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

Crime and Punishment

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".
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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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    Adam Lomazoff 03-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "passionate lucid narration"

    well worth the price. I originally bought a different version on audible for very cheap. you get what you pay for

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    Hermand 03-08-15
    Hermand 03-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Themes that haunt & console you at the same time.."

    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.

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    william Salt Lake City, UT, United States 02-15-15
    william Salt Lake City, UT, United States 02-15-15
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    "Overrated story. Great narration!"

    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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    "Most beautiful"

    Fantastic reading. I was able to live with the characters through their dramas and feel their conflicts.
    Wonderful!

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    Fashionista US 01-19-15
    Fashionista US 01-19-15 Member Since 2013

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    "A Classic"

    At times I wondered if an abridged version wouldn't have been a better choice, but in the end I'm glad I listened (in its entirety) to the whole book.

    I've never rewound a book as much as I have this one. It wasn't from lack of interest or because I did not understand. Dostoevsky's writing would cause me to pontificate on meaning. Sometimes it was meaning of life and other times it was thinking about the characters.

    I did realize one good part about audiobooks during this book. It's good to be able to put your hands over your eyes and listen to the story. When reading you must keep your eyes open. :)

    Enjoy the ride.

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    "A True Classic"

    Brilliant writing. Fantastic story. Nice performance. I'd read this book over 20 years ago but still thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. Because the writing was so good I plan to buy other works by Dostoevsky.

    The story and performance were so good that I powered this this 20-hour book in three days.

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    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 10-17-14
    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 10-17-14 Member Since 2014

    Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.

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    "A Crazy Classic."

    I started listening to this book because I had an assignment to do. I enjoyed it, but not immensely. This is not a dynamic book since it dwells on the narrator's conflict. It made me feel some anguish through most of the reading / listening. At times I didn't know if Rodya was conflicted or plain crazy.
    It is a classic of Russian literature, and every literature student should read it, and learn to recognize the polyphony and dialogism in it.

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    "Wow! Amazing narration."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Crime and Punishment to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I'm not sure I could have made it through the print version, but the narration-in particular the emotion and wonderful pronunciation-made it a great experience.


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

    I loved Inspector Profiry-a Columbo from 1866. His character, mannerisms and approach formed the foundation for so many inspectors in latter day classics.


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

    Great pronunciation that I would have wrestled with. True drama and emotion. Kept the story moving-all 20+ hours of it. I will absolutely seek out other Anthony Heald stories.


    Any additional comments?

    If this book has been on your bucket list, this edition is a great place to tackle it. Not a light investment at 20+ hours, and it does drag at times, but I'm happy for the experience.

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    Alison Brinston, ONTARIO, Canada 05-21-14
    Alison Brinston, ONTARIO, Canada 05-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "classic"

    There isn't much for me to say other than the narration was excellent on a classic tale. If you're worried about tackling such a long 'must-read' book, this edition might be just what you're looking for!

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    Duchez, FAIRFAX, VA, United States 04-20-14
    Duchez, FAIRFAX, VA, United States 04-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent story and narration"
    What does Anthony Heald bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration brought the words to life, especially when passages could seem long and drawn out.


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

    Excellent deep dive into the human mind, right and wrong, meaning of conscience, and mental illness with regards to depression.


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