The Idiot (Part 03 and 04)


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(3.9 stars; 118 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 Nastasia Filippovna: beautiful, capricious and destructively neurotic, she joins with the two weirdly contrasted men in a spiraling dance of death… (Summary by Martin Geeson) (11 hr 34 min)

Chapters

Part III, Chapter 1 35:34 Read by Alia Makki
Part III, Chapter 2 30:03 Read by Alia Makki
Part III, Chapter 3 35:55 Read by Alia Makki
Part III, Chapter 4 33:57 Read by Alia Makki
Part III, Chapter 5 29:14 Read by Alia Makki
Part III, Chapter 6 36:33 Read by Alia Makki
Part III, Chapter 7 31:42 Read by Alia Makki
Part III, Chapter 8 32:14 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Part III, Chapter 9 28:45 Read by Alia Makki
Part III, Chapter 10 16:04 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Part IV, Chapter 1 28:08 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Part IV, Chapter 2 21:21 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Part IV, Chapter 3 27:00 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Part IV, Chapter 4 29:54 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Part IV, Chapter 5 43:53 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Part IV, Chapter 6 37:37 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Part IV, Chapter 7 42:41 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Part IV, Chapter 8 46:27 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Part IV, Chapter 9 30:05 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Part IV, Chapter 10 32:49 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Part IV, Chapter 11 34:00 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Part IV, Chapter 12 10:04 Read by Jan Moorehouse

Reviews

(3 stars)

I thoroughly enjoyed this story from the beginning of book 1 part one and two to the very end of book 2 part three and four. In this reading, I had to force myself to sit through the first reader. She was difficult to listen to but I am grateful to her and all the volunteers who take their personal time to present books to those of us thirsting for the knowledge within. The second reader finalized the reading and made it worth while to struggle through the first reader. She provided a much more entertaining and enjoyable experience. Thank you all for your time and effort.

reading is ok

(2.5 stars)

The reading is quite average by librivox standards. But it comes as a shock after listening to wonderful Martin Geeson for first two parts. But matching upto that level is tough. tip: listen to chapter 1 twice. once to get used to the voice. thanks to her we are able to complete the book atleast.

intriguing story

(4 stars)

Well written, compelling story but reads like a soap opera. I had no idea what the ending would be like and it was a surprise.

(0.5 stars)

The worst reading ever.sorry.i appreciate your effort but this is painful

Not as easy to listen to...

(3 stars)

Parts 1 and 2 are great. The story is intriguing in each chapter and the narration was very good - although Mrs Jepantachin sounded like an angry Mrs Doubtfire near the end. I could not make it very far in Part 3, however. The lady reading has a pleasant enough voice, but very hard to understand, particularly when switching characters. I ended up finding a free audiobook on Kindle, narrated by Johnathan Davis. He is outstanding. I really like how he does the character voices.

Mixed quality of readers, acceptable overall

(4 stars)

The first reader had an uncommon accent and struggled with the pronunciation of several words, as did the second reader to a much lesser degree. Overall this was not nearly as bad as some other free books here. I would recommend it. Thank you librivox volunteers.

terrible reading

(1 stars)

Parts one and two were amazing. I am trying to enjoy part three but the reader so far is horrible. Pronunciation is off on many names and she even changes from chapter to chapter how she pronounces a name herself. very inconsistent. so dull and monotone it is painful.

nope

(0.5 stars)

The first half (part1/2) is incredibly well read. Then this part was unbearable it’s a real disappointment as I have been unable to get through this and find out how the story ends. I really hope someone else re-records this ad it is it’s impossible to listen to.