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Notes from the Underground

Written by: Fyodor Dostoevsky
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins

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A predecessor to such monumental works such as Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, Notes From Underground represents a turning point in Dostoyevsky's writing towards the more political side.

In this work, we follow the unnamed narrator of the story, who, disillusioned by the oppression and corruption of the society in which he lives, withdraws from that society into the underground. A dark and politically charged novel, Notes From Underground is Dostoyevsky at his best.

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  • emil
  • 05-09-18

wow that was pretty darn good.

loved it. it is now one of my all time favorites. The narrator also is top class.

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  • Robert
  • 28-03-18

Not what I was expecting but not in a bad way

Found it quite different to his other work, which is supposed to be the point I think. Can't say I enjoyed it as much as Crime and Punishment or The Brothers Karamazov, but it was clever, uncomfortable and thought provoking. Mercifully short.

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  • Mr Henry
  • 07-04-17

Mesmerising and ghastly - in a good way

Wow. Dostoevsky can paint a bleak picture of humanity. And here he's less wordy than his other more massive works. A brilliant introduction to this most psychological of authors.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-05-19

A short classic from one of the greatest authors

Thoroughly enjoyed the heavy topic and the existential dread discussed. The works of Dostoevsky will never seize to be considered nothing short of continuous masterpieces. A struggled mind depicted in such few pages requires abnormal literary skills which Dostoevsky certainly possesses. 10/10

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  • zeno paradox
  • 08-04-19

Excellent narration!

Highly Recommended Classic!
- Funny at times but that's mainly due to the excellent narration!!

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  • Elijah Kardia
  • 20-01-19

Good, but not Dostoevsky's finest

Difficult reading. But like all Dostoevsky's books get's better at the end. The final few chapters are particularly good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-18

masterful piece as always

would not have expected less from dostoevsky. remarkable understanding and expression of every human's shortcomings

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  • janien
  • 25-03-16

Needs full concentration, not a casual read

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Simon vance performance is second to none and frankly I was able to finish purely because he was narrating. Divided into two parts, this is the ramblings and inner thoughts of a person on the edge of society. I can see why it's a classic and respect this Dosteovesky novel for its great writing. But it didn't engage me sufficiently. Perhaps I didn't devote the full concentration it perhaps deserves.

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