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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (37,665 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN:
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Just two years after completing Crime and Punishment, which explored the mind of a murderer, Fyodor Dostoevsky produced another masterpiece: The Idiot. This time the author portrays a truly beautiful soul and one of Dostoevsky's greatest characters---Prince Muishkin, a saintly, Christ-like, yet deeply human figure. The story begins when Muishkin arrives on Russian soil after a stay in a Swiss sanatorium. Scorned by St. Petersburg society as an idiot for his generosity and innocence, the prince finds himself at the center of a struggle between a rich, kept woman and a beautiful, virtuous girl, who both hope to win his affection. Unfortunately, Muishkin's very goodness seems to bring disaster to everyone he meets. The shocking denouement tragically reveals how, in a world obsessed with money, power, and sexual conquest, a sanatorium is the only place for a saint. This version of The Idiot is the translation by Eva Martin.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Grohoļska | 2/9/2014

    " A lot of human psychology in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Homi | 2/1/2014

    " 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 Todd | 1/28/2014

    " Finished the mp3 during the morning commute. Need to digest it a bit before writing something up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jun Moon | 1/25/2014

    " You know that K-drama Goong. Yeah it's exactly like that "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/11/2014

    " I love Dostoyevsky (at least I loved, "The Brothers Karamazov"), but it takes me a long while to get through one of his books. See you in a few weeks with a true rating. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liesl Hathaway | 12/28/2013

    " I must have run out of things to read when I got to this one... it was hard to get through and hard to understand. Plus it was depressing throughout. I don't like Russian works in general. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mom | 11/4/2013

    " Not all Russian lit is bad but this one had "muddled Russian thinking" that made it really hard to find sympathetic characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill PETTIT | 10/16/2013

    " Some how I feel that I dated Nastasya Filippovna. A fascinating book, with a cast of characters that at best can be call human. I loved this book, because when reading it I realized that I was not alone in the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 8/3/2013

    " I love Dostoevsky. The Idiot is a perfect read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew M | 3/29/2013

    " Has a special place in my heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Necla | 10/8/2012

    " some parts of book can be boring but it has a really interesting final i think. but not my favourite Dostoyevsky book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Flora | 2/9/2012

    " I read up to Part III but the story is so depressing that I had to quit. I am not sure if I will continue reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyazia | 11/14/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kasper | 11/12/2011

    " Dostoyevsky nonchalantly whirls together themes and plot, and I was both intellectually stimulated by several deep thoughts and eminently entertained by his extraordinary characters. A fantastic novel, almost as great as 'The Brothers Karamazov'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hunter Marston | 10/27/2011

    " A great one to begin with for those curious about Dostoevsky. What a character. What a novel! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirk Chantraine | 9/14/2011

    " Has it's amazing moments, like really fantastic, but I found its story arch(s) too disjointed to really maintain connection to the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawna | 5/28/2011

    " I get the underlying message about innocence in a worldly environment, but am so glad to be done with this ever rambling book. The dialogue was excruciating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Runnels | 5/17/2011

    " One of the best books I've ever read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 3/25/2011

    " My favorite piece of Russian literature "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David McCormick | 3/10/2011

    " Like the devil from "the Brothers Karamazov" this individual creates chaos and unhappiness while sincerely trying to do good for others. I don't think he's particularly Christ-like, just an all-too-human blunderer - like me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 1/23/2011

    " Reading the translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. Awesome! "

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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.

About the Narrator

Norman Dietz is a writer, voice-over artist, and audiobook narrator. He has won six Earphones Awards and was named one of the fifty “Best Voices of the Century” by AudioFile magazine. He and his late wife Sandra transformed an abandoned ice-cream parlor into a playhouse, which served “the world’s best hot fudge sundaes” before and after performances. The founder of Theatre in the Works, he lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.