George Guidall's performance of this literary classic transports the audience to the slums of St. Petersburg and deep into the mind of Rodion Raskolnikov, a young Russian intellectual. Raskolnikov murders an old woman, a money-lender and pawn-broker he considers repugnant. He reasons that he'll repay his crimes with good deeds. Although he justifies the murder using reason and intellect, he is ultimately consumed by guilt. Crime and Punishment is one of the most influential works of literature in the world. Guidall's tremulous voice captures the severity and suspense of this story, making this an unforgettable experience for the listener.
Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.
Translation by Constance Garnett, originally published in 1917.
Public Domain (P)1991 by Recorded Books, Inc.
"The novels of Dostoevsky are seething whirlpools...which hiss and boil and suck us in. They are composed purely and wholly of the stuff of the soul." (Virginia Woolf)
It takes a little to get through this novel, but it's well worth the time. There's a reason it's a classic, and if you're willing to put some thought into it, I think you will be rewarded. It's also worth the time to do a little bit of background reading on Dostoevsky and the time when this book was written.
Honestly, this isn't the type of book that would keep me turning pages late into the night, and that's why I really appreciated the audiobook. The narrator wasn't the most dynamic of narrators, but to be honest, I far prefer a mellow narrator to one who feels it's necessary to over act and over dramaticize every character. Also, this wasn't a fast narration, but again, just take your time, put some thought into it and I think you'll appreciate it too.
I've gotten into the habit of trying to read and listen to a lot of books lately. The reason being is that I feel I somehow get a richer experience and absorb more of the detail reinforcing it this way. Unfortunately with this title however, while the book itself is brilliant, the author here is dreadful. He executes so many sentences with misplaced emphasis and his often stacato speech is hard to listen to. I also must say I felt he failed to embody Raskolnikov's arrogant, yet introspective and self-pitying character very well. His tone of voice always presents him as fragile and ready to cave into the slightest pressure, but that's not the light in which he was written.
The book is fantastic. No doubt it ranks among the best. But the narrator...My god, he gives life to each and every character....he is crime and punishment..
Must have on your library
This was an excellent reading of a good translation of Dostoevsky's novel. Guidall does a great job of varying character voices so as to keep the story flowing and clearly understood.
It is what it is. Pensive, intriguing, long... Don't make it your first Dostoevsky novel, and certainly don't let it be your last, but give it a chance. Things don't really get going until part two, of course.
The Narration here is excellent. Guidall is a master.
. . .in its portrayal of man's complex inner landscape. There are several long set-pieces of dialogue between R. and others that are engrossing in their revelation of the personality and thought processes of various individuals. An epic novel read superbly by Guidal. It is heavy in theme but nuanced, even light, in detail. We are not left with the slightest sympathy for R.--we ARE left overwhelmed and engrossed by this overarching work. Read it!
This is the best reading that they have. He is consistence, he dose not try to over perform, and above all he don't ruin the character's dialogue in some lousy attempt to change his voice as a female character. I went through the whole book.
After listening to several brilliant readings of Dickens by David Case, this Dostoevsky was unbearably heavy going: comically slow and met-ic-ul-ous-ly en-unc-i-ated, as if meant for an audience of beginning English-speakers.
There's a new, reportedly brilliant translation (Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky) which I'm going to read, not listen to. Perhaps Audible will add it to their list.
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