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The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)

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1. 01 – Book 1 Chapter 1 – Fyodor Pavlovitch Karamazov
2. 02 – Book 1 Chapter 2 – He Gets Rid of His Oldest Son
3. 03 – Book 1 Chapter 3 – The Second Marrage And The Second Family
4. 04 – Book 1 Chapter 4 – The Third Son, Alyosha
5. 05 – Book 1 Chapter 5 – Elders
6. 06 – Book 2 Chapter 1 – They Arrive at the Monastery
7. 07 – Book 2 Chapter 2 – The Old Buffoon
8. 08 – Book 2 Chapter 3 – Peasant Women Who Have Faith
9. 09 – Book 2 Chapter 4 – A Lady of Little Faith
10. 10 – Book 2 Chapter 5 – So Be it! So Be It!
11. 11 – Book 2 Chapter 6 – Why Is Such a Man Alive?
12. 12 – Book 2 Chapter 7 – A Young Man Bent on a Career
13. 13 – Book 2 Chapter 8 – The Scandalous Scene
14. 14 – Book 3 Chapter 1 – In the Servants’ Quarters
15. 15 – Book 3 Chapter 2 – Lizaveta
16. 16 – Book 3 Chapter 3 – Confession of an Ardent Heart – in Verse
17. 17 – Book 3 Chapter 4 – Confession of an Ardent Heart – in Anecdote
18. 18 – Book 3 Chapter 5 – The Confession of a Passionate Heart – ‘Heels Up’
19. 19 – Book 3 Chapter 6 – Smerdyakov
20. 20 – Book 3 Chapter 7 – The Controversy
21. 21 – Book 3 Chapter 8 – Over the Brandy
22. 22 – Book 3 Chapter 9 – The Sensualists
23. 23 – Book 3 Chapter 10 – Both Together
24. 24 – Book 3 Chapter 11 – Another Reputation Ruined
25. 25 – Book 4 Chapter 1 – Father Ferapont
26. 26 – Book 4 Chapter 2 – At His Father’s
27. 27 – Book 4 Chapter 3 – A Meeting with the Schoolboys
28. 28 – Book 4 Chapter 4 – At the Hohlakovs’
29. 29 – Book 4 Chapter 5 – A Laceration in the Drawing-Room
30. 30 – Book 4 Chapter 6 – A Laceration in the Cottage
31. 31 – Book 4 Chapter 7 – And in the Open Air
32. 32 – Book 5 Chapter 1 – The Engagement
33. 33 – Book 5 Chapter 2 – Smerdyakov with a Guitar
34. 34 – Book 5 Chapter 3 – The Brothers Make Friends
35. 35 – Book 5 Chapter 4 – Rebellion
36. 36 – Book 5 Chapter 5 – The Grand Inquisitor
37. 37 – Book 5 Chapter 6 – For Awhile a Very Obscure One
38. 38 – Book 5 Chapter 7 – ‘It’s Always Worth While Speaking to a Clever Man’
39. 39 – Book 6, Chapter 1 – Father Zossima and His Visitors
40. 40 – Book 6 Chapter 2 – The Duel
41. 41 – Book 6 Chapter 3 – Conversations and Exhortations of Father Zossima
42. 42 – Book 7 Chapter 1 – The Breath of Corruption
43. 43 – Book 7 Chapter 2 – A Critical Moment
44. 44 – Book 7 Chapter 3 – An Onion
45. 45 – Book 7 Chapter 4 – Cana of Galilee
46. 46 – Book 8 Chapter 1 – Kuzma Samsonov
47. 47 – Book 8 Chapter 2 – Lyagavy
48. 48 – Book 8 Chapter 3 – Gold-Mines
49. 49 – Book 8 Chapter 4 – In the Dark
50. 50 – Book 8 Chapter 5 – A Sudden Resolution
51. 51 – Book 8 Chapter 6 – ‘I Am Coming, too!’
52. 52 – Book 8 Chapter 7 – The First and Rightful Lover
53. 53 – Book 8 Chapter 8 – Delirium
54. 54 – Book 9 Chapter 1 – The Beginning of Perhotin’s Official Career
55. 55 – Book 9 Chapter 2 – The Alarm
56. 56 – Book 9 Chapter 3 – The Sufferings of a Soul, the First Ordeal
57. 57 – Book 9 Chapter 4 – The Second Ordeal
58. 58 – Book 9 Chapter 5 – The Third Ordeal
59. 59 – Book 9 Chapter 6 – The Prosecutor Catches Mitya
60. 60 – Book 9 Chapter 7 – Mitya’s Great Secret. Received with Hisses
61. 61 – Book 9 Chapter 8 – The Evidences of the Witnesses. The Babe
62. 62 – Book 9 Chapter 9 – They Carry Mitya Away
63. 63 – Book 10 Chapter 1 – Kolya Krassotkin
64. 64 – Book 10 Chapter 2 – Children
65. 65 – Book 10 Chapter 3 – The Schoolboy
66. 66 – Book 10 Chapter 4 – The Lost Dog
67. 67 – Book 10 Chapter 5 – By Ilusha’s Bedside
68. 68 – Book 10 Chapter 6 – Precocity
69. 69 – Book 10 Chapter 7 – Ilusha
70. 70 – Book 11 Chapter 1 – At Grushenka’s
71. 71 – Book 11 Chapter 2 – The Injured Foot
72. 72 – Book 11 Chapter 3 – A Little Demon
73. 73 – Book 11 Chapter 4 – A Hymn and a Secret
74. 74 – Book 11 Chapter 5 – Not You, Not You!
75. 75 – Book 11 Chapter 6 – The First Interview with Smerdyakov
76. 76 – Book 11 Chapter 7 – The Second Visit to Smerdyakov
77. 77 – Book 11 Chapter 8 – The Third and Last Interview with Smerdyakov
78. 78 – Book 11 Chapter 9 – The Devil. Ivan’s Nightmare
79. 79 – Book 11 Chapter 10 – ‘It Was He Who Said That’
80. 80 – Book 12 Chapter 1 – The Fatal Day
81. 81 – Book 12 Chapter 2 – Dangerous Witnesses
82. 82 – Book 12 Chapter 3 – The Medical Experts and a Pound of Nuts
83. 83 – Book 12 Chapter 4 – Fortune Smiles on Mitya
84. 84 – Book 12 Chapter 5 – A Sudden Catastrophe
85. 85 – Book 12 Chapter 6 – The Prosecutor’s Speech. Sketches of Character
86. 86 – Book 12 Chapter 7 – An Historical Survey
87. 87 – Book 12 Chapter 8 – A Treatise on Smerdyakov
88. 88 – Book 12 Chapter 9 – The Galloping Troika. The End of the Prosecutor’s Speech
89. 89 – Book 12 Chapter 10 – The Speech for the Defence. An Argument that Cuts Both Ways
90. 90 – Book 12 Chapter 11 – There Was No Money. There Was No Robbery
91. 91 – Book 12 Chapter 12 – And There Was No Murder Either
92. 92 – Book 12 Chapter 13 – A Corrupter of Thought
93. 93 – Book 12 Chapter 14 – The Peasants Stand Firm
94. 94 – Epilogue Chapter 1 – Plans for Mitya’s Escape
95. 95 – Epilogue Chapter 2 – For a Moment the Lie Becomes Truth
96. 96 – Epilogue Chapter 3 – Ilusha’s Funeral. The Speech at the Stone

