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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Art imitates life in this brilliant psychological study of a compulsive gambler, modeled on Dostoevsky’s own tendencies. Like so many characters in Dostoevsky’s novels, Alexei, a young tutor working in the household of an imperious Russian general, is trying to break through the wall of the established order and the human condition itself, but instead he is drawn into the vortex of the roulette wheel. His intense addiction is accentuated by his affair with the general’s cruel, seductive niece.

With unforgettable characterizations, this novel explores the emotional roller coaster, changing fortunes, tangled love affairs, and complicated lives of the fashionable German gambling set. It is also a stunning psychological portrait.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Simon Prebble makes this tightly constructed Dostoevsky classic his own…Prebble’s performance is supremely well balanced, both sonically and emotionally, and he is a master at catching nuance, inflection, and emphasis on the page and giving them voice.”


  • “Brilliantly captures the strangely powerful compulsion to bet that Dostoevsky, himself a compulsive gambler, knew so well…unforgettable.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “This classic novel is superbly narrated by Simon Prebble in an exceptional performance that includes voices of Frenchmen, Russians, British and Germans—characters young and old, rich and poor, male and female, desperate and content—all created with authenticity and appropriate emotion.”

    SoundCommentary.com (starred review)

  • “For Dostoevsky, it is not the finished man, sculpted by the hand of destiny, who embodies the highest human truth, but the unfinished man, who remains open to what can only ever be freely and unexpectedly given.”

    Richard Peaver, poet and translator

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael | 2/18/2014

    " Excellent. Not as heavy as his other works but entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Daniel Burton-Rose | 2/16/2014

    " The passion and compulsion of Dostoyevsky's protagonists in short form! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Guna | 2/15/2014

    " Loved it! So dynamic, so contemporary, such a vivid description of people getting carried away and not being able to stop (and I couldn't stop reading); I think most people could relate to the book in one way or another - it doesn't have to be gambling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by john boyack | 2/4/2014

    " when life gives you lemons, play roulette and stake zero. "

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