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3.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 5 3.94 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky Narrator: Michael Sheen Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN:
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Prince Lef Nikolayevitch Muishkin is one of the great characters in Russian literature. Is he a saint or just naive, an idealist or, as many in General Yepanchin's society feel, an 'idiot'? Certainly, his return to St. Petersburg after years in a Swiss clinic has a dramatic effect on the beautiful Aglaya, youngest of the Yepanchin daughters and on the charismatic but willful Nastasia Phillipovna. As he paints a vivid picture of Russian society, Dostoyevsky shows how principles conflict with emotions - with tragic results. 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 Zagadka | 2/13/2014

    " One of my favorite books. Long read for me and I remember putting it down several times when I read it and thinking, "Uh-oh, it's been too long. I won't remember enough and how will I ever get all those names straight again?" Then I'd tell myself to just get in there and do it and every time I did I got sucked right back in. Riveting to the end, I highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noemi | 2/7/2014

    " Myshkin is the Good encarnation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Green Lyons | 1/22/2014

    " incredible. the pity and love i felt for these characters and anger and spite and the completeness of the story is really... russian. i just loved it. and the only way it survived was because it was a hardback- i feel like i would have ripped the thing in two by how much i flipped through pages and went back for quotes and lived in it for a month. im going to miss it. i really really am. "

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

    " Oh, my. I loved this at the beginning, especially because in reading it as an e-book I could bookmark each character as they appeared and make notes of all name variations and who that character was. (Have you ever read a Russian novel????) Then I bogged down. Way down. Finally skimmed through to see how it ended. I have such wonderful memories of reading Crime and Punishment, but either I've changed (likely) or this just isn't as well done (possible.) I dunno. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard Jahelka | 12/29/2013

    " Didn't care for it. Too emotional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madeeha | 12/27/2013

    " i never got bored during the whole read period "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kessa Tyler | 12/17/2013

    " I loved it !!!!! There isn't much to say, except it made you think hard and the way he wrote the book was drawing the reader into every conversation. He is, by far, one of my favorite authors "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 12/12/2013

    " The Everyman's Library edition translated by Pevear and Volokhonsky is the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzie Thomson | 12/3/2013

    " Anything by this writer is worth reading. An exercise of the mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Graham | 11/26/2013

    " Really not my style, in terms of thematic or writing genre, but it was pretty gripping nonetheless. I though it really petered out in the end, though... The characters held my attention with their interesting traits, and by the end all those traits had faded... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Mecham | 11/18/2013

    " Sometimes the book drags a bit, but I enjoy the characterization of "The Idiot". Sometimes the characters act in such a maddening way that you want to somehow make them see the foolishness in what they are doing. Also, the ending is very surprising. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Lee | 8/30/2013

    " Took so long to read/understand this darn Russian book...not that I even come close to understanding it. I would not say that I enjoyed this book, but there were intriguing and deep conversation. I feel as if I need to revisit this novel when I am more "mature". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linh | 8/29/2013

    " Note: I didn't read the Constance Garnett translation, but the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey Larsen | 8/12/2013

    " One of the best books ever written "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allan | 5/17/2013

    " Brilliant! Dostoyevsky does an excellent job of depicting the insane. I swear this book was written about former acquaintances. It truly gave me chills. Incidentally, I tried a couple of translations and the Constance Garnett was heads above the rest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pa | 4/16/2013

    " Its very difficult to review on Russian literature classic, but then Dostoyevsky has its own unique way of plotting and then un-plotting it. A must read for Dostoyevsky fans...I personally think it was a bit better than CnP .... Dostoyevsky is a legend in his own legacy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mediterraneanwidow | 2/7/2013

    " Occasionally witty but couldn't really get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikey | 1/16/2013

    " My first Dostoevsky novel. A little thick at times, but insightful to politics, nationalism and love in the eyes of an 'innocent' idiot. Will definitely delve further into his works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misaki | 6/23/2012

    " I'm not sure if it's just me, but I have the hardest time keeping tabs on all the Russian character names. I had the same problem with Anna Karenina and Count of Monte Cristo.... But I do like the feel of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefania | 5/11/2012

    " This is one of my favorite books "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debi | 10/23/2011

    " Absolutely painful to read. Maybe it's just Russian literature...or it's me. Maybe it's called the idiot because you swear under your breathe "what a bunch of idiots!"... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 5/23/2011

    " So far Dostoyevsky has proved to be one of the most preelant author in my search for a brilliant read. The story in this book has engrossed me almost thouroghly and I havn't been able to stop reading..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Royk | 5/3/2011

    " Entertaining book, don't know what's going to happen next. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet | 4/17/2011

    " Listened to the first three CDs of this book and just completely lost interest! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis | 4/16/2011

    " Amazing. The ending is horrific. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misaki | 4/15/2011

    " I'm not sure if it's just me, but I have the hardest time keeping tabs on all the Russian character names. I had the same problem with Anna Karenina and Count of Monte Cristo.... But I do like the feel of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Homi | 4/7/2011

    " I do not possess a way with words that would allow me to aptly describe the richness of this book and the skill of the author, so I will not try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 4/5/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. There were sections that were very moving. Despite this I am not sure I understood the book as a whole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A | 3/20/2011

    " Very interesting, though slightly disjointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 3/15/2011

    " Why am I always surprised at his endings! Gosh I am incredibly gullible. I always fall for the characters and find myself shocked that it must all end this way, but it's so perfect! Dang it!~ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 3/10/2011

    " Wow, this book is light years ahead of most fiction. The character development, intriguing plot, and ideas on society are some of the best I've read. This book made me sincerely interested in the subject of History, since it is all set in 19th century Russia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daria | 3/9/2011

    " If you want to understand something about Russia and Russian soul, you should read this book... "

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