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The Brothers Karamazov

By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, David McDuff - translator
Narrated by: Luke Thompson
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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin. 

This Penguin Classic is performed by Luke Thompson, best known for his role in the hit Netflix drama Bridgerton. This definitive recording includes an introduction by David McDuff.  

The murder of brutal landowner Fyodor Karamazov changes the lives of his sons irrevocably: Mitya, the sensualist, whose bitter rivalry with his father immediately places him under suspicion for parricide; Ivan, the intellectual, driven to breakdown; the spiritual Alyosha, who tries to heal the family's rifts; and the shadowy figure of their bastard half-brother, Smerdyakov. Dostoyevsky's dark masterwork evokes a world where the lines between innocence and corruption, good and evil, blur and everyone's faith in humanity is tested.

Translated with an introduction and notes by David McDuff.

©2003 David McDuff (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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"The most magnificent novel ever written." (Sigmund Freud)

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Superb masterpiece

The book, translation and especially the actor reading the book - outstanding! I highly recommend it!

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Outstanding performance

This reading, and particular translation, of Dostoyevsky’s greatest novel is quite simply exquisite. If you feel intimidated at the prospect of delving into this 1000 page masterpiece, I highly recommend trying this version, it is quite addictive listening.

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What an amazing listening experience

Such powerful story and characters. Great performance from the reader. Sad 40 hrs listening ended

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A living performance

The narrator's performance was astonishing, and some scenes are like listening to a theatrical performance - so vivid was each character, The heated exchanges in key scenes were bought to life in such an engaging way. Fascinating novel if you share an interest in theology and philosophy.

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Classic

Since I read Crime and Punishment prior to Karamazov Brothers I expected something slightly different but it turned out quite the same as far as the theme goes. Suspense in Crime and Punhsiment in which reader has been held is unparalleled. And that is what makes F.D. one of the greatest writers in history of literature.

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Incredible book

Exceptional in every way!! A beautiful exploration of the human condition. I will tell everyone I know to read it.

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Great narrator for this fantastic book

I really like the performance of Luke Thompson, very impressive , it is a shame cannot find the crime and punishment read by him ( maybe it exists not sure ) . He just manage to capture so well the emotions of various characters . Very impressive

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Great performance of a great book

just wanted to say that Luke Thompson is unbelievable. His performance of the characters is outstanding, and he deserves awards and plaudits. His evocation of Fyodor Karamazov is extremely memorable. He elevates a classic in world literature to even higher heights.

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Unpredictable and Terrifying

This book is a madness :0 good performance and I like the northern accents and polish blokes

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Genius author, narrated brilliantly

Dostotevsky is a genius - how can one person convey the experiences and psychology of such a range of characters in so many utterly true-to-life situations and environment? It's like living through a real, authentic life, or rather set of lives, with some deeply thought-provoking explorations into matters of philosophy, politics, religion, law and social psychology that leave you pondering them after you finish. The narrator is clearly a skilled and wide-ranging actor, who brings the work even more to life. Though I wasn't so sure about his use of regional accents for certain characters. Definitely worth listening to a sticking with right to the end.

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