate side of the Russian character, as opposed to Tolstoy's robust extroversion--but this nonetheless strikes me as a ferociously original work. Who else in the 19th century was writing like this? Dostoevsky can nail all the social aspects: the contrast between Pavlovich's squalid life and the well-adjusted families that look on helplessly is portrayed perfectly, and the cruelty of the children towards him during a game of hide and seek (a game very prone to cruelty, after all) is one of the greatest scenes I've ever read, completely pitiful. But this mastery didn't satisfy Dostoevsky--what he's really interested in are the undercurrents. And so it is the feverish dreams during those interminable white nights that he keeps coming back to. His people lie awake, wrestle each other behind thick curtains that shut out the light: what a physical book this is, so many grabbed lapels, so much falling down exhausted. (Why, when we read Dostoevsky, do we find so many people sleeping on the couch in their clothes?) Unlike Crime and Punishment this book makes the outcast the secondary figure and focuses on someone who shuttles between both worlds, charming the parlor crowd but afraid he might have more in common with the wretch he's bunking with. If you were to adapt this nearly-150-year-old story to modern times, there's barely anything you would need to change. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 12/2/2013

    " Not exactly my cup of tea, but I still enjoyed it. The masterly interplay of comic and tragic elements makes it an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Moorslool | 10/7/2013

    " More good dostoevsky "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 9/7/2013

    " Excellent! Classic Dostoevsky style. I'd never heard of it until I saw it in the library, but it's very good and apparently has long been a critical acclaimed one of Dosteyfsky. It's got all of the russianness, drinking, feverishness, etc. etc. that you would expect. Rather short so a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 9/1/2013

    " very nice. can't go wrong with dostoyevsky. even the lesser works tower above the majority of literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Filip | 8/26/2013

    " Well... high class society, hatred, mind games, cheating on husbands... Wasn't really sure whether to laugh or to cry! Amazing! Art in letters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia Kurz | 3/8/2013

    " Interesting and engaging. Reminds me of Tolstoy's "Family Happiness," but I may have to admit this was better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 7/14/2012

    " Not one of his better stories, it's downbeat from page 1. How do you care for the daughter of your wife's lover? Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Killian Walsh | 9/1/2011

    " An economically-devised novella masterpiece. Funny, depressing, exciting, and undoubtedly one of Dostoevsky's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 4/15/2009

    " As always an insightful observation into the human condition, and a reminder that other people are just as mad as me! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lavina | 9/30/2008

    " There were so many typos and grammatical errors, I wanted to copyedit it, not read it. "

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About the Author

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821–1881) was a Russian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the darkest recesses of the human heart had a profound and universal influence on the twentieth-century novel. He was born in Moscow, the son of a surgeon. Leaving the study of engineering for literature, he published Poor Folk in 1846. As a member of revolutionary circles in St. Petersburg, he was condemned to death in 1849. A last-minute reprieve sent him to Siberia for hard labor. Returning to St. Petersburg in 1859, he worked as a journalist and completed his masterpiece, Crime and Punishment, as well as other works, including The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov.