The Brothers Karamazov


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(4.3 stars; 121 reviews)

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)

Chapters

01 - Book 1 Chapter 1 - Fyodor Pavlovitch Karamazov 7:53 Read by Sarah Bean
02 - Book 1 Chapter 2 - He Gets Rid of His Oldest Son 6:54 Read by Sarah Bean
03 - Book 1 Chapter 3 - The Second Marrage And The Second Family 14:25 Read by Sarah Bean
04 - Book 1 Chapter 4 - The Third Son, Alyosha 25:21 Read by Ernst Pattynama
05 - Book 1 Chapter 5 - Elders 19:53 Read by Sarah Bean
06 - Book 2 Chapter 1 - They Arrive at the Monastery 10:41 Read by Sarah Bean
07 - Book 2 Chapter 2 - The Old Buffoon 21:47 Read by Sarah Bean
08 - Book 2 Chapter 3 - Peasant Women Who Have Faith 20:03 Read by Sarah Bean
09 - Book 2 Chapter 4 - A Lady of Little Faith 18:28 Read by Sarah Bean
10 - Book 2 Chapter 5 - So Be it! So Be It! 24:40 Read by Sarah Bean
11 - Book 2 Chapter 6 - Why Is Such a Man Alive? 25:56 Read by Sarah Bean
12 - Book 2 Chapter 7 - A Young Man Bent on a Career 22:13 Read by Sarah Bean
13 - Book 2 Chapter 8 - The Scandalous Scene 21:36 Read by Sarah Bean
14 - Book 3 Chapter 1 - In the Servants' Quarters 13:50 Read by Sarah Bean
15 - Book 3 Chapter 2 - Lizaveta 9:58 Read by Sarah Bean
16 - Book 3 Chapter 3 - Confession of an Ardent Heart - in Verse 20:09 Read by Sarah Bean
17 - Book 3 Chapter 4 - Confession of an Ardent Heart - in Anecdote 20:27 Read by Sarah Bean
18 - Book 3 Chapter 5 - The Confession of a Passionate Heart - 'Heels Up' 17:44 Read by excessory
19 - Book 3 Chapter 6 - Smerdyakov 13:31 Read by Sarah Bean
20 - Book 3 Chapter 7 - The Controversy 14:37 Read by Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
21 - Book 3 Chapter 8 - Over the Brandy 18:32 Read by Sarah Bean
22 - Book 3 Chapter 9 - The Sensualists 14:22 Read by Sarah Bean
23 - Book 3 Chapter 10 - Both Together 30:17 Read by Sarah Bean
24 - Book 3 Chapter 11 - Another Reputation Ruined 20:21 Read by Sarah Bean
25 - Book 4 Chapter 1 - Father Ferapont 25:50 Read by Philippa Brodie
26 - Book 4 Chapter 2 - At His Father's 12:24 Read by Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
27 - Book 4 Chapter 3 - A Meeting with the Schoolboys 14:43 Read by Ted Nugent
28 - Book 4 Chapter 4 - At the Hohlakovs' 14:55 Read by Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
29 - Book 4 Chapter 5 - A Laceration in the Drawing-Room 34:39 Read by Rachel Steely
30 - Book 4 Chapter 6 - A Laceration in the Cottage 22:10 Read by Figura
31 - Book 4 Chapter 7 - And in the Open Air 26:18 Read by Figura
32 - Book 5 Chapter 1 - The Engagement 24:23 Read by AmyG
33 - Book 5 Chapter 2 - Smerdyakov with a Guitar 16:41 Read by Martin Geeson
34 - Book 5 Chapter 3 - The Brothers Make Friends 22:19 Read by AmyG
35 - Book 5 Chapter 4 - Rebellion 36:55 Read by Luc Kordas
36 - Book 5 Chapter 5 - The Grand Inquisitor 59:15 Read by Bob Sherman
37 - Book 5 Chapter 6 - For Awhile a Very Obscure One 26:14 Read by Timothy Pinkham
38 - Book 5 Chapter 7 - 'It's Always Worth While Speaking to a Clever Man' 21:25 Read by Timothy Pinkham
39 - Book 6, Chapter 1 - Father Zossima and His Visitors 41:00 Read by Bob Neufeld
40 - Book 6 Chapter 2 - The Duel 56:05 Read by Bob Neufeld
41 - Book 6 Chapter 3 - Conversations and Exhortations of Father Zossima 43:01 Read by Martin Geeson
42 - Book 7 Chapter 1 - The Breath of Corruption 34:04 Read by TriciaG
43 - Book 7 Chapter 2 - A Critical Moment 16:02 Read by Savagela
44 - Book 7 Chapter 3 - An Onion 45:16 Read by rjhargrav
45 - Book 7 Chapter 4 - Cana of Galilee 11:54 Read by Cate Mackenzie
46 - Book 8 Chapter 1 - Kuzma Samsonov 32:08 Read by Martin Geeson
47 - Book 8 Chapter 2 - Lyagavy 17:58 Read by Julie Bynum
48 - Book 8 Chapter 3 - Gold-Mines 28:36 Read by Julie Bynum
49 - Book 8 Chapter 4 - In the Dark 14:24 Read by Julie Bynum
50 - Book 8 Chapter 5 - A Sudden Resolution 35:42 Read by Anna Simon
51 - Book 8 Chapter 6 - 'I Am Coming, too!' 19:13 Read by Julie Bynum
52 - Book 8 Chapter 7 - The First and Rightful Lover 43:35 Read by perpetualdreamworld
53 - Book 8 Chapter 8 - Delirium 33:08 Read by Ashley Candland
