I like to read but listening is better.
It did take me a while to get into this book but eventually I got engrossed in it. Part of the problem is that the Russian names were very confusing. I think the fact that I was listening rather than reading the book increased the confusion. Many of the names just sound very similar. Also, a character may not be mentioned for chapters at a time (which for me could be several days or even a week) so that when they are mentioned again it's hard to recall exactly who they were.
To deal with this I once again used Shmoop as a companion source. Shmoop was very useful, although I have to admit that I would have gotten much more out of this book if I had studied it as part of a class or book club.
Anthony Heald's "stop-and-start," hesitant style certainly took some getting used to, but eventually I began to really enjoy it.
No. I have many more stories I want to read! Not enough time.
All the characters had some aspect that I liked and maybe didn't like. The lead I liked because, as he was written, I understood his thoughts. I certainly liked the best friend who was a quality person throughout. They all had something to offer.
Excellent! He kept to the tones of different voices so I didn't get too confused since the names were hard for me. His intonations were just right for each occasion. He kept my attention the whole time.
The power of love.
Now that I've finished this book, I feel I've lost some friends whom I won't see again.
Married to a Presbyterian Pastor - 4 grand children - just returned from a mission trip to Russia - Career - Interior designer
Dostoevsky is an amazing story teller as any reader will know before they pick up his work of Crime and Punishment. The intricate detail of the plot along with the complex character development is a great study of the nature of mankind. Great Read!
Dostoevsky leaves no stone unturned as he explore's the redemption of the characters through their immense suffering. Every character viewpoint is explored level of integrity and greed.
Raskolnikov's sister, Dunya and friend, Sonya, both bring contrasting energy and light in Dostoevsky's dreary theme. Roskolnikov who chooses to commit an appalling crime lives a proverty stricken life both emotionally and physically. Sonya and Dunya ease the gloominess and depravity of Roskolnikov's evil choices. They too are proverty stricken but become willing to sacrifice themselves for the benefit of others.
Never- The book is over 500 pages long and it is much too intense to listen to in one setting.
This may be one book that is best to read rather than listen to. I have the opportunity to listen while I keep busy doing a second task. Crime and Punishment is a must listen to audio book. Each chapter brings something new to the plot and the character's come and go throughtout the chapters. Of course, the Russian names are a bit test for me.
I ended up looking at Cliff Notes Analysis of Major Characters and reading "The Gospel of Dostoevsky" to keep myself on target with the intention of each character.
It feels good to have this "1866" well-known masterpiece under my belt.
Definitely worth the time!
I am going to do "The Idiot" by Dostoevsky in a couple of months. Admittedly, I need a break from the intricacy and detail of Dostoevsky.
Yes. I linked the book and the audiobook so I read at night and then listened to where I left off during my drive to work.
All the characters were clear and different and expertly performed.
Overall a great experience.
Have always wanted to read through this book and now I have accomplished this. Thank you for this great experience.
I've tried to read this many times, and this audiobook finally helped me muscle through it. I'm glad I read it, and I would recommend this book to anyone.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
You have to think about the story and conversations in this book. It isn't an action adventure and won't make great television. It goes into peoples heads, watches their reactions and you start to feel what every character is going through. Written in the 1860's it was well ahead of its time. I read this book from a religious view point after doing the 'Great Courses' on 'Why Evil Exists'. I am glad I did as this book crosses religious view with psychology and 'man' thinking for himself rather than through some god or establish religious or culture ideology.
The themes in this book is what does it for me and what has probably made it such a classic. There were times that it was quite slow in building the scenes, but the conclusion of scenes made it all worth it. So just hang in there. You will come away thinking of the characters in this book for weeks after you've read it.
I don't think that I am just a big dummy. But I have no idea why this is considered to be a classic! The narrator was terrific, and the first hour or two was very captivating... But it dropped off significantly after that with very few subsequent interesting peaks.
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How can you rate-evaluate-criticise a classic? There is a reason why it has been popular since 1866; almost 150 years! Overall I enjoyed the story very much…. but….
My ever present difficulty for keeping track of people was made extra challenging by the Russian names; it seemed to me that everyone had the same name!! Example: Alyona Ivanovna and Avdotya Romanovna… I can’t keep them straight.
I had to use mnemonics to help remember who was who, like for instance the main character’s name: Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov. I would say to myself: “Raskolnikov is a rascal, and rascals are up to no good – therefore he’s the killer” but that only helped when I heard his name. I could not retain it 3 paragraphs later to save my life.
It was extremely hard for me to keep up and I had to keep cheating and reread the synopsis on Wikipedia to understand the story; but that’s my problem, not the book’s. I think I have literary A.D.D.
If there is a translation out there where the main characters are called Jim, and Bob, and Fred, I’d read it again – the core story was riveting.