The narration for this very long book was GREAT! I often lose track of who's who in a book, and there's a lot of characters. But the narrator keeps them all straight and voices each one beautifully.
The stereo-typical russian novel in length, this book tells a story of redemption for the un-redeemable, but in an incredibly human way.
An excellent audio book. Take a great classic like Crime and Punishment and add George Guidall's superb narration and it just doesn't get any better! I didn't want it to end!
Dostoevsky has created an amazing look into the mind of a killer before and after his act, and it is delivered through the eyes of a student. It is during a time where temporary insanity is catching on and "monomania" is gripping the small streets and cabins of St. Petersberg. The vivid descriptions of the people and land are immense, character development sums up much of this mind bending murder: from the initial act, the chase, and the turmoil therein.
The narrator helps develop the characters superbly with changing his voice to match a person, and delivers the feelings and mood very well. This book was excellent, and the audio version matches its excellence.
George Guidell has done a fantastic job of reading Dostoyevsky's masterpiece. His timing is excellent and his interpretation of each of the characters has a quality and vitality worthy of the task. As one who loves the work of Dostoyevsky, I am deeply grateful to Mr Guidell for an excellent performance. Please Mr Guidell - MORE!!
My mother got her degree in Russian Studies and really pushed me to listen to this book. I don't know what to really say about it, it left me feeling like something was off. Which I think is part of the point. I also just feel wrong saying I enjoyed it, given that it's about a grisly murder and the psychotic breakdown of the murderer. I think I have to go to my fallback, it's an interesting book. It made me think about class structure, morality (what is right), and virtue/vice struggle (doing what you know is right and not what you know is wrong). While there's a glimmer of hope by the end, it's a heavy book and by the end I felt I needed to take a shower. Definitely worth the listen but know what you're in for.
This is a fantastic book all around. The story is wonderful and pulled me along all the way up to the end. There were no slow points and the tension-release game is beautifully played. Even when I knew what was going to happen I was dying to find out how it happened. There is good reason that this is a classic.
I will also say that the reader is superb. He does a great job with the voices without overdoing them and it's always easy to tell who's speaking. This is important when there are so many Russian names being tossed about. I believe he represents the characters and the novel very well.
If you think that something this big, and seemingly heavy, isn't for you - then think again. I would recommend this book to anybody. It is easy to follow and the characters will captivate you. It has instantly become one of my favorite books of all time.
I thought Crime & Punishment was tedious when I read it in high school, but listening to this reading was a completely different experience. I was spellbound by the vivid imagery and the art with which Dostoevsky paints characters' emotions. So many interesting characters with so many interesting traits and range and a fascinating examination of conscience, guilt and atonement. George Guidall is an excellent reader. His ability to differintiate between characters makes this particular book more like a performance than a reading.
You have to find out for yourself, why this book has been popular for decades. Despite its length, I was unable to stop listening because the story is so moving. It is a completely original story with well developed characters and situations.
I feel slightly different than the other listeners here. First, yes this is a great story and narrated by the best. That being said, I found it to be difficult to listen to at times and kept thinking, when will it ever end? I'm not saying don't listen but I am saying, don't think for one minute this is a light "read". Listening to this one feels like heavy work at times.
They don’t write books like this anymore; because people like this don’t exist anymore; and the readers they were written for don’t exist either.
The Russia culture of the middle 19th Century is no more. That is a pity; but it cannot be helped. Perhaps in 150 years people will read of our Century and think it more interesting than their own–if people are still reading books by then.
But in 1861 Crime and Punishment was serialized in the same magazine, and in the same issues, as War and Peace. We are not likely to improve on that–except in one way: you can now listen to it.
If you have the time, 24 solid hours of listening time; and want to enjoy another, richer era, where people still had time to live fully, put on your headphones.