The Idiot (Part 01 and 02)


Read by Martin Geeson

(4.7 stars; 156 reviews)

The extraordinary child-adult Prince Myshkin, confined for several years in a Swiss sanatorium suffering from severe epilepsy, returns to Russia to claim his inheritance and to find a place in healthy human society. The teeming St Petersburg community he enters is far from receptive to an innocent like himself, despite some early successes and relentless pursuit by grotesque fortune-hunters. His naive gaucheries give rise to extreme reactions among his new acquaintance, ranging from anguished protectiveness to mockery and contempt. But even before reaching the city, during the memorable train journey that opens the novel, he has encountered the demonic Rogozhin, the son of a wealthy merchant who is in thrall to the equally doomed Natasha Filippovna: beautiful, capricious and destructively neurotic, she joins with the two weirdly contrasted men in a spiralling dance of death... (Summary by Martin Geeson) This project is Part 1 & 2 of the 4 part novel
Parts 3 & 4 of the novel
(15 hr 42 min)

Chapters

Part I, Chapter 1 29:39 Read by Martin Geeson
Part I, Chapter 2 28:46 Read by Martin Geeson
Part I, Chapter 3 35:32 Read by Martin Geeson
Part I, Chapter 4 40:32 Read by Martin Geeson
Part I, Chapter 5 45:33 Read by Martin Geeson
Part I, Chapter 6 28:44 Read by Martin Geeson
Part I, Chapter 7 36:43 Read by Martin Geeson
Part I, Chapter 8 38:08 Read by Martin Geeson
Part I, Chapter 9 23:43 Read by Martin Geeson
Part I, Chapter 10 20:21 Read by Martin Geeson
Part I, Chapter 11 20:17 Read by Martin Geeson
Part I, Chapter 12 31:33 Read by Martin Geeson
Part I, Chapter 13 28:28 Read by Martin Geeson
Part I, Chapter 14 29:29 Read by Martin Geeson
Part I, Chapter 15 27:36 Read by Martin Geeson
Part I, Chapter 16 36:57 Read by Martin Geeson
Part II, Chapter 1 29:00 Read by Martin Geeson
Part II, Chapter 2 41:31 Read by Martin Geeson
Part II, Chapter 3 42:59 Read by Martin Geeson
Part II, Chapter 4 16:51 Read by Martin Geeson
Part II, Chapter 5 40:34 Read by Martin Geeson
Part II, Chapter 6 41:29 Read by Martin Geeson
Part II, Chapter 7 28:00 Read by Martin Geeson
Part II, Chapter 8 54:04 Read by Martin Geeson
Part II, Chapter 9 37:59 Read by Martin Geeson
Part II, Chapter 10 43:55 Read by Martin Geeson
Part II, Chapter 11 43:10 Read by Martin Geeson
Part II, Chapter 12 20:53 Read by Martin Geeson

Reviews

(5 stars)

I just love Dostoyevsky and am a huge fan of Martin Geeson's superb readings (definitely worth a librivox search on his name as ALL his readings are glorious and a joy to listen to). In many ways The Idiot can seem like one of Dostoyevsky's easier and more penetrable books but it has a number of levels which one can choose whether or not to interpret. In all, this is a great introduction to not only Dostoyevsky but also to the other Russian writers of this period. Thank you Martin for another truly splendid reading.

Will this be finished?

(5 stars)

Great reading, but will there be more parts to this book? I've never read (listened) to any Dostoyevsky books before but this one has held my interest. Hopefully Mr. Geeson will continue, as I have thus far enjoyed listening to his interpretation. But it is time consuming for one person to do so much so perhaps others would be willing as well? Thanks for the recording!

Excellent version of one of my favorite books!

(5 stars)

great narrator! but where's the rest?

superb reading

(5 stars)

Great recording. Such a pleasure to listen to.

(5 stars)

I have yet to listen to parts 3 and 4 but this recording was superb (as expected from Martin Geeson) which helped keep my interest in the book. I haven't listened to the final chapters because I selfishly wish Mr. Geeson would have done the whole recording. I don't want to hear anyone else as I doubt I will enjoy it as much. I'll perhaps have to read it silently to myself which isn't really a better alternative.

Excellent narration for an excellent book!

(5 stars)

I could not stop listening! The author's voice is robust yet sensitive to the characters, and contains all the marks of fluency needed for the listener to seamlessly enter into Dostoyevsky's world. Of course, the text itself is a plot of intricacy and innovation which never fails its audience. The Idiot contains lots of surprises, along with creative literary methods for exposing universal truths. Classic Dostoyevsky at his finest

Lovely!

(4 stars)

This was my first LibriVox audiobook and I really enjoyed Martin’s reading of it. Good pronunciation of the Russian names. Good pace though at first I thought it was a little slow then I got used to it. I’m sad to move on to a different reader! Wish I could have finished this novel with Martin.

Self laceration

(5 stars)

I enjoyed The Idiot better than The Brothers Karamazov - is that allowed? Martin Geeson, the primary reader, was truly great. Dostoyevsky sees the shadow of nihilism on his mother Russia and sends in his worthy Prince.