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Publisher's Summary

A father's murder sets the stage for a riveting tale of intrigue and passion that also explores profound issues of faith and ethics. This classic novel - considered Dostoevsky's finest work - tells the story of crazed landowner Fyodor Karamazov and his four sons - Dmitry, Ivan, Alyosha, and the illegitimate Smerdyakov. Fyodor's murder sets the stage for a complex tangle of moral and ethical struggles that involve patricide, betrayal, sacrifice, and glory. A profound psychological study and a penetrating analysis of the search for faith, The Brothers Karamazov explores the most fundamental questions of human nature. This excellent new translation conveys the essence of Dostoevsky's original Russian.
Recording (P)1992 by Audio Literature; ©1991 by North Point Press

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"..comes as close to Dostoevsky's Russian as it is possible to reach in another language." (Joseph Frank, Princeton University)

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Great book, horrible audiobook

Huge portions of the book omitted and most names are mispronounced. Really takes away from the story.

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Not great.

I assume Debra Winger mispronounced some of the names incorrectly during initial recording but they had her repeat them later and dubbed over the original recording. It is jarring at times. Also, the abridged version illustrates how difficult it is to cut out parts without losing too much meaning. I would recommend listening to an unabridged version.

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  • TomD
  • 2003-02-11

Disapointing

This is a great book. However, it does not lend itself to an abridged version. Sure, you get the plot, but miss out on all the interesting philosophical sections. Debra Winger narrates the book. Her voice is rather monotonal and this book, a somewhat dark Russian novel filled with mostly male characters, really does not lend itself well to a female narrator. I truly wish an unabridge version was available, with the same narrator that does the unabridged version of Crime and Punishment (available from Audible). I downloaded Crime and Punishment just after listening to Brothers Karamazov and it was much more satisfying (from the standpoint of narrators voice and unabridged).

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  • Plain English
  • 2013-04-05

Don't Buy This

What disappointed you about The Brothers Karamazov?

My goodness, that an actress could read so poorly and her director and editors let it pass is a big disappointment

And, I must have missed that it was an abridged version. Argh! Don't do this with the great classics

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Brothers Karamazov?

I had to stop listening

What didn’t you like about Debra Winger’s performance?

Wooden, mono-stress, one word at a time reading, not honoring comma pauses much less full stops.

Any additional comments?

Get a good reader and do an unabridged version. Thanks

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  • James M. Hohman
  • 2015-06-09

No Grand Inquisitor

Though abridged I'd have thought they would keep the Grand Inquisitor parable but it is missing. Disappointed in Debra Winger's performance which I thought was leaden.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2005-03-22

Very disappointed

This is the most disappointing purchase I've made from Audible. I'd hoped for a lively "refresher" after having read the full novel many years ago. But as others note, the abridgement just doesn't cut it. And the narration is particularly bad, slow and expressionless - puts me to sleep. Please don't let Ms. Winger try this again! There were some breaks where it seemed like the narrator was pausing for a drink of water or something.

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  • Kathy Kuhl
  • 2015-09-07

Too abridged, uneven performance

Eager to hear the 1990 translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, I bought this abridgment. Debra Winger's performance was uneven. There were oddly long pauses, too. This newer translation is a great improvement, very natural. I hope Audible will produce an unabridged version.

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  • zachary
  • 2018-08-07

A better narration for the definitive English translation please

I’m not going to review the book. That would be ridiculous. The narration though deserves mention:

I’ve rarely heard one worse. It was (possibly literally) phoned in. It was lazy and emotionally dead and the narrator seemed not to have read the book before, let alone researched it in any way.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-04-10

Abridged

I wish I had known it was abridged before I got this. Very disappointing. Debra Winger is asked to do a major disservice to this. She succeeds.

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  • lucas cantor
  • 2019-07-01

Get A Different Version

Obviously, It's a great book. It's a classic, the translation is beautiful as all of Pevear and Volokhonsky's translations are. However...

The performance alternates between overacted and totally flat which would be excusable if not for the poor sound quality.

It sounds like it was recorded in a bedroom with a dynamic mic and then EQ'd and compressed within in an inch of its life. The lo-fi "this is audible" mnemonic that precedes all Audible books, sounds better. You'll find yourself checking to see if your audio device is working during the many slightly too long pauses. You'll be jarred by the sloppy edits. This book shouldn't have passed QC. It's drastically worse than any other audible book I've ever downloaded.

That said, it's still a classic if you can get through the performance and recording.

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  • Ursula
  • 2018-09-30

Useless

Only Pevear/Volokhonsky translation available, wish i had seen it was abridged before i bought it. Reading it for a class, so yeah, useless.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-11

Incomplete

I would have loved this audiobook had it actually been the book in it's entirely but a good deal of it was just skipped. At first it just seemed like a few sentences here and there were missed, but then I noticed some of the dialogue didn't make sense because a whole paragraph was missing from the middle of the conversation. This happens throughout the recording and unless you are reading along while listening you won't know what happened in the parts that are skipped. Because of that, this audiobook is practically useless to me.

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