54 - Book 9 Chapter 1 - The Beginning of Perhotin's Official Career 15:46 Read by Anna Simon
55 - Book 9 Chapter 2 - The Alarm 18:34 Read by Martin Geeson
56 - Book 9 Chapter 3 - The Sufferings of a Soul, the First Ordeal 21:18 Read by Bob Sherman
57 - Book 9 Chapter 4 - The Second Ordeal 20:48 Read by Nikki Sullivan
58 - Book 9 Chapter 5 - The Third Ordeal 30:33 Read by Martin Geeson
59 - Book 9 Chapter 6 - The Prosecutor Catches Mitya 17:53 Read by writerboyontour
60 - Book 9 Chapter 7 - Mitya's Great Secret. Received with Hisses 25:01 Read by writerboyontour
61 - Book 9 Chapter 8 - The Evidences of the Witnesses. The Babe 23:16 Read by Ashley Candland
62 - Book 9 Chapter 9 - They Carry Mitya Away 10:16 Read by Glenn Simonsen
63 - Book 10 Chapter 1 - Kolya Krassotkin 13:14 Read by Anna Simon
64 - Book 10 Chapter 2 - Children 13:53 Read by Anna Simon
65 - Book 10 Chapter 3 - The Schoolboy 17:06 Read by Anna Simon
66 - Book 10 Chapter 4 - The Lost Dog 17:38 Read by Anna Simon
67 - Book 10 Chapter 5 - By Ilusha's Bedside 38:50 Read by Anna Simon
68 - Book 10 Chapter 6 - Precocity 16:22 Read by Anna Simon
69 - Book 10 Chapter 7 - Ilusha 9:15 Read by Anna Simon
70 - Book 11 Chapter 1 - At Grushenka's 26:14 Read by Katie Riley
71 - Book 11 Chapter 2 - The Injured Foot 28:39 Read by Katie Riley
72 - Book 11 Chapter 3 - A Little Demon 17:51 Read by Luc Kordas
73 - Book 11 Chapter 4 - A Hymn and a Secret 35:13 Read by Bob Sherman
74 - Book 11 Chapter 5 - Not You, Not You! 21:07 Read by Ted Nugent
75 - Book 11 Chapter 6 - The First Interview with Smerdyakov 26:57 Read by Martin Geeson
76 - Book 11 Chapter 7 - The Second Visit to Smerdyakov 25:46 Read by Martin Geeson
77 - Book 11 Chapter 8 - The Third and Last Interview with Smerdyakov 40:54 Read by Martin Geeson
78 - Book 11 Chapter 9 - The Devil. Ivan's Nightmare 53:47 Read by Martin Geeson
79 - Book 11 Chapter 10 - 'It Was He Who Said That' 15:55 Read by Martin Geeson
80 - Book 12 Chapter 1 - The Fatal Day 21:25 Read by Jc Guan
81 - Book 12 Chapter 2 - Dangerous Witnesses 27:52 Read by Jc Guan
82 - Book 12 Chapter 3 - The Medical Experts and a Pound of Nuts 17:18 Read by Jc Guan
83 - Book 12 Chapter 4 - Fortune Smiles on Mitya 28:50 Read by Jc Guan
84 - Book 12 Chapter 5 - A Sudden Catastrophe 29:55 Read by Jc Guan
85 - Book 12 Chapter 6 - The Prosecutor's Speech. Sketches of Character 32:43 Read by Jc Guan
86 - Book 12 Chapter 7 - An Historical Survey 15:31 Read by Jc Guan
87 - Book 12 Chapter 8 - A Treatise on Smerdyakov 30:13 Read by Jc Guan
88 - Book 12 Chapter 9 - The Galloping Troika. The End of the Prosecutor's Speec… 36:06 Read by Jc Guan
89 - Book 12 Chapter 10 - The Speech for the Defence. An Argument that Cuts Both… 14:06 Read by Jc Guan
90 - Book 12 Chapter 11 - There Was No Money. There Was No Robbery 22:11 Read by Jc Guan
91 - Book 12 Chapter 12 - And There Was No Murder Either 27:58 Read by Jc Guan
92 - Book 12 Chapter 13 - A Corrupter of Thought 26:53 Read by Jc Guan
93 - Book 12 Chapter 14 - The Peasants Stand Firm 21:16 Read by Jc Guan
94 - Epilogue Chapter 1 - Plans for Mitya's Escape 13:30 Read by Glenn Simonsen
95 - Epilogue Chapter 2 - For a Moment the Lie Becomes Truth 21:09 Read by Nikki Sullivan
96 - Epilogue Chapter 3 - Ilusha's Funeral. The Speech at the Stone 22:20 Read by AmyG
94 - Epilogue Chapter 1 - Plans for Mitya's Escape 13:30
95 - Epilogue Chapter 2 - For a Moment the Lie Becomes Truth 21:08
96 - Epilogue Chapter 3 - Ilusha's Funeral. The Speech at the Stone 22:20

Reviews

Good Reading, Great Story

(5 stars)

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).

(5 stars)

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.

Time Edit

(5 stars)

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.

(4 stars)

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.

(3 stars)

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...

(3 stars)

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

(5 stars)

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

(5 stars)

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.