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Publisher's Summary

Prince Lef Nikolayevitch Muishkin is one of the great characters in Russian literature. Is he a saint or just naive, an idealist or, as many in General Yepanchin's society feel, an 'idiot'? Certainly, his return to St. Petersburg after years in a Swiss clinic has a dramatic effect on the beautiful Aglaya, youngest of the Yepanchin daughters and on the charismatic but willful Nastasia Phillipovna. As he paints a vivid picture of Russian society, Dostoyevsky shows how principles conflict with emotions - with tragic results.

©1995 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd. (P)1995 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

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Good but different

This is an excellently written piece but the action and appeal of it is entirely psychological, there is no "action" and its nuances obscure, but if you enjoy a complex, meditative book about people and their emotions, it is supurb.

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They don't write like this anymore.

Absolutely brilliant story with deep relational, societal, and philosophical context. Succint and thorough in revealing the characters and the plot with no unneeded exposition.

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The Idiot

OOOh, very very long and very slow. I gave up once,but being stubborn, I decided to finish the book although it was really quite slower than my commute:). I felt the whole book could been condensed on two disks instead of 20. Crime and Punishment was much much better

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  • Hannah
  • 11-21-09

Fell in love

My absolute favourite book I have bought on this site. I instantly feel in love with Dostoevsky. This beauiful story is brought so evocatively to life by the brilliant, fanstastic and outstanding Michael Sheen. I personally could listen to him for hours and instantly went out and got the crime and punishment he also reads. I recommend this book to absolutely everyone!! It highlights how easily people's lives can be ruined not by other's greed, selfishness or any other vice...but by their innocence. Powerful stuff.

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  • Mr. P. G. Harris
  • 04-16-10

Great tale narrated with passion

This is a book I have been meaning to read for years, so I was pleased to see two versions of it available on Audible. I chose this verson for two reasons - the talented narrator and actor Martin Sheen who brings to sparkling life all of the books characters, I never tired of listening. My second reason was the book and its reputation as among one of the best crafted russian tale - it certainly is a well earned reputation. I wholeheartedly recommend "The Idiot" to you - enjoy.

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  • Stefania Luque
  • 02-22-20

Not the same translation as the book

The narrator doesn’t match with the translation that I have of the book so it’s very complicated to follow. Is it possible to do an exchange for the correct translation!
Thanks in advance for your help.

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  • V. Baev
  • 06-06-17

Exceptional Classic

A gantastic read taken up a notch by phenomenal voice acting of Michael Sheen. Highly recommended.