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Crime and Punishment Audiobook

Crime and Punishment

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Publisher's Summary

In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

©1866 Public Domain; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer 08-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great narrator"

    Obviously this is a great book but what's even more outstanding is the narration. Very pleasant to listen to.

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    John panama city, fl, United States 08-18-16
    John panama city, fl, United States 08-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding Read"
    If you could sum up Crime and Punishment in three words, what would they be?

    Descriptive Gripping Captivating


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth of the characters.


    What does Anthony Heald bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brought the book to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Edge of your seat


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    Mary Lombardi 07-31-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great way to appreciate a classic"
    If you could sum up Crime and Punishment in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, prescient, psychological


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dostoevsky draws his characters in the same way you might learn about a new friend or coworker- he plunges you into a first impression, and then feeds you details and background throughout the story to complete the picture. In this way you not only know the characters, you feel something for them( good or bad) when he is done.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when Svidrigailov has Dunia trapped in his room, confesses his plans for her, and then becomes ominously unwilling to let her go. I found myself literally cheering for Dunia when she defended herself and finally gets away. She seemed to be the one character of the story who was self possessed and strong in her convictions.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was incredible- it really brought the characters to life.

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    Naesmile 07-01-16
    Naesmile 07-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Despair and Redemption"

    Anthony Heald is a truly wonderful reader. I've tried many times to read C&P, both on my own and via different recordings. Each time I failed, although I knew I was missing out on a classic and important piece of literature. Finally, I came to this outstanding performance and the story came to life in Heald's capable hands. He rendered each character with distinction and gave each sentence clarity. I'm so glad I own this recording, so I can appreciate it again and again. Bravo!

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    perspective 07-01-16
    perspective 07-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Inside a mind"
    If you could sum up Crime and Punishment in three words, what would they be?

    Dark, gritty, real


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Crime and Punishment?

    The confession to Sonia


    Which scene was your favorite?

    n/a


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Inside the mind of a madman


    Any additional comments?

    This is a dark and gritty novel.

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    CM in CT 06-07-16
    CM in CT 06-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic Story, Amazing Narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Crime and Punishment the most enjoyable?

    Between the story and the phenomenal narration, you're pulled into Raskolnikov's world (and increasingly mad head) little by little. Never a dull moment. Mr. Heald gives each character and the narrative such life the scenes practically jump up in front of you--and reading a Russian novel aloud can't be an easy gig, let alone doing it so amazingly well!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The novel, as with all good Russian literature, is to be taken as a whole. That's part of the reason everyone has similar long names. The themes going on, particularly the subtle and yet driving theme of money's choke hold on society, these are the "characters" to pay attention to.


    What does Anthony Heald bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A masterful reading. I can't praise Mr. Heald enough for bringing me into every moment of this world. Rarely do I have a physical reaction to a book--we don't jump, for instance, the same way at a horror novel as we do a horror movie. But certain scenes read by Mr. Heald, in particular the murder scene, really left me unsettled (in the best way possible!)


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    Molly E. Carlson 06-01-16 Member Since 2012
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    "This classic comes alive"

    Who knew that this book, this recording would make that novel I was forced to read in college become the first one I would review? I listen to books all the time but this production led me to discover my new favorite novel of all time. I now wish my Russian were stronger and I could read the original with the inflection and drama I found here.

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    Jorge Beber 04-26-16
    Jorge Beber 04-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Poor narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Narrator is hard to understand and he changes the volume of his voice too much, hard to hear at times.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Anthony Heald’s performances?

    No


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    waelse1 charlotte, nc USA 04-13-16
    waelse1 charlotte, nc USA 04-13-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrific work and performance"

    Great novel, and the performer gives a nuanced, dynamic reading. My favorite novel by Dostoyevsky, terrific performance.

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    MG 04-02-16
    MG 04-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "wow"

    I have always wanted to read this book because it was on the list of classics. I am so glad I did. although the author can be a bit wordy at times I thought the narrator did such a good job that it didn't bother me . I think it would have been much harder to read this book as opposed to listening to it. I found the story to be captivating and the narrator could not have been better.

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