The Brothers Karamazov (version 3)


Read by Bruce Pirie

(4.9 stars; 13 reviews)

Originally published in serial form in 1879-80, “The Brothers Karamazov” is recognized as one of the very greatest masterpieces of world literature. It is the last and finest novel of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, who died before writing a planned sequel. The story is organized initially around the efforts of adult sons to deal with their cantankerous and exasperating father. More important, they also have to deal with the problem of how to live in a world where it is difficult to be sure of the truth — whether that be “truth” about others, about oneself, or about deep questions such as faith, doubt, free will, guilt, and responsibility. Dostoyevsky’s technique underlines the difficulty of attaining sure knowledge. The novel’s psychological and philosophical depth sets the stage for modern novelists such as Joyce, Kafka, and Woolf. “The Brothers Karamazov” has been a favorite book for readers as diverse as Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Putin, and Hillary Clinton. - Summary by Bruce Pirie (39 hr 37 min)

Chapters

01.01 Fyodor Pavlovitch Karamazov 9:39 Read by Bruce Pirie
01.02 He gets rid of his oldest son 8:55 Read by Bruce Pirie
01.03 The second marriage and the second family 17:54 Read by Bruce Pirie
01.04 The third son, Alyosha 24:14 Read by Bruce Pirie
01.05 Elders 25:27 Read by Bruce Pirie
02.01 They arrive at the monastery 12:59 Read by Bruce Pirie
02.02 The old buffoon 24:35 Read by Bruce Pirie
02.03 Peasant women who have faith 22:11 Read by Bruce Pirie
02.04 A lady of little faith 20:46 Read by Bruce Pirie
02.05 So be it! So be it! 27:19 Read by Bruce Pirie
02.06 Why is such a man alive? 27:04 Read by Bruce Pirie
02.07 A young man bent on a career 24:06 Read by Bruce Pirie
02.08 The scandalous scene 24:50 Read by Bruce Pirie
03.01 In the servants' quarters 15:57 Read by Bruce Pirie
03.02 Lizaveta 11:10 Read by Bruce Pirie
03.03 The confession of a passionate heart — in verse 22:15 Read by Bruce Pirie
03.04 The confession of a passionate heart — in anecdote 21:56 Read by Bruce Pirie
03.05 The confession of a passionate heart — ''Heels up'' 22:42 Read by Bruce Pirie
03.06 Smerdyakov 15:04 Read by Bruce Pirie
03.07 The controversy 14:51 Read by Bruce Pirie
03.08 Over the brandy 20:06 Read by Bruce Pirie
03.09 The sensualists 14:39 Read by Bruce Pirie
03.10 Both together 32:04 Read by Bruce Pirie
03.11 Another reputation ruined 21:57 Read by Bruce Pirie
04.01 Father Ferapont 28:23 Read by Bruce Pirie
04.02 At his father's 12:54 Read by Bruce Pirie
04.03 A meeting with the schooboys 12:28 Read by Bruce Pirie
04.04 At the Hohlakovs' 15:06 Read by Bruce Pirie
04.05 A laceration in the drawing-room 30:02 Read by Bruce Pirie
04.06 A laceration in the cottage 21:31 Read by Bruce Pirie
04.07 And in the open air 26:37 Read by Bruce Pirie
05.01 The engagement 28:34 Read by Bruce Pirie
05.02 Smerdyakov with a guitar 16:36 Read by Bruce Pirie
05.03 The bothers make friends 25:38 Read by Bruce Pirie
05.04 Rebellion 33:40 Read by Bruce Pirie
05.05 The Grand Inquisitor 59:16 Read by Bruce Pirie
05.06 For awhile a very obscure one 29:52 Read by Bruce Pirie
05.07 ''It's always worth while speaking to a clever man'' 22:46 Read by Bruce Pirie
06.01 Father Zossima and his visitors 42:21 Read by Bruce Pirie
06.02 The duel 59:19 Read by Bruce Pirie
06.03 Conversations and exhortations of Father Zossima 42:24 Read by Bruce Pirie
07.01 The breath of corruption 36:19 Read by Bruce Pirie
07.02 A critical moment 17:08 Read by Bruce Pirie
07.03 An onion 50:19 Read by Bruce Pirie
