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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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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 11-05-12
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 11-05-12 Member Since 2010

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

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    "A Very Tough Listen"

    This is one of those novels I always meant to read, but never got around to. That's surprising given my legal training, but I'm pleased I listened to it, however belatedly. Of course it is a very ambitious exercise to try to capture the meanderings of a tormented soul. Dostoevsky succeeded in the attempt. Still, it is no small achievement and it makes the listening difficult because for most of the novel we listen to a flawed man grappling with the demons of his pride, his belief in his own moral superiority and his disdain of help. I'm not sure anyone other than a Russian of the era of this tale could have captured the desperation, the fatalism and the climax so fully. However, because listening is difficult, it takes some perseverance so that at times I felt as if I was doing the time for Raskolnikov's crime.
    As to the plot controversy, of which there is much written, I subscribe to the group that thinks the Epilogue is worthwhile. I can see why some say it is unnecessary, but I guess it depends on whether you want the loose ends tied-up, or not. Of course, be warned, if you skip the Epilogue (particularly its Chapter 2), you will leave with a different view of the book and, I suspect, Dostoevsky's world view.
    As to the performance, I can imagine that this was a terrifically difficult book to read aloud. I started with this one (see my review of the Dick Hill narration which substantially reproduces the review above), but I found the Heald version too fast, too frantic and difficult to follow . It is an amazing 2 and an half hours faster than the version I ultimately settled upon. I can't believe that time difference is all attributable to the translation. There were times when I thought Anthony Heald sounded like a famous (and very entertaining) law lecturer, Irving Younger, but that was law school and this is something else. I preferred the less frantic pace of the other version. Also, I had trouble differentiating between the vocalisation of the characters, even within a single scene, and certainly the voices were not consistent over the course of the whole novel. Finally, I found the pronunciation of the tri-nominal Russian names too harsh and not melodic at all. One of the great delights of the Russian novel for me is the character names, but I thought this narration missed its chance to reproduce that pleasure for the reader. Of course, that might have been its intent, but I take the view that the novel is harsh enough in itself and needs no assistance in that regard.

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    cirach NJ United States 01-12-17
    cirach NJ United States 01-12-17
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    "Fantastic read"

    I enjoy this story so much so I have read it several times and will again. each time differently. looking for anything I've missed. focusing on a particular character or an incident. analyzing the author's thought process. trying to imagine what people thought about it when it was first published. but most of all the one story is a fantastic tale and I am amazed by it everything.

    Anthony Heald does a wonderful job and I have sought out books he has performed and enjoyed them all. he keeps you engaged and entertained
    and makes you like the characters.

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    galcarm 12-22-16
    galcarm 12-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Narration by Heald"

    Cannot give enough credit to the narrator. This story is a classic, obviously, and much has already been said. So I will limit my review of the book by stating that the author delved deep into the heart of the main character and revealed his true motive. Anthony Heald's narration was excellent. The changes from one character to another were smooth and he captured their condition - whether drunk, or giddy, or suffering from consumption. An excellent performance. I'll look for other narrations by Heald. As an aside, I generally listen to most audiobooks at a slower speed - generally 0.85 of normal. It helps in keeping the narration from feeling hectic or hurried.

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    Dilantha Senaratne 12-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "depressing but revealing"

    may take you to some scary places of your conscious. I feel like I need to listen to something happy after.

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    Amazon Customer SAN DIEGO, US, Canada 12-08-16
    Amazon Customer SAN DIEGO, US, Canada 12-08-16 Member Since 2016

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    "A classic book with an even more classic reading."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Crime and Punishment to be better than the print version?

    Yes


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

    The last 50 pages were intense but Anthony Heald to me is one of 3 narrators I buy without hesitation.


    Have you listened to any of Anthony Heald’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to Moby Dick and he carries you through the book making it more enjoyable. The profound inflection, how he pauses and captures mood in such a realistic manner is a complete joy. It matters a lot in this book because the translation sometime add what the character should sound like after the sentence but Heald has already reflected that in the reading, just amazing.


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

    The Epilogue


    Any additional comments?

    Superb reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Montpelier, VT, US 11-30-16
    Amazon Customer Montpelier, VT, US 11-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "New Insights into a Masterpiece"

    The reading was wonderful bringing to life the horror,comedy and spirit of a great novel

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    Prasatt 11-28-16
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    "Horrible narrator"

    Heald should definitely stop trying to do voices. The fact that I completed the audiobook is a testament to my perseverance!

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    Rusty 10-18-16
    Rusty 10-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic story beautifully read"

    Anthony Heald's reading of this classic story is the best audio book performance I've yet heard. He reads with emotion, the characters are distinguishable, and his females don't sound like they have beards.

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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 08-18-16
    John 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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