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Fascinating, prescient, psychological
Dostoevsky draws his characters in the same way you might learn about a new friend or coworker- he plunges you into a first impression, and then feeds you details and background throughout the story to complete the picture. In this way you not only know the characters, you feel something for them( good or bad) when he is done.
The scene when Svidrigailov has Dunia trapped in his room, confesses his plans for her, and then becomes ominously unwilling to let her go. I found myself literally cheering for Dunia when she defended herself and finally gets away. She seemed to be the one character of the story who was self possessed and strong in her convictions.
The narration was incredible- it really brought the characters to life.
Anthony Heald is a truly wonderful reader. I've tried many times to read C&P, both on my own and via different recordings. Each time I failed, although I knew I was missing out on a classic and important piece of literature. Finally, I came to this outstanding performance and the story came to life in Heald's capable hands. He rendered each character with distinction and gave each sentence clarity. I'm so glad I own this recording, so I can appreciate it again and again. Bravo!
Dark, gritty, real
The confession to Sonia
Inside the mind of a madman
This is a dark and gritty novel.
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!
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