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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (37,786 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Mission Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN:
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Prince Myshkin has just returned to Russia after several years in a Swiss sanitarium and soon finds himself in a complicated love triangle. Myshkin's honesty, goodness, and integrity are shown to be unequal to the moral emptiness of those around him.

This new abridgement was completed exclusively for Mission Books by Russian Studies scholar Thomas Beyer to keep the important religious themes of the novel intact. This edition of The Idiot 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Iacovetti | 1/19/2014

    " Just a tiny bit disappointing compared to some of his other books, but great nevertheless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erik Graff | 1/6/2014

    " I read this for an intercession independent study credit in systematic theology with Tom Driver at Union Theological Seminary in New York. The topic was Dostoevsky's Theology and the reading was done over the winter break. By this time I'd read most of Dostoevsky's best known works. Having found his orthodoxy somewhat offputting, somewhat mysterious, I welcomed the chance to discuss it with someone who might be able to afford some insight. Unfortunately, Tom wasn't up to it or I was too stupid. In any case, I didn't get much out of meeting with him and I certainly didn't get much out of reading The Idiot. It was supposed to be funny, but while the heavy-handed satire was obvious enough, it didn't tickle me at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckinley | 1/1/2014

    " Listened to an abridged version and I think while it might have covered the highlights, it missed out on a lot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 12/12/2013

    " long stretches of painfully dull and seemingly pointless developments interspersed with occasional bursts of WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED, HOLY SHIT NATASYA FILIPOVNA, OH NO YOU DIDN'T, your characterisation is annoying and sexist but I still kind of wish you could be on the page all the time. to be honest I'm pretty sure I failed to get the point of this book in any real way and that it just wasn't written for me; the Big Questions it dealt with are not ones that preoccupy me. but there were passages that made it more or less worthwhile; I'm glad I finished because the last 100 pages or so were CRAZY. I particularly enjoyed that one minor character who ripped into the Prince for being so detachedly "good" that he was more interested in abstracts (like rescuing a fallen woman) than the actual impact of his actions/inactions. I wish more reviewers had something to say about this scene because to me the Prince is a lot more than a tragic naif and a lot more culpable in the eventual fucked-up ending than people give him credit for. there's something really eerily empty and passive about him that I think is core to the character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Farida El-gueretly | 12/8/2013

    " This historical fiction gives you a pretty accurate depiction of Russian society and touches upon very sensitive socio-psychological issues. A great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire McAlpine | 12/7/2013

    " This classic had been on my reading list for a long time as one that was recommended by both our teachers in a creative writing class, who said that in this book we would learn all about character - that Dostoyevsky was a master at character depiction. They were right. It is amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saadia | 12/7/2013

    " Time to read a famous classic. Actually, I thought it would be interesting to read it in French, as i found a copy in french language on the Los Angeles library database. I honestly tried to read it, but within the first 3 pages, i started feeling the dreadfully thick downward drag of boredom. Maybe it is the ponderous and archaic conversation between the characters which I found entirely boring. Maybe it is the subject matter, maybe it was the lack of action and so much analysis of motive, behavior, speech, that just made me yawn. Anyway, I decided that at this point in my life, I needed fluffier, lighter weight stuff and more action. I just could not bear the thought of slogging through this river of mud, so I put it back on a future TR list. Ha! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karol Stosiek | 11/21/2013

    " Seven hundred pages of confusion, intrigues and old Russian "spheres". I find this book very confusing, though somehow I cannot say it wasn't worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sebastian | 11/21/2013

    " In my opinion this is slightly inferior to the other works I read by the author (Crime/Punishment, Brothers) , but still a very great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 4/12/2013

    " I got it, but I didn't enjoy reading the confusing names and back and forth muddled story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyazia | 9/17/2012

    " Probably not my favorite book by Doestovsky but have always been a fan of his writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Velvetink | 4/16/2012

    " just bought daughter this.... a dif ed. can't find it on GR (wordsworth classics)isbn 1853261750 - 1996. So have 2 copies in the house. One for each idiot. ;) joke "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Henderson | 2/6/2012

    " An important book in Dostoevsky's writings. Strange, loose plot, strange, fluid character. Concept of Pure Simpleton. Epileptic influences. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with more than fifty Earphones Awards. He has won the prestigious Audie Awards numerous times and was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.