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Completed six years after Dostoyevsky's own term as a convict, The House of the Dead is a semi-autobiographical account of life in a Siberian prison camp, and the physical and mental effects it has on those who are sentenced to inhabit it. 

Alexandr Petrovitch Goryanchikov, a gentleman of the noble class, has been condemned to 10 years of hard labor for murdering his wife. He is little prepared for the cruel conditions and punishing temperatures, and struggles to integrate with the other prisoners, who claw for their sanity. Fettered, hungry and isolated, Alexandr Petrovitch must find faith and hope if he is to make his way out alive, and resurrect himself from the "dead house".

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Not as grim as you might imagine!

An episodic meander through the 19C Russian penal system. Surprisingly 'readable', undoubtedly made more so by the ever reliable clarity of Nicholas Boulton's narration.

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  • T R Barrett
  • 12-05-20

This was FAR better than what I was expecting!

With the exception of the first chapter, this book is a memoir of a protagonist life in a Siberian prison camp. However, written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and narrated by Nicholas Boulton (My absolute favorite Narrator of Russian Literature), this "memoir" comes to life to perfectly portray the life of convicts during those times.

There is nothing extraordinary about this novel and even perhaps the most uneventful book written by Dostoyevsky, but I still found myself enjoying each moment of the 12 hours.

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  • Calemos
  • 04-01-22

most accessible dostoevsky book.

Great book. if your looking for an accessible book by dostoevsky that you can casually listen to and enjoy this is it. probably the best place to start with dostoevsky is here. I don't reccomend very many dostoevsky audiobooks because it's just so pointless to even try listening to these books unless you are familiar with the text beforehand, but this one is different and can be thoroughly enjoyed while driving down the road. highly recommend. great narrator also.

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  • Guillermo Rodriguez
  • 01-07-21

Weird accents

Good narration but the reader doing British and Scottish accents for the Prisoners is odd