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  • The Pickwick Papers

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    This is the story of the celebrated Pickwick Club. The members are to report to the club on their journeys, adventures, and observations of characters and manners. Dickens creates a vivid picture of England in taking his characters along the nostalgic highways and byways of this majestic isle. This remarkable first novel made Dickens famous and has remained one of the world's best-known works.

    John says: "The Pickwick Papers"
    "Accents adrift..."
    Overall

    Enjoyable, but disfigured often by inaccurate rendering of English accents, which are indicators of class and geographic origin. Some pronunciations are wrong as well: either not as an Englishmen would pronounce the word, or in a few cases as any educated person, English or American, would pronounce the word.

    To sum up, there's no subsitute for a well-schooled English actor for reading Dickens.

    10 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1430)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (625)

    Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

    Greg says: "Wonderful Book"
    "Punishment, what was the Crime?"
    Overall

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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