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.
I've gotten into the habit of trying to read and listen to a lot of books lately. The reason being is that I feel I somehow get a richer experience and absorb more of the detail reinforcing it this way. Unfortunately with this title however, while the book itself is brilliant, the author here is dreadful. He executes so many sentences with misplaced emphasis and his often stacato speech is hard to listen to. I also must say I felt he failed to embody Raskolnikov's arrogant, yet introspective and self-pitying character very well. His tone of voice always presents him as fragile and ready to cave into the slightest pressure, but that's not the light in which he was written.
The book is fantastic. No doubt it ranks among the best. But the narrator...My god, he gives life to each and every character....he is crime and punishment..
Must have on your library
This was an excellent reading of a good translation of Dostoevsky's novel. Guidall does a great job of varying character voices so as to keep the story flowing and clearly understood.