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Crime and Punishment (Audio Connoisseur Edition) | [Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)]

Crime and Punishment (Audio Connoisseur Edition)

This magnificent novel is about the murder of a miserly, aged pawnbroker and her younger sister by a radical, destitute St. Petersburg student named Raskolnikov, and the emotional, mental, and physical effects that follow. It is a remarkable masterpiece about a man's turbulent inner life and his relationship to others and to society at large. Dostoevsky explored the human condition on many levels in this great piece, and among the main themes the novel explores is the rather strange theory that criminals have a spiritual need to be punished - that indeed they demand it.
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This magnificent novel is about the murder of a miserly, aged pawnbroker and her younger sister by a radical, destitute St. Petersburg student named Raskolnikov, and the emotional, mental, and physical effects that follow. It is a remarkable masterpiece about a man's turbulent inner life and his relationship to others and to society at large. Dostoevsky explored the human condition on many levels in this great piece, and among the main themes the novel explores is the rather strange theory that criminals have a spiritual need to be punished - that indeed they demand it. Today we might think of this as masochism and dismiss Dostoevsky's thesis as the powerful wanderings of a mind steeped in the mysticism of the Eastern Orthodox Church. But this wonderful classic is far more complex.

Raskolnikov the intellectual divides humanity into two types: the meek, submissive mass of mankind and the "Supermen". The Nietzschean Superman can violate any law or principle to attain his beneficial ends. Since Raskolnikov has allied himself with the Superman, he intends to prove his superiority by committing a murder without remorse by eliminating an "undesirable" person.

The novel's central question is whether it is justifiable to commit an atrocity in order to improve humanity. Dostoevsky shows us that a person cannot control and direct his life solely with his reason and intellect, that free will is limited. Listen as one of the finest psychological novels ever written unfolds.

Translated by Constance Garnett.

©2008 Audio Connoisseur; (P)2007 Audio Connoisseur

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    D. R. King 12-21-13
    D. R. King 12-21-13 Member Since 2012

    Complex realist

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    "Very dark psychological thriller."
    If you could sum up Crime and Punishment (Audio Connoisseur Edition) in three words, what would they be?

    Dark, depressing, tense.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Crime and Punishment (Audio Connoisseur Edition)?

    Listening to some of the interrogations would leave your palms sweaty.


    Did Charlton Griffin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The female voices were a little annoying.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book is dark, dreary and depressing. This is not a happy, inspirational story.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a true classic... There is a reason people are still listing to this 150 years later.

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    John 11-13-12
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    "amazing narrator"

    The narrator for this book is absolutely fabulous. The book is still "Crime and Punishment" but Mr. Griffin makes it absolutely entertaining and saves the day.

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    William M Storm MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 05-13-12
    William M Storm MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 05-13-12 Member Since 2012

    An academic who listens to novels on runs and commutes to campus.

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    "Crime Pays for the Reader"

    Crime and Punishment is one of the hallmarks in literature, and a major hole in my own knowledge, and so I was pleased to find this production engaging and entertaining. The story itself is well-known; boy commits crime, boy meets girl, boy goes crazy, and girl commits herself to the boy. What that sketch fails to draw out is the psychological aspects of the novel that are at play, which are also mocked in the questioning and investigation of the crime. For those less familiar with Russian literature, there may be some difficulty in following the characters as the names are quite similar and each character has three or four names by which he/she is referred. But to see the transformation of R throughout the novel from logical mastermind to bumbling criminal to crazed offender to penitent prisoner is worth the effort and time. And bonus is that the funeral banquet scene might be the most comic scene I have ever read in literature.

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    Robin Tucson, AZ, United States 04-29-12
    Robin Tucson, AZ, United States 04-29-12

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    "Wrong Tanslation"
    Would you try another book from Fyodor Dostoevsky and/or Charlton Griffin?

    If it is a better translation. The old Garnett translation has been surpassed. Griffin is an excellent reader.


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    Jonathan Phoenix, AZ, United States 11-13-12
    Jonathan Phoenix, AZ, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Not a great story, good narration"

    I thought that, being a classic, this would be a great story. Unfortunately for the most part it was a string of drunken dialogue and unnecessarily detailed character development.

    Also, the narrator was good, but he repeatedly pronounced "a propos" as it's spelled, pronouncing the "s", rather than how it's pronounced ("a propo").

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-05-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-05-10 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "A better read..."

    Still a classic but when listening to this audio book, one just doesn't get the same understanding that they would have had they read it. Even still, the book is a great piece of work, the narrator does an excellent job and overall, I'd still highly recommend this to all!!!

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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 03-13-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "this story could had so much potential"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes it was.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    rodia second guessing himself. the vagueness of some of the events. there was so much potential. i find the russian characters having more than one name annoying and consusing as in anna karennina.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when rodia was at the pawn lady's and the events afterward.


    Could you see Crime and Punishment (Audio Connoisseur Edition) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    a movie yes. tv series no. i have no idea who could star. they would need to be more specific.


    Any additional comments?

    i have concluded that russian authors seem to be awfully wordy saying too much and not enough. it was not a waste of time but just not for me. i wanted to read it and i did. the naration was very good.

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    "Crime and Punishment"

    Very long and I did not enjoy it as much as I did reading it years ago. It became a chorus to finish it.

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    Kayvan los angeles, CA, USA 08-15-09
    Kayvan los angeles, CA, USA 08-15-09
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    "french hat"

    Don't get fool by the sample, the reading it dose good when he read the acts, but when it comes to the dialogues, he begin to over perform, and the worse when he try to change his voice as a female character, a total disaster in reading and make it impossible and very unpleasant to listen, i switch to another version.

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    Brian Lake Havasu, AZ, USA 04-06-09
    Brian Lake Havasu, AZ, USA 04-06-09
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    "Crime and punishment"

    Boring, everything drags out, takes for ever to get any where. Loose interest trying to fallow the thread of the story.
    I listened to it for hours and had to force myself to continue.
    I never did finish it.
    It may be a clasic but I can't figur out why.

    0 of 23 people found this review helpful
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