©1866 Public Domain; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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.
I loved Inspector Profiry-a Columbo from 1866. His character, mannerisms and approach formed the foundation for so many inspectors in latter day classics.
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.
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.
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!
The narration brought the words to life, especially when passages could seem long and drawn out.
Excellent deep dive into the human mind, right and wrong, meaning of conscience, and mental illness with regards to depression.
Anthony Heald takes us to the very core of this classic with his versatile voice that brings all the characters in the book to life.
An outstanding performance. I hadn't read C&P since high school. I was kind of dreading rereading it….so gloomy, I thought. Wrong. Raskalnikov fascinates … not only us, the readers, but all the characters in the book. He is sought after and wondered at and loved. The characters are many and wonderfully created by Anthony Heald.
Mother, Amazon, Student, LSG
I enjoyed the story, I found reading the book to be a chore and figured I would try listening to it for a little bit, then a little bit more and the next thing I knew I had the narrator going at double speed so I could learn what cockamamie adventure he would have next. What illness would befall him, what stupid mistake would he make next? It was worth the effort to get into the story and really learn from it. I reccomend it.
I didn't expect to be so taken with an "old" novel, especially considering it's a translation. I am pleasantly surprised in every possible way. Although it was published in 1866 it could have been written yesterday. Anthony Heald does an absolutely stunning narration, he really brings the story to life. I never once thought of it as a "translation" thanks to Anthony's great reading. Great story, narration, the whole package. I'd give it 6 stars if I could.
This book is book written and read superbly. Anthony Heald manages to create a unique voice for every character and really makes it come alive. I only wish that the book was longer.
I read the Brothers Karamazov before reading this and now I understand why people say to read this first. I really found my appreciation of the former heightened by this work.
Though I have to say the ending left me a little disappointed, not so much because I felt it was rushed but because it was a (spoiler alert) happy ending.
I am getting a little tired of reading these greats works of Russian Literature and after all of them have expertly such the trivial nature of life, the characters find love or god and are reborn, or take a moral bath as Tolstoy put it.
But this may a more personal critique as I have neither of these things.
Overall I would heartily recommend this book
The narration and stroy were a little hard to follow, but that could be my own fault for starting, stopping and falling asleep to this audiobook so many times. In retrospect, I like some of the provocative ideas that the novel proposed vis-a-vis it's main characters and their actions/outlooks. I have since applied some of the principles and quandries raised in this book to my everyday life and some of the "Fountainheadesque" concepts have lead to interesting dinner conversations. Therefore, I thought it was interesting, but I am not completely subscribing to Dostoevsky yet.
I have yet to read this book, and once I begun and started following along with my book, realized that it is not word for word. Disappointing. Please take note of this before you purchase this book. I was unaware.
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