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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Crime and Punishment is a Great Book with characters that delve into profound psychological, spiritual, social and political themes, revealing Dostoevsky’s insight into the human condition.
Mr. Gregory places his extraordinary depth of understanding and artistry at our service as he leads us on Raskolnikov’s journey through the neighborhoods of St. Petersburg and his psyche. Gregory’s Russian background lends a cultural accuracy to his pronunciation and enhances the experience of the story’s environment and atmosphere. I got more out of the novel by listening to this reader than I would have if I’d only read the book myself. I promise that you will be thrilled by moments when you realize that not only have you completely entered into the story but Mr. Gregory has, too.
He portrays the excruciating conflict of Rodia's madness and philosophy; Razumikhin’s optimism; the delicacy and nobility of Raskolnikov's mother and sister; Svidrigailov’s complexity; Porfiry Petrovich’s patience – and he makes it seem effortless – the true mark of a master.
Outstanding passages include:
Raskolnikov’s interior monologue at end of Part III
Porfiry Petrovich Part VI, Chapter II
Dmitry Prokofyich Vrazumikhin - Part II, Chapter IV (Anywhere, actually!)
Arkady Ivanovich Svidrigaïlov - Part VI, Chapter VI (I was most impressed by the portrayal of this most complicated character.
I predict that in 50 years this recording of Crime and Punishment will be considered a classic and a lasting legacy of Constantine Gregory.
The story itself is a stroke of genius, but the translation is outdated, making some of the scenes too difficult to understand or visualize. Admittedly, this is probably partially Dostoevsky's fault, his writing is known for its profound philosophy and psychology, not its vividness; that said, there are scenes that are meant to be emotional that simply aren't because the language used to describe them isn't familiar enough to this reader. Knowing what a word strictly means and knowing what it's nuances are are two different things. I was still astounded at the timelessness of the ideas.
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!
Loved the acting. You end up aquainted with the characters. The insights of some characters' minds is a lecture in psychology! The story itself with all of its threads keeps you at the edge of your seat.
"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.
"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.
"Crime and punishment."
Was originally published in weekly episodes apparently:this is 'soap opera' for thinking people. Will reward.
"Remarkable book and narration"
A classic which should be read by all during a lifetime. The narration was quite superb with the vast range of characters all clearly defined.Would highly reccomended .
"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.
"Verbose. Droll. Unimaginative."
If this is Classic literature, I'll stick with more modern works.
Tried a bit too hard to add authentic Russian pronunciations to character names and places. All it did was make it more difficult to differentiate between the massive crowd of primary and secondary characters.
Not for me.
Tried for over 8 hours to stick with this agonizing novel but finally had to pull the plug. Plan on trying to return it!
This is a book to be studied rather than enjoyed I feel. Story was weak, appreciate it may have been ground breaking at the time but seriously dull.
It was a crime it is listed as a 'classic' and a punishment to read!
"Hard to follow"
Story worth listening to if you can keep up with the various characters names. Mainly Russian names hence making it somewhat difficult.
"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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