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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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.
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!
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.
"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.
"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.
"Psychology, poverty and philosophy"
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
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
it saved it because it helped a lot with keeping track on what name was used
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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