07.04 Cana of Galilee 14:53 Read by Bruce Pirie
08.01 Kuzma Samsonov 33:20 Read by Bruce Pirie
08.02 Lyagavy 20:01 Read by Bruce Pirie
08.03 Gold-mines 33:25 Read by Bruce Pirie
08.04 In the dark 16:03 Read by Bruce Pirie
08.05 A sudden resolution 40:11 Read by Bruce Pirie
08.06 ''I am coming, too!'' 21:12 Read by Bruce Pirie
08.07 The first and rightful lover 44:59 Read by Bruce Pirie
08.08 Delirium 36:34 Read by Bruce Pirie
09.01 The beginning of Perhotin's official career 18:33 Read by Bruce Pirie
09.02 The alarm 18:48 Read by Bruce Pirie
09.03 The sufferings of a soul, the first ordeal 24:22 Read by Bruce Pirie
09.04 The second ordeal 19:55 Read by Bruce Pirie
09.05 The third ordeal 29:12 Read by Bruce Pirie
09.06 The prosecutor catches Mitya 21:51 Read by Bruce Pirie
09.07 Mitya's great secret. Received with hisses 30:48 Read by Bruce Pirie
09.08 The evidence of the witnesses. The babe 27:23 Read by Bruce Pirie
09.09 They carry Mitya away 10:47 Read by Bruce Pirie
10.01 Kolya Krassotkin 15:12 Read by Bruce Pirie
10.02 Children 15:27 Read by Bruce Pirie
10.03 The schoolboy 20:15 Read by Bruce Pirie
10.04 The lost dog 20:50 Read by Bruce Pirie
10.05 By Ilusha's bedside 43:47 Read by Bruce Pirie
10.06 Precocity 18:53 Read by Bruce Pirie
10.07 Ilusha 10:46 Read by Bruce Pirie
11.01 At Grushenka's 26:20 Read by Bruce Pirie
11.02 The injured foot 27:49 Read by Bruce Pirie
11.03 A little demon 17:08 Read by Bruce Pirie
11.04 A hymn and a secret 38:36 Read by Bruce Pirie
11.05 Not you, not you! 16:06 Read by Bruce Pirie
11.06 The first interview with Smerdyakov 28:24 Read by Bruce Pirie
11.07 The second visit to Smeryakov 27:21 Read by Bruce Pirie
11.08 The third and last interview with Smerdyakov 42:47 Read by Bruce Pirie
11.09 The devil. Ivan's nightmare 55:38 Read by Bruce Pirie
11.10 ''It was he who said that'' 15:41 Read by Bruce Pirie
12.01 The fatal day 19:33 Read by Bruce Pirie
12.02 Dangerous witnesses 26:23 Read by Bruce Pirie
12.03 The medical experts and a pound of nuts 15:58 Read by Bruce Pirie
12.04 Fortune smiles on Mitya 26:57 Read by Bruce Pirie
12.05 A sudden catastrophe 27:58 Read by Bruce Pirie
12.06 The prosecutor's speech. Sketches of character 28:48 Read by Bruce Pirie
12.07 An historical survey 13:58 Read by Bruce Pirie
12.08 A treatise on Smerdyakov 27:49 Read by Bruce Pirie
12.09 The galloping troika. The end of the prosecutor's speech 32:02 Read by Bruce Pirie
12.10 The speech for the defense. An argument that cuts both ways 11:57 Read by Bruce Pirie
12.11 There was no money. There was no robbery 19:03 Read by Bruce Pirie
12.12 And there was no murder either 24:23 Read by Bruce Pirie
12.13 A corrupter of thought 23:39 Read by Bruce Pirie
12.14 The peasants stand firm 18:18 Read by Bruce Pirie
Ep.1 Plans for Mitya's escape 14:46 Read by Bruce Pirie
Ep.2 For a moment the lie becomes truth 21:30 Read by Bruce Pirie
Ep.3 Ilusha's funeral. The speech at the stone 27:38 Read by Bruce Pirie

Reviews

A must read

(5 stars)

I find it hard to believe that I am the first person to review this outstanding literary work. There clearly was meant to be a follow up, but sadly Mr. Dostoyevsky died before that came to pass. Mr. Pirie, the narrator, is one of the best I have listened to. Thanks to all that made this possible, JK.

Excellent!

(5 stars)

I'm surprised this version has so few comments. I hope people listen to this one instead of the one with various volunteer readers. This version is wonderful, consistent, and is definitely alleviating the headache I got from trying to get through version 1.

(5 stars)

Great book! And great narrator too!