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Crime and Punishment | [Fyodor Dostoyevsky]

Crime and Punishment

A century after it first appeared, Crime and Punishment remains one of the most gripping psychological thrillers. A poverty-stricken young man, seeing his family making sacrifices for him, is faced with an opportunity to solve his financial problems with one simple but horrifying act: the murder of a pawnbroker. She is, he feels, just a parasite on society. But does the end justify the means? Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov makes his decision and then has to live with it.
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A century after it first appeared, Crime and Punishment remains one of the most gripping psychological thrillers. A poverty-stricken young man, seeing his family making sacrifices for him, is faced with an opportunity to solve his financial problems with one simple but horrifying act: the murder of a pawnbroker. She is, he feels, just a parasite on society. But does the end justify the means? Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov makes his decision and then has to live with it. Dostoyevsky, in masterly fashion, contrasts the comedy and tragedy of life in St. Petersburg with the anguish and turmoil of Raskolnikov's inner life.

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    Heather H. Arvada, CO USA 04-23-15 Member Since 2015

    Mystic of the Real

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    This was a great story that was made even greater and more real by the narrator!

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    Dotty Los Angeles, CA 02-13-15
    Dotty Los Angeles, CA 02-13-15 Member Since 2014

    Huckleberry

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    "Good story, reading"

    Well it's Dostoyevsky, what is there to say? Very depressing and long winded, but at the heart of it, a really interesting story. Most books suffer terribly from abridgment - I dare say this would not. The most enjoyable parts of this book is when the main character is discussing the nature of crime and who may commit it. More often than not, though, it was a rather boring angst-fest. I hate to say that, but there it is. The reader did quite a good job, I enjoyed the performance!

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    Jonathan OGDEN, UT, United States 03-04-15
    Jonathan OGDEN, UT, United States 03-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Yuck. What have I gotten myself into."

    The performance is top notch but the story is long and quite frankly not one that interest me. If you want a long story that never really goes anywhere and will have you questioning all the positive reviews listen away.

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    "Psychology, poverty and philosophy"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Most likely no, its far too heavy and long. Unless you are very much into psychology or russian writers (and names) its not for you


    What did you like best about this story?

    The constant struggle between getting away with a crime, not feeling like the person he wronged was even human, yet feeling like he done something horrible, at the same time having a view of "special" people having "special" laws due to their greatness


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    it saved it because it helped a lot with keeping track on what name was used


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    The book was good, picked it up mostly because it seems like a lot of people I work with think its a classic and a masterpiece. At first I was irritated with the constant fluctuation of emotions within the main character, but that slowly faded and I got use to it. After all he was very unstable

    The only real flaw or thing that wasn't to my liking was how they used names, it felt like everyone had two names and a nickname that different people used at different times. This was very confusing and the fact they had russian names didnt make it easier

    Also think the pace of the book was off, most of it really happened in last 10% of the book. Guess ti was a nice way of tying it up

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