Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures...and, now that I've found audiobooks, I can read even while performing mundane tasks!
This story is so intense, and George Guidall's narration is perfect because he conveys the intensity without causing the listener to become overwhelmed. The voices of the different characters are subtly different, which makes for a smooth listen, and that's certainly appreciated when reading such a heavy tale.
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I'd have never guessed that classic Russian literature would appeal to me but now I have more Russian lit on my wish list because of this book.
Descriptions of society and personal morality make this author one you will cherish.
I read this about a decade ago and apparently my young, immature, soft mind could not adequately grasp the meaning of this book. Having read it a second time after life has had a chance to have its way with me. I feel that I have matured enough to begin to understand its philosophy. I was very surprised to find that the more things change the more they stay the same in the world. Economy is going to hell, our own "class" system is in the toilet, the poor and impoverished scrape to get buy, and the rich get richer. If this had not been written before the 1900's I would have said someone was trying to cash in on a social statement. As it stands it is a truly, epic, piece of work. Raskolnikov is everyone of us that has suffered and wanted so desperately for a way out that we contemplate the un-doable. Our troubling times now, seem to be reflected in the writing then. At times I felt I was reading about myself as life comes crumbling down around Raskolnikov. His own deeds chase him relentlessly, his guilt and anxiety worse then any sentence another man could lay upon him. It is a deep, albiet wordy philosophical journey. Although do not read too much between the lines. There are too many people trying to find symbols and metaphor where there are only words. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
George Guidall has ruined me for all other audiobooks. His narration is so vivid, well-paced, and emotionally committed, you feel like you're watching a movie in your head. How am I going to get through the rest of Dostoyevsky's catalog without him?
Crime and Punishment
In one of the chapters of Brother's Karamazov, there is a long account that has most of the elements latter used in Crime and Punishment. I believe that his author was very concerned about redemption after committing a crime, through facing open punishment, both towards other human beings and to the law. There is another book, called Five Steps to Redemption, in which you, in order to be redeemed, need to place yourself in the same position you were when you broke the law, but this time you have to choose to act differently than before. Only then you would be granted true redemption. In Crime and punishment, you must confess in the streets, to everybody, crying aloud: I'm a murderer. I'm a murderer. After which, you should accept be put in prison to pay for the wrongs you have made. Only then, would you find true peace of mind and begin to live again. I believe Crime and Punishment should be read along with Five Steps Towards Redemption, for an enhanced comprehension of this issue, along with some chapters of Brothers Karamazov, to see how ingrained this idea is in its author.
Saint Augustine used to say that faith entered by the ears. Some things that went unnoticed while I was reading gained more importance while I am listening to it. But I believe such great books deserve to be both read and listen to, because the two ways complement each other in a very powerful fashion. You should also watch a well done BBC production on it, read papers on magazine dedicated in literature, read the biography of Dostoyevsky. All it takes to fully grasp the essence of what you read, rather than just reading several other cheap and shallow books. One should do this to all great books of humankind. If you happen to leanr at a high level another language, you should read/or listen it in that other language as well.
I prefer Bother's Karamazov. It is much deeper.But Crime and Punishment is better finished as a work of art. Both should be read.
Remember to read Five Step Towards Redemption to enhance the analyze of Crime and Punishment. They both match very well, and deepen the issues involved.
Truly disturbing journey.
My favorite scene was when Dounia put Lucian in his place at the dinner with the family, when the engagement ended officially. I laughed and cheered, I love her spirit!
This book made me laugh, cry and squirm in my chair at being witness to this man unraveling before me. It was hard to listen to at times, purely because the author did such an exquisite job bringing the characters to life. It is so surprising to me that this book was written so long ago. Dostoyevsky writes in a way that time cannot age.
I don't know how I will listen to another book if it is not read by this same narrator. Incredible seems too bland a word to describe his telling of this story. I loved his voice and the feeling he put into all the characters. His subtle but distinct voice changes for each character made it easy to distinguish them from each other and focus on the story.
well written, a classic, but heavy heavy stuff... very dark, but what else can one expect from Dostoevsky? Narration was good, voices well distinguished... but heavy, dark, and made me seek out something light and fluffy for my next one. I probably won't listen to this again.
George Guidall's narration made this Classic so enthralling - I couldn't wait to get back to the story - albeit 25hours long! The characters were so alive I found myself processing them in my sleep. A marathon book but 'Oh...what a story!!' loved it!
For those of you who enjoy the Russian classics, here is an absolutely stellar performace! Dostoevsky's Book is riveting and the Narration by George Guidall is thought-provoking and flawless. You really should NOT pass this Audible Book by.
Very Highly recommended!
It takes a little to get through this novel, but it's well worth the time. There's a reason it's a classic, and if you're willing to put some thought into it, I think you will be rewarded. It's also worth the time to do a little bit of background reading on Dostoevsky and the time when this book was written.
Honestly, this isn't the type of book that would keep me turning pages late into the night, and that's why I really appreciated the audiobook. The narrator wasn't the most dynamic of narrators, but to be honest, I far prefer a mellow narrator to one who feels it's necessary to over act and over dramaticize every character. Also, this wasn't a fast narration, but again, just take your time, put some thought into it and I think you'll appreciate it too.