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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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