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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.
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.
Tell us about yourself!I am an avid reader but enjoy listening while waking to work, ironing, doing dishes, etc. Listening to novels is an entirely different experience than reading; a well narrated story is a cross between drama and written fiction. Listening to books on Audible has been a wonderful experience.
Anthony Heald's narration. He does a great job with the difficult Russian names and places
Raskolnifov's existentialist vision
No. It required thought and processing as I listened.
Before there were works by Nietzsche, Camus, and Sartre, Dostoevsky wrote this brilliant fictional representation of what existentialism would later become. In this novel there are powerful, clear cut previews of Camus' "The Stranger" and "Myth of Sisyphus" among others. This work is not particularly uplifting (although not totally without redemption), but it is an insightful prelude of a philosophical movement that would own much of the 20th century. If you like that kind of thing, this is definitely worth the time.
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