It is what it is. Pensive, intriguing, long... Don't make it your first Dostoevsky novel, and certainly don't let it be your last, but give it a chance. Things don't really get going until part two, of course.
The Narration here is excellent. Guidall is a master.
. . .in its portrayal of man's complex inner landscape. There are several long set-pieces of dialogue between R. and others that are engrossing in their revelation of the personality and thought processes of various individuals. An epic novel read superbly by Guidal. It is heavy in theme but nuanced, even light, in detail. We are not left with the slightest sympathy for R.--we ARE left overwhelmed and engrossed by this overarching work. Read it!
This is the best reading that they have. He is consistence, he dose not try to over perform, and above all he don't ruin the character's dialogue in some lousy attempt to change his voice as a female character. I went through the whole book.
After listening to several brilliant readings of Dickens by David Case, this Dostoevsky was unbearably heavy going: comically slow and met-ic-ul-ous-ly en-unc-i-ated, as if meant for an audience of beginning English-speakers.
There's a new, reportedly brilliant translation (Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky) which I'm going to read, not listen to. Perhaps Audible will add it to their list.
The problem is that I have read too much and can't find new literary books. Writers today fill with too much stuffing, too little meat.
This is one of the books that i have reread; i've read it three times and think it is marvelous. Listening adds another dimension to the story - the scene between Ivan and the Devil that takes place in the middle of the night has always mystified me, hearing it clarified the conversation so plainly that i wondered why i had a problem with it earlier. Personally, i think it is one of the most perfect novels i have read.
Tremendous audio book, I couldn't stop listening. The voice characterizations were perfect; you got to know each character from the voice. One of the best books I've "read," and by far the longest, but worth every second.
What a great book--a psychological thriller that is not in the least bit dated. Excellent characters make this one of my favorite books. And George Guidall adds to the experience with his flawless narration (including 20-character Russian names!). Bravo!
In the service of one of the greatest works of all time, this narration is up to the task. For those of us raised on radio drama, Dostoevsky paints the most vivid images of person, time and place. As a story of human nature and human suffering, Crime and Punishment leaves one breathless indeed. Apparently. not for listeners with Attention Deficit Disorder.