The Karamazov brothers are as different as mind, body, and spirit. Ivan, an atheist and brooding intellectual; Dmitri, a volatile sensualist and his father's rival for the beautiful Grushenka; and Alexey, driven by unshakeable piety. In their shadow is their rejected half-brother, humiliated into servitude. Together they act to rid themselves of the dissolute Karamazov patriarch. Then, in a single shocking act, the fates of the brothers are inexorably altered.
Delving into debates about God, free will, faith, doubt, and moral responsibility, The Brothers Karamazov is Fyodor Dostoyevsky's profound pioneering masterpiece of psychological realism.
Revised edition: Previously published as The Brothers Karamazov, this edition of The Brothers Karamazov (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
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I carefully picked out the audio version of this book because I knew the Russian names are always an issue. I took a chance on this one even though it had zero reviews because I liked the sample. I'm glad I took the chance. The names were clear and easy to understand. The inflections were perfect. I enjoyed it very much while painting my bedroom. The story? I know it's a classic and at heart its a good book. I just felt it was like listening to someone with dementia veering off the subject into some philosophical rabbit hole ad nauseam.
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- Joey Caster
A novel of repetitive psychopaths
This is my 3rd and final Dostoyevsky book I have read/listen to, I would rather be put through 80+ hours of Chinese water torcher than read another of his works. (At least the Chinese water torcher makes more sense as a good use of my time.)
The reason I put myself through 80+ hours of dreary psychopathic nonsense is because so many people and authors that I admire and respect consider Dostoyevsky as one of the greatest authors in history.
All I can say is that all the characters in his story’s obviously suffer from narcissistic, psychological and histrionic personality disorders. All the characters in all his books have one way oratorical rants that no rational listener would sit silently for soooo long and listening to uninterrupted. It’s as if these crazy people are perpetually saying their inner dialogues out loud in VERY uncomfortable, nonsensical and repetitive ways.
All I can say is I feel like the reason so many people say such good things about Dostoyevsky because they are ashamed to have wasted so many hours of their lives in vein reading him. (Don’t join this shame filled club)
So yes. I don’t care for his book.
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