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Summary

Set in 19th century Russia, The Brothers Karamazov (Russian: Братья Карамазовы) is the last novel written by the illustrious author Fyodor Dostoyevsky who died a few months before the book's publication. The deeply philosophical and passionate novel tells the story of Fyodor Karamazov, an immoral debauch whose sole aim in life is the acquisition of wealth. Twice married, he has three sons whose welfare and upbringing, he cares nothing about. At the beginning of the story, Dimitri Karamazov, the eldest son who is now a twenty-eight year old war veteran, returns to his home town to claim the inheritance left to him by his dead mother. Fyodor is none too pleased to see him as he hates to part with money. The middle brother Ivan, a cold and unemotional man, is called in to settle the dispute but he fails. The youngest son, Alyosha, a gentle and learned soul is training to be a monk in a nearby monastery. He suggests that they consult the famous monastic elder Zosima who could work out a satisfactory solution. The plot winds through an amazing labyrinth of twists and turns, with the characters of the three brothers becoming more and more apparent to the readers. As different aspects of a human being, the three are completely different, yet bound by the irrevocable ties of common ancestry. The true hero of the story is the gentle Alyosha, whose spiritual journey and wonderfully humane qualities of kindness and compassion remain with the reader for ever. As one of the most compelling and fascinating explorations of the human heart, The Brothers Karamazov remains one of the world's greatest literary creations. A novel of great length (it is divided into twelve volumes) and breadth, its sheer scale and scope captures the imagination of readers. The book has had an enduring influence on writers all over the world. It was admired and loved by renowned intellectuals like Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Sartre, Camus, James Joyce, Franz Kafka and a host of others. Pope Benedict XVI referred to it in his 2007 encyclical. It has been extensively adapted for stage, screen, TV and translated into many world languages. Dostoyevsky was one of literature's greatest observers of the human mind. His writings were shaped by his own experiences of political activism, imprisonment, questioning of faith and finding spiritual enlightenment towards the end of his life. The novel is as relevant today as when it was published in 1880 and though it is deeply complex, it was also strangely prophetic as it foretold the events that would take place under the Soviet Regime.

Reviews

Danielle

- Readers

Please replace the readers in book 8 who have the worst pronunciations. I am so disappointed to be this far into the book (book 8 chapter7) and I literally can't tell who she is talking about half the time the rest of the time she's too busy laughing. I hope not to have to wade through another episode of her saying "meet-ya"

Irene

- Loved the book

Some chapters are rather poorly read though. People who do no research on how to pronounce Russian names correctly, should not be reading such books at all. Also, authors who are very slow and have speech defects should resist an urge to volunteer for the audio books recordings. Overall, I still thank you for your efforts and time.

Has a dozen or so different readers. There are some very well read sections and some rather poor. Despite this, I was able to follow all readers clearly.

Robert

- Brothers Karamazov

The reader for Book 7 chapter 1 - Alyosha is horrendously poor! Is it even a human reading it?