The Brothers Karamazov
The Brothers Karamazov (Russian: Братья Карамазовы) is the final novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, and is generally considered the culmination of his life's work. The book portrays a parricide in which each of a murdered man's sons share a varying degree of complicity. The Brothers Karamazov is a passionate philosophical novel that explores deep into the ethical debates of God, free will, and morality. It is a spiritual drama of moral struggles concerning faith, doubt, reason, and modern Russia. Since its publication, it has been acclaimed all over the world by thinkers as diverse as Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, and Pope Benedict XVI as one of the supreme achievements in literature. (Summary by Wikipedia)(37 hr 55 min)
This book is the perfect Russian novel. Long, complicated and full of characters who have several different names each. But also full of all of the facets of human nature and modern civilization. Life, death, good, evil, religion, politics... Its all there. The rradrrs were good, a few had difficulty with pronunciation and one man talked unbearably slowly and flatly but that was only maybr an hour out of the 75 or so.
13 hours is way off, but so is the 48 hour guess. The entirety of the book is just over 75 hours. The book is amazing; however, and it is well worth the time.
Good book. Mostly good readers.
The time listed as 13 hours is way off. It must be closer to 48 hours. An extremely long read. One has to be dedicated to get through it. On the other hand Dostoevsky does a good job holding the intrigue. Many great readers. Amongst the best are Anna Simon, chapter 50 and Timothy Pinkham, chapters 37-38.
Good book, but find a different version.
Dostoyevsky's insight into the human condition is humbling. You will be able to identify with the characters, because you have thought their thoughts a thousand times. it just goes to show how time and culture may pass but the human condition remains the same. I have to say however, that some of these readers are terrible, and significantly detract from the beauty of this book with their readings. I hope that there is another, better entity put forth soon.
Great content but...
This book is brilliant. Dostoevsky has the delightful power of being able to pierce into the human psyche. Let me warn you though. A few readers are so bad that it's just painful to hear them narrate. J C Guan pronounces 't' and 'k' as 'ch'. N she reads the final chapters that one just cannot miss. Do yourself a favor n buy the book. You've been warned. Otherwise it's a great work of art.
Remarkable creation amongst novels
Robert from Poland
If you had not had a chance before to read Brothers Karamazov, do not think about any other novel you can listen thanks to Librivox' volunteers but pick this one. You will be amazed how detailed, modern, scientific and well written this novel is. I would also say that volunteers whih had read this book had done their job nicely and most of them help i embarking on a journey down through man's conciousness and subconciousness whih could be so vividly observed in this Dostoyevsky magnificent work.
You have to meet the Brothers
This book is by far one of the best I have read in my entire life. Dostoyevsky is a master storyteller and his characters are so sensational and real to life that you the reader wish you could meet them and hold conversation with them. A true masterpiece.
Good Reading, Great Story
This story has been way down on my 'bucket list' for 40 years, but never rising up with any urgency. So I am grateful and delighted to discover this well done reading of the Brothers Karamazov which has opened up the complexity and humanness of this novel to me. It reminds me of reading Dr. Zhivago years ago, both books breakthrough to grab the reader no matter what country you come from. And what characters! The large download count is a clue to how good this reading is, just surprised that no one has bothered to come back and review it. (I'm only 1/4 of the way into the book so maybe the readers are not as good further on, I promise to come back and report).