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In this classic tale of sin, guilt, and redemption, Dostoevsky draws an illuminating psychological portrait of a poor St. Petersburg student who murders an older moneylender for her cash and to prove his theories about good and evil. After becoming incapacitated by remorse, he finds solace from an unlikely source. Although this is an older recording, performer Walter Zimmerman's precise elocution and dramatic voice make listening to the tale a real pleasure. This is a wonderful way to experience a colossus of literature.

Publisher's Summary

No literary work of fiction exceeds Crime and Punishment for its evocation of the deepest essence of tragedy, pity, and terror.

Raskolnikov, a student in St. Petersburg, murders an old woman, a money-lender, to prove his theory that violence purifies the strong. But no sooner is the deed done than Raskolnikov begins to feel remorse. What follows is one of the greatest psychological studies in world literature.

© & (P)1984 Jimcin Recordings

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  • Louis
  • La Palma, CA, USA
  • 02-14-07

Well Done

Often in reviewing a great performance, it is difficult to determine which worked best; the actual performance or the material on which the performance is based. In the case of this audio book, both the story and the reader are very well done.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Glenn
  • Assonet, MA, USA
  • 07-31-06

Great Book

Great book and very well read although, as I've said in other reviews, people have very different tastes in reading styles so make sure you listen to the sample before ordering.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Katelyn
  • el mirage, AZ, USA
  • 05-16-09

Better than I expected

I loved Dostoevsky's 'The Brothers Karamazov' so I wanted to read this one as well. He has such an interesting sense of humor and a great understanding of people. Even though the story takes place in a different era and part of the world, Dostoevsky makes the character's motivations and responses to everything so real and honest that I can picture all of this happening in modern day America. The narration was decent, I would definitely recommend listening to this book rather than reading it yourself, unless you are familiar with the pronunciation of Russian names.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great Book!

One of my all time favorite books with my all time favorite reader!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A deaf person

What did you like best about this story?

The story cannot be faulted

What didn’t you like about Walter Zimmerman’s performance?

Zimmerman's performance grew more cloying over time. I did not like the way he read the book from the beginning but I plunged on hoping his rendition would improve. It did not. I found myself downloading other books and listening to them instead. However, I found that there were other actors who read CRIME AND PUNISHMENT on Audible and now that I've gotten a version I like I have taken up listening again.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story is compelling, the literary quality is magnificent, the character development is superb, and the plot all too human. Frankly, there is nothing to criticize in this audio book except the reading of it. In other words, the narrator's