The Idiot [Blackstone]

  • by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Narrated by Robert Whitfield
  • 22 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Despite the harsh circumstances besetting his own life - abject poverty, incessant gambling, and the death of his firstborn child - Dostoevsky produced a second masterpiece, The Idiot, just two years after completing Crime and Punishment. In it, a saintly man, Prince Myshkin, is thrust into the heart of a society more concerned with wealth, power, and sexual conquest than the ideals of Christianity. Myshkin soon finds himself at the center of a violent love triangle in which a notorious woman and a beautiful young girl become rivals for his affections. Extortion, scandal, and murder follow, testing the wreckage left by human misery to find "man in man."

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What the Critics Say

"Nothing is outside Dostoevsky's province.... Out of Shakespeare there is no more exciting reading." (Virginia Woolf)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

tremendous but a bit difficult to follow

the characters develop slowly, keeping up with the names is a bit difficult, but the story is a masterpiece.
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- osama

Not the best

I'm new to this. Why the silly voices Mr narrator? most off-putting. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if I'd read it.
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- Sam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-09-2003
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.