What makes someone ordinary or extraordinary? Can a poor, sickly boy be considered extraordinary? Can extraordinary people take the law into their own hands? Crime and Punishment follows the story of a boy named Raskolnikov who commits a heinous crime because he believes he is in fact extraordinary.
Through an internal battle of whether to confess or not, we follow him through his interactions with a drunk, a prostitute, the government, and his family. We see him do incredible acts of kindness, suffer the consequence of his crime on a physical level, and fall in love with an unlikely character, all while trying to reconcile his ability to be extraordinary and what that really means to society.
Crime and Punishment links families and foes through coincidences as each character impacts Raskolnikov's consciousness. As secrets start to come out, families are torn apart, bonds are broken, and lies are being told; everyone begins to question the intentions of everyone around them.
Raskolnikov must decide whether to confess his crime or to keep harboring the secret, with no one ever realizing how truly extraordinary he is. Will the punishment fit the crime if Raskolnikov's secret comes out?
Public Domain (P)2016 A.R.N. Publications
Crime & Punishment is a great listen with lots of "what will happen next" moments throughout the book. A few parts are a bit slow, and perhaps Dostoyevsky intended for that, but for the most part the story line is quite intriguing and really keeps you guessing of what will happen next, especially towards the end of the book with the looming cloud growing over the head of Raskolnikov... The narration was excellent with very well done character voices and kept a great pace through the entire piece. Definitely a great addition to anyone's collection.
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