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Crime and Punishment Audiobook
Crime and Punishment
Written by: 
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Narrated by: 
Constantine Gregory
Crime and Punishment Audiobook

Crime and Punishment

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Publisher's Summary

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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    G. Green 10-11-15
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    "Great!"

    Dostoyevsky's novels are among the very best ever written. This narration is excellent; I listened to it a second time as soon as I completed it. The themes of the book are timeless and are as vital today as they were in Dostoyevsky's day.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy 02-20-16
    Timothy 02-20-16
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    "A masterpiece"

    Dostoyevsky's timeless "Crime and Punishment" has been masterfully recorded by Gregory. The story is by no means enjoyable, it is the account of a tormented soul and the effect it produces on the reader / listener is a wildly fascinating blend of despair over the injustice of the world and awe of the "mad russian's" magnificent story telling.

    Gregory's narration is excellent, he produces characters perfectly distinct from each other by means of ever so slight changes in intonation, without emplying "mock-voices". His protagonists are authentic and their individual voices bare the complex ethical nuances Dostoyevsky intended for them.

    All in all, to those unfamiliar with this work, it is in my opinion the ideal way of consuming one of the most fantastic literary pieces of all time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    inbar 02-16-16
    inbar 02-16-16 Member Since 2015

    words lover

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    "What a great listen!!"

    Constantine Gregory made this hard read, amazing and fun!.
    I enjoyed listening to his dramatic and comic performance while not missing the beautiful story.
    Wow. A must!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen N. Wagner 11-01-15

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    "45 years between 1st and 2nd reading--Again!"

    it may have been wasted on me first time b/c I was green but what a jolt now I've been around the block a few times

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

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    "Fascinating Narrator"

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

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    Emily H. Pennsylvania 03-12-16
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    Although I would have liked to listen to a better translation of the book, the performance by Constantine Gregory is simply matchless. Fascinating book and stunning reader.

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

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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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    Payam 06-29-16
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    "Enjoyed listening!"

    Great narrator. very easy to understand.
    the story is of course a classic and delves deep into the thoughts of the main character.

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    Swakie NY, NY United States 06-28-16
    Swakie NY, NY United States 06-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Remarkable, the majestic Genius of Doestoyevsky"

    I'm so excited to have finished my first Doestoyevsky book! His work is beyond this world. How he conveys the depth of his characters and their inner experience...while contemplating fundamental philosophical principals. He is a genius psychologist for sure. And the narrator of this audiobook is outstanding, couldn't have been better. He captured the depth of the material and had a perfect voice for each character.

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    kenneth 07-31-15
    kenneth 07-31-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent"

    Sublime at many points, tedious at other. Absolute must as central narrative in European civilization. Unfortunately anti Semitic.

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    "Last two words are missing which is a nuisance.."

    Engaging story with so much value to general life and different perspectives. It was an excellent choice of narrator, who carried and delivered it impeccably. The last two words missing off the entire book however took the shine off at the last possible moment. The missing words are 'has ended'. Please amend this Audible because it is not obvious how to contact you.

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  • Mr. Jw Perks
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    9/11/15
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    "Great and thoughtful Russian classic"

    Well read without the need to voice act this tale might be the first psychological crime novel. I could not imagine how it would end. I came to the story with no preconceptions and really enjoyed the portrait of a man in moral conflict. The reader caught the spirit of the translation perfectly.

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  • Mr. Acapella
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    5/23/15
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    "Brilliant reading of this classic"

    I read this book years ago and enjoyed it. But was somewhat confused 2nd time round by the web of Russian names. Considered giving up. But glad to have persisted as the story comes together in masterful way in the final chapters. Superb reading by narrator.

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  • GenKan
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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


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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