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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!
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.
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!)
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.
Narrator is hard to understand and he changes the volume of his voice too much, hard to hear at times.
Great novel, and the performer gives a nuanced, dynamic reading. My favorite novel by Dostoyevsky, terrific performance.
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.
i said 4 for story because it put me in his mind state, which wasn't a place I liked. I like stories of triumph. So- I guess im am a bit shallow.
This book makes you rethink so many societal rules and norms. You are faced with the idea that in one case an act is criminal, while in another, the same act is heroic. Swimming in these ideas, leaves one not knowing which way is up anymore. While it's a heavy read, it is excellent!
Why bother commenting on the work. It is a masterpiece composed by a genius. But, what needs be said is that the narrator - Heald is also a master. Heald is a superior talent who is - as he demonstrates quite without question that he is worthy of the task. The book and the interpretation by Heald were beyond moving!
I don't know whether I'd have read the entire book myself or with another narrator...it was a soap opera of epic length, but overall entertaining and thought provoking.
Obviously a classic. Makes clear why Dostoevsky is highly regarded as a philosopher and an author. His extraordinary fluidity with multiple perspectives and an absolute master of dialog - this must have been a very striking book at the time of its first publication. Blisteringly modern, as we might say in retrospect.
Constance Garnett's translation is incredible and Anthony Heald's beautiful performance elevates this audio to the highest level.
Rare and essential listening.
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