Notes From The Underground (version 2)


Read by Bob Neufeld

(4.8 stars; 64 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)

Chapters

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

Reviews

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.

The Narcissist! Well beholden into the liberal agenda.

(5 stars)

Be weary. The guy was probably hairy.

(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.

fantastic!

(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!

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 :)

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.

(5 stars)

although conemporary, this tale is a fair refflection of western society and the human condition. One jaw may dropp at some of the Undeground's man words and actions, yet given the circumstances its no so far fetch that a "man of concience" would act in such way, even an "homme d la nature et de la verité"

(5 stars)

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