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4.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 5 4.13 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky Narrator: Robert Whitfield Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2003 ISBN:
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Despite the harsh circumstances besetting his own life - abject poverty, incessant gambling, and the death of his firstborn child - Dostoevsky produced a second masterpiece, The Idiot, just two years after completing Crime and Punishment. In it, a saintly man, Prince Myshkin, is thrust into the heart of a society more concerned with wealth, power, and sexual conquest than the ideals of Christianity. Myshkin soon finds himself at the center of a violent love triangle in which a notorious woman and a beautiful young girl become rivals for his affections. Extortion, scandal, and murder follow, testing the wreckage left by human misery to find man in man. 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 Sara | 2/11/2014

    " An excellent book, as engrossing as it is sad. The overarching theme, that an asylum is perhaps the only place for a good person in this world, is not unique to this work, but Dostoyevsky's exploration of this subject is excellent. Wonderful, complex characters, truly funny interludes, and a pathos at the center of the work make it one of the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Iacovetti | 1/27/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allie | 1/14/2014

    " One of my favorite books of all time! While very heavy and sad, it is such a descriptive and involved book that you get lost in it. Highly recommend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Benton | 1/10/2014

    " Could not put it down :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allan | 12/21/2013

    " 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 Lindsay Proctor | 12/9/2013

    " I found through this book that I prefer Dostoevsky to Tolstoy. More character development and less historical description. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Harris | 12/1/2013

    " It's long and I know heart wrenching at times but so worth it. Push on! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don Gubler | 11/21/2013

    " Good old Russian fiction. Such scope and desperate resignation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 11/18/2013

    " I love this book, written in pre-Soviet Russia, grappling with the various types of characters you would meet, with a Russian world view on the situation "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 11/13/2013

    " This was always the favourite of the Dostoevsky, which possibly doesn't say much for me since I think critically it's not considered up there, but it seems to me to be his most romantic and human book. There is less of the philosophising and more of the personality. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Smaranda Filipciuc | 1/7/2013

    " most of the part boring, wasn't really my type. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathalie | 12/23/2011

    " Well, a classic but still stunning. I just read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tdsz Lr | 8/29/2011

    " I read after watching film which was maked on that book. I liked that it was shown differences between hypocrisis of casual people and sincery of man with mental troubles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Päivi Brink | 1/14/2011

    " Quite religious book, asking moral questions. Dramatic, even hysterical scenes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shiloh | 9/15/2010

    " Dostoyevsky has such tremendous insight. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shakesbear8 | 3/2/2010

    " Extremely hard to follow, characters with wired behaviour and long boring conversation, just not my book, give up after reading half. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 2/12/2009

    " Slow going but some brilliant scenes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pa | 11/23/2008

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Coutz | 12/2/2007

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elina | 11/4/2007

    " I did like the first part of the book, really liked it. But after that it just didn't do the trick, thus the 2 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karl Wiemer | 6/10/2007

    " Amazing on too many levels to get into here, but the prince walks around in me now coloring the way I see the rest of y'all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yeti | 3/17/2005

    " 4.5 stars if I could, not quite Crime & Punishment or Karamazov, nonetheless great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Muhamad | 4/16/2004

    " I think that in each of us there is one idiot like Dostoyevsky's. I admire his portrayal. I admire the range of psychological experiences depicted here from rejection, belonging, diaspora, searching for the self and strikingly disappointment and depression! "

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About the Author

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821­–1881) was a Russian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer whose writings had a profound and universal influence on the twentieth-century novel.