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Notes from the Underground

By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
Narrated by: Daniel Dorse
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Summary

Notes from the Underground is an 1864 novella by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Notes is considered by many to be one of the first existentialist novels. 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. The second part of the book is called "Apropos of the Wet Snow" and describes certain events that appear to be destroying and sometimes renewing the Underground Man, who acts as a first-person unreliable narrator and antihero.

Public Domain (P)2018 Bassett Publishing

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  • Tristan
  • 05-08-18

Bizarre but also Intrigueing.

A interesting glimpse into human psychology and philosophy. There is also a short autobiography about Dostoyevsky's life. Glad the narrator was Daniel Dorse, the deep voice relateable to something like David Attenborough without the ascent fit the Bizarre scenes and the wise and yet clumsy character Dostoyevsky seemed to be. Overall a good book. I may listen to it a 2nd time before being done with it.

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  • Christian
  • 17-06-18

A joy to listen to....

First of all, in my view, the voice of Daniel Dorse is spot on and perfect for this kind of book. It is so impressive how he narrates the background story and thoughts of the sick protagonist in the book.

To be honest, I cannot really put my finger on why I like the audiobook so much. Please find out for yourself and you probably won't be disappointed.

The narrative structure of the book is exceptional I think. The first part is really just one long train of fascinating thoughts - and part two is a more-easy-to-follow first person account.

I liked the book a lot. Recommended :-)

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-12-21

To whoever is looking...

To whoever is looking for that window into the soul, you have found it, this is your window.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-21

Perfect

Daniels narration was cynical and haunting. Perfect for this novel. Perfect tone and voice for this book.

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  • Laura C
  • 27-10-20

The voice! of the Underground Man

Almost a theatrical monologue, a beautiful listenable resonant voice, yet full of all the spite and anxiety of the main character.

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  • John
  • 30-08-20

Great book, Should have Read It Earlier

Made my eyes water, and instilled an all encompassing sense of numb at the same time. I really liked the movie Taxi Driver, and this book has really similar themes.

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  • Skinny and Muscular
  • 06-04-20

Overhyped

Disappointing. I'd been told his work was meaningful or Philosophical, but this one is just a spiteful man's attacks towards people with 5 minutes of meaning thrown in at the very end. Depressing narrative and the end doesn't make up for it.

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  • Aaron Winfree
  • 06-12-18

Masochistic and neurotic

This is a book I picked up years ago trying to finish an excerpt from a class. Alas I never finished the hard copy. So this is my recompencease. The narrator's voice adds to the feeling of the story. Dark, depressing, and masochistic. The soothing melancholy and narcissism comes through well. The story is confusing to me as what it's purpose is. Maybe I would enjoy it more tied up dressed up as "the gimp" from "Pulp Fiction". tldr if you're into BDSM this is a story for. Still, surprisingly entertaining.