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Crime and Punishment | [Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)]

Crime and Punishment

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".
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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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    Aazir 11-15-12
    Aazir 11-15-12
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    "Great reading and great writing"

    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

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    Ryan Atlanta, GA, United States 09-16-12
    Ryan Atlanta, GA, United States 09-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A little hard to follow, better in retrospect"
    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


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    Molly Brookings, OR, USA 08-27-08
    Molly Brookings, OR, USA 08-27-08
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    "This audio is NOT UNABRIDGED."

    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.

    12 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Danny Derby largo 02-01-14
    Danny Derby largo 02-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Toooooo loooong"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    cutting it in half would have improved the book


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    you get a sense of how a crime can haunt you and over time make you a crazy


    What three words best describe Anthony Heald’s performance?

    great


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    vencincia TACOMA, WA, United States 01-18-14
    vencincia TACOMA, WA, United States 01-18-14
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    "not the right book"
    Would you try another book from Fyodor Dostoevsky and Constance Garnett (translator) and/or Anthony Heald?

    I thought I needed this book for school but wrong one


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Patrician briggs


    What didn’t you like about Anthony Heald’s performance?

    Didn't read


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Didn't read


    Any additional comments?

    Would like to exchange

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    Tammy 01-27-10
    Tammy 01-27-10
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    "Dark and dismal!!"

    This is one of the most dismal, no hope books I've ever read. From the things we've ever heard or read about Russia/Soviet Union, this just confirms what we think/believe about suppression, loss of hope, etc. The character is a student who can't afford to go to school anymore, barely exists in a small room, has pawned everything just to have a little bit of money, and then murders someone for what he thinks she may have but gets so overwhelmed with his guilt that he spirals downward and feels like everyone knows he's guilty. It was terribly depressing with the descriptions of life in Russia.

    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    James Foster, RI, USA 09-02-08
    James Foster, RI, USA 09-02-08
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    "Breathless"

    By which I mean to say that the narration had me positively exasperated. There were so many gasping breaths and turn-blue-in-the-face strings of sentences that I found myself concentrating largely on the reading of the book and not the story. The novel is mediocre, extremely slow in places, riveting and suspenseful in others. Any novel that does a half decent job at getting into the head of a confused sociopath earns at least two stars in my opinion. All in all, by the end of the story, I was more than ready to put down my iPod, choke the narrator, and send myself to Siberia.

    0 of 12 people found this review helpful
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