The Possessed

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Narrated By: Patrick Cullen

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: August 2009

Duration: 29 hours 22 minutes


Loosely based on sensational press reports of a Moscow student's murder by fellow revolutionists, The Possessed depicts the destructive chaos caused by outside agitators who move into a provincial town. The enigmatic Stavrogin dominates the novel. His magnetic personality influences his tutor, the liberal intellectual poseur Stepan Verhovensky, and the teacher's revolutionary son Pyotr, as well as other radicals. Stavrogin is portrayed as a man of strength without direction, capable of goodness and nobility. When Stavrogin loses his faith in God, however, he is seized by brutal desires he does not fully understand.

Widely considered the greatest political novel ever written, The Possessed showcases Dostoevsky's brilliant characterization, amazing insight into the human heart, and crushing criticism of the desire to manipulate the thought and behavior of others.


  • Christian Verkroost

    Man, this is a great book! Preceding the Russian Revolution by some 45 years but Dostoevsky isn't called by some prophet for no reason. Check it out and understand the Russian revolutionary mindset


by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Possessed, Fyodor Dostoevsky