The Permanent Husband


Read by Lee Smalley

(4.6 stars; 51 reviews)

THE PERMANENT HUSBAND, also published as The Eternal Husband, is a psychological novella by the acclaimed Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The plot revolves around the intense and complex relationship between Velchaninov and Trusotsky. Velchaninov, the protagonist, is a former lover of the recently deceased wife of Trusotsky, the title character.
Some critics have ranked this novella among Dostoeyevsky’s best works because of its style and structure. Alfred Bem has called it "one of the most complete works by Dostoyevsky in regards to its composition and development. – Adapted from Wikipedia
An excellent commentary may be found here. (Lee Smalley) (5 hr 20 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 14:03 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 2 28:30 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 3 21:15 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 4 14:14 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 5 23:30 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 6 16:27 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 7 23:41 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 8 13:18 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 9 17:39 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 10 16:01 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 11 21:26 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 12 32:16 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 13 17:03 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 14 16:01 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 15 17:45 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 16 17:15 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 17 10:21 Read by Lee Smalley

Reviews

Typical Dostoyevsky


(4 stars)

Yes, this is pretty typical Dostoyevsky - "intense and complex" as the summary says. I find him a bit confusing, and getting into the protagonist's head doesn't clear things up very well. It was a good listen, though, and ***spoiler alert*** I was happy with the ending. So many stories like this don't end as positively as this did. Thank you, Lee!

l loved it


(5 stars)

excellent reader. Dostoyevsky has the ability to analyse human behaviours in a way that pulls the reader in closer and closer to the characters..a technique which is laborious and disconnecting in the hands of many other less skilled writers...How does he do it?

Good Reader


(5 stars)

Another good synopsis of Dostoevsky's writing for anyone wanting to dive into something shorter. Good reader! Very well done. But I might suggest you speed up the pace of this one by selecting a faster reading pace.

one of my favorite readers


(3 stars)

volume and sound was very good. my phone does not normally pick up his recordings. the plot is interesting but the execution lags at the end for me. vengeance is a powerful motive.

Great book really good reading


(5 stars)

Great book. If you want a quintessential Dostoevsky novel that is shorter than than his others I'm not sure this can be beat

A multilayered relationship


(4.5 stars)

Unusual and interesting story. A bit of ironic humor here and there. Very well read. Thank you to the reader Lee Smalley.

good read, strange tale


(4 stars)

first Dostojevski I ever managed to finish. thanks to the good reader.

great book


(5 stars)

I really enjoyed this book. One of my favorites by the master.