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  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett - translator
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 25 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful narration of a masterpiece

  • By John on 07-30-08

Dont be intimidated by its length

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-05

You have to find out for yourself, why this book has been popular for decades. Despite its length, I was unable to stop listening because the story is so moving. It is a completely original story with well developed characters and situations.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • I Know This Much Is True

  • By: Wally Lamb
  • Narrated by: Ken Howard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 749
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 574

In the long awaited follow-up to the highly praised novel She's Come Undone, Dominick Birdsey must come to terms with himself, as well as with the schizophrenic twin brother he has spent his life both protecting and resenting.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Douglas on 03-20-08

A Must Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-05

This is the novel that spurred my addiction to audiobooks. This is a powerfully human story. Lamb enables the reader to experience pain and joy, hope and despair, through his well developed characters. When I finished the very lengthy unabridged version, I felt a strong sense of loss, because I truly missed the characters. Also, his other novel is similarly moving.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Angels and Demons

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,067

World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for fans of The Da Vinci Code

  • By Geoffrey on 04-14-04

just as captivating as the Divince

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-04

I read the DiVinci Code first, so I was annoyed at the initial similarities. But I found this novel to be just as incredible and the narrator is exceptionally good, which really makes this novel one of the best Ive listened to.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Middlesex

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,679

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Waiting It Out

  • By D. N. Meads on 08-28-09

A must read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-04

I can truly say that this novel is one of the best Ive ever read. The story is both funny and touching, the characters are well developed, and more importantly, the narrator is animated and very clear.