Notes From The Underground (version 2)

Read by Bob Neufeld

(4.8 stars; 137 reviews)

Notes from Underground is an 1864 novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Notes is considered by many to be the first existentialist novel. It presents itself as an excerpt from the rambling memoirs of a bitter, isolated, unnamed narrator (generally referred to by critics as the Underground Man) who is a retired civil servant living in St. Petersburg. The first part of the story is told in monologue form, or the underground man's diary, and attacks emerging Western philosophy, especially Nikolay Chernyshevsky's What Is to Be Done?. The second part of the book is called "Ă€propos of the Wet Snow," and describes certain events that, it seems, are destroying and sometimes renewing the underground man, who acts as a first person, unreliable narrator. (Summary by Wikipedia) (5 hr 4 min)


Underground - Part 1 44:32 Read by Bob Neufeld
Underground - Part 2 48:31 Read by Bob Neufeld
A Propos of the Wet Snow - Part 1 45:11 Read by Bob Neufeld
A Propos of the Wet Snow - Part 2 1:02:25 Read by Bob Neufeld
A Propos of the Wet Snow - Part 3 44:46 Read by Bob Neufeld
A Propos of the Wet Snow - Part 4 59:26 Read by Bob Neufeld


Very clear recording

(4.5 stars)

This is a very clear recording. However, Dostoyevsky put the office to shame of awkward moments, making it difficult to go on with at times.

Note from the Underground

(5 stars)

Like another reviewer, I was required to read this book as a college student, and I missed its power and primitive beauty. The protagonist is an insufferable man that I would probably eject from my house, but he is perversely self-defeating—sometimes like myself and others. He is incapable of making himself happy despite his wretched condition, his alienation, and his sense of anomie. I remember feeling, “he is wasting his life!” I too have felt this way on many occasions. What a book! Dostoevsky seemed to anticipate the modern world!

Fun, witty, honest, insightful

(5 stars)

This goes into my list of must read classics. The insight Dostoyevsky provides and confesses are witty, insightful and make me painfully aware that I too have similar thoughts and feelings and act can see myself acting no different than him. Spooky, yet fun :)

Good rendering of a difficult work

(5 stars)

Bob Neufeld’s reading render’s the ‘Underground Man’s thought more accessible this time around. Having read ‘Notes’ in college, I knew I missed a lot of Dostoyevsky’s thoughts - little nuggets of insight. This production brings those nuggets to life. Highly recommended.

(5 stars)

Seems like his ideas are still holding up rather well in psychology and sociology. They coincide with works of some of the best known names in both fields. Dostoyevsky's understanding of personal and social struggles withstood the test of time.


(5 stars)

An expose on the dark side of the self. An absolute masterpiece. I am so grateful that such a being as this writer existed to put such truth before humanity. Thank you for this reading!

Way Ahead of Its Time

(5 stars)

The story amazed me with witty, penetrating insight into human conceit. It's something like listening to a stand-up routine for intellectuals. Absolutely perfect reading. Thanks.

Incredible Narration

(5 stars)

By far the best reader I’ve found on here. Absolutely flawless job giving the characters life even through the slower sections of the novella. Bravo.