©1866 Public Domain; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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.
Great narration for an intensely dry and snooze-inducing story. Obviously the title of my review is in jest, this story is by no means a poo- but it's certainly not the best book I've ever encountered. Be prepared to keep up with some very difficult character names.
I like to read but listening is better.
It did take me a while to get into this book but eventually I got engrossed in it. Part of the problem is that the Russian names were very confusing. I think the fact that I was listening rather than reading the book increased the confusion. Many of the names just sound very similar. Also, a character may not be mentioned for chapters at a time (which for me could be several days or even a week) so that when they are mentioned again it's hard to recall exactly who they were.
To deal with this I once again used Shmoop as a companion source. Shmoop was very useful, although I have to admit that I would have gotten much more out of this book if I had studied it as part of a class or book club.
Anthony Heald's "stop-and-start," hesitant style certainly took some getting used to, but eventually I began to really enjoy it.
No. I have many more stories I want to read! Not enough time.
All the characters had some aspect that I liked and maybe didn't like. The lead I liked because, as he was written, I understood his thoughts. I certainly liked the best friend who was a quality person throughout. They all had something to offer.
Excellent! He kept to the tones of different voices so I didn't get too confused since the names were hard for me. His intonations were just right for each occasion. He kept my attention the whole time.
The power of love.
Now that I've finished this book, I feel I've lost some friends whom I won't see again.
Married to a Presbyterian Pastor - 4 grand children - just returned from a mission trip to Russia - Career - Interior designer
Dostoevsky is an amazing story teller as any reader will know before they pick up his work of Crime and Punishment. The intricate detail of the plot along with the complex character development is a great study of the nature of mankind. Great Read!
Dostoevsky leaves no stone unturned as he explore's the redemption of the characters through their immense suffering. Every character viewpoint is explored level of integrity and greed.
Raskolnikov's sister, Dunya and friend, Sonya, both bring contrasting energy and light in Dostoevsky's dreary theme. Roskolnikov who chooses to commit an appalling crime lives a proverty stricken life both emotionally and physically. Sonya and Dunya ease the gloominess and depravity of Roskolnikov's evil choices. They too are proverty stricken but become willing to sacrifice themselves for the benefit of others.
Never- The book is over 500 pages long and it is much too intense to listen to in one setting.
This may be one book that is best to read rather than listen to. I have the opportunity to listen while I keep busy doing a second task. Crime and Punishment is a must listen to audio book. Each chapter brings something new to the plot and the character's come and go throughtout the chapters. Of course, the Russian names are a bit test for me.
I ended up looking at Cliff Notes Analysis of Major Characters and reading "The Gospel of Dostoevsky" to keep myself on target with the intention of each character.
It feels good to have this "1866" well-known masterpiece under my belt.
Definitely worth the time!
I am going to do "The Idiot" by Dostoevsky in a couple of months. Admittedly, I need a break from the intricacy and detail of Dostoevsky.
Yes. I linked the book and the audiobook so I read at night and then listened to where I left off during my drive to work.
All the characters were clear and different and expertly performed.
Overall a great experience.
Have always wanted to read through this book and now I have accomplished this. Thank you for this great experience.
I've tried to read this many times, and this audiobook finally helped me muscle through it. I'm glad I read it, and I would recommend this book to anyone.
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