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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!
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.
Wonderfully written, this story reminds us of the human condition by following man who is betrayed by his mind. His emotional toil resonates with the reader, igniting a hopeful spirit for desolate souls who battle with themselves. Isolation breeds contempt and this novel allows the reader to experience solitude leaving us thankful for the ones who stick with us through thick and thin.
There were parts of the book that drew away from the plot and if left out, it wouldn't have made a difference. It slowed the rhythm and I became bored, wanting more from the main characters.
This is the second time I've read this book. It was better than before.
Dostoyevsky's novel of a man who commits a crime and is eventually brought to justice is narrated spectacularly by Antony Heald. He brings the book to life with consummate skill.
The novel itself goes on quite a bit - most of the time it's enthralling, but occasionally one thinks, "my goodness, did he have to chaunter on so much?!".
Raskolnikov himself is a piece of work who gives you the heebiedabajeebies. Why such a lovely girl like Sonjia put up with his shenanigans for so long I have no idea. He is a particularly repellent character.
In fact, most of the women in the story are awesome. A couple of the men are good...but the rest of them are scoundrels. Rape, lies, and paedophilia, oh my. *Shudder*
Anyway, this audible version is *highly* recommended. Anthony Heald rocks it.
I would recommend this novel to anyone to who is curious about why a classic is a classic. The story was riveting, the narration superb. This book stands the test of time.
Character development, symbolism, foreshadowing. The view into the culture, history and philosophy of the time.
First one. He is a masterful narrator.
"An absorbing and lively listen"
I listened to several of the available samples before choosing this particular recording. People seem to get quite heated about which translations are the better, and of course I'm no expert, but my personal opinion is that this version flows along really well and is not at all stilted; in fact, most of the time I forgot I was listening to a translation.
The story itself is really gripping and compulsive, much of it dealing with the almost unbearable mental torment suffered by the central character. Anthony Heald reads the book with great expression and feeling and I found myself totally absorbed as I listened.
My only slight difficulty (which would have been the same whichever recording I'd chosen) was that occasionally I got a bit mixed up between the many similar sounding (to me) Russian names: I therefore recommend not leaving too long between listening sessions, as without the physical book there it's hard to go back and check who's who when you've forgotton.
"Great reading of a great classic"
Crime and Punishment is such a dark and intense book, with a reputation arguably with being difficult which I'm sure puts many people off. Perhaps, however, the best way to experience it is an audiobook; much of the book comprises dialogue or inner monologue, so a good narrator can really make sense of the story and bring the book alive.
And indeed Anthony Heal does a marvellous job in this audio-version; he reads at quite a pace, but always clearly, and this in fact suits Dostoyevsky's style very well. He also paints the large cast of complex characters in a convincing and vivid way, and is assured with the pronunciation of Russian names. I have previously listened to the George Guidall reading, which is truly excellent, but this version is just as good.
One minor beef: sound quality was not ideal - quite heavy in the base registry - surprising with such a modern recording; dont think it was my headphones, but try a sample first if you are thinkng of buying the book, though I wouldn't let this put you off.
I really enjoyed this. I knew the story from various adaptions and this full length reading didn't disappoint. The narration was excellent. It was slow enough and each voice was distinct enough that the russian names didn't confuse.
"A true thriller to withstand time"
The pacing of the narrator's voice is timed impeccably with the mood of the story and the subtleties and idiosyncrasies and just everything was done beautifully. The narration was flawless. I hope every audiobook experience to echo this one. Words cannot convey the depth of my praise for this.
Please do yourself a favour and do whatever necessary to read this timeless classic. It will change your definition of brilliance for the better, and raise your standards of fiction immeasurably.
I had been encouraged by a Russian Orthodox Priest to read Crime & Punishment so was delighted to find it in the Audible listing. I was totally drawn into the story by the way Anthony Heald narrated it and couldn't wait for the next opportunity to continue listening. In some way this is a dark story but it is an amazing study of humanity under pressure. I highly recommend this Russian Classic by one or Russia's great authors.
"settle down to a good yarn"
My first Dostoevsky novel and he can certainly weave a tale. Beautifully translated with memorable characters, this novel has longevity. What I liked most was how some chapters and scenes in the book could evoke totally opposite emotions simultaneously (e.g. the dinner service after the funeral-hilarious or tragic? Or maybe one because of the other)
Did not like or agree with the ending though and certainly don’t believe that the main character was punished enough for his crime (felt cheated) which to some extend makes me question the authors character.
Anthony Heald’s reading is simply superb. His vocal range not only brought all the numerous personalities to life, male or female, but also made identifying each one rather easy. He is so good in fact that I have my eye on another one of his narrations “fathers and sons” by Turgenev.
"Brilliant to hear again and again."
so much to be got out of the story on many different levels -a rich experience.
"Don't listen to some, the narration is excellent."
Fantastic book and wonderfully narrated. I have seen some reviews lambasting the narration, I thought the opposite and hope I find more books read by Anthony Heald. He brought life and emotion to a great old story.
"Who thought an American narrator was a good idea?"
A different narrator - Anthony Heald's accent constantly grated on me and seemed inappropriate to the setting of the novel. I got to hour 18 and couldn't bear any more - only audio book I've not finished.
'Crime & Punishment' has a good claim to be the greatest novel ever written, but it needs focus and concentration to get the best from it. It has superb characters, a firm sense of place and time and deals with heavy weight themes of guilt and redemption, so it's not a light read, but it is so deeply rewarding if you give it the attention it warrants.
Paul Shelley, Martin Jarvis, Simon Russell Beal, Micheal Kitchen ... Would love to hear David Collings reading this, actually.
Disappointment and frustration that I couldn't get to the end of this, and that such a great book had been so let down by the choice of narrator.
If you are listening to this, the Russian names can be very complex as the same character is referred to by 2 or 3 different names. I would keep a list of characters with you (Wikipedia is good) to refer to if you get confused.
My first foray into classic Russian literature and enjoyable. It is not easy but it is well read which helps immensely as it gives you a chance of keeping on top of who is who...the many different Russian named characters are hard to keep up with.
The key thing I was left with was the sense of atmosphere that the writing manages to convey....you are taken to historic Russia and you do grapple with the moral questions that confront our main protagonist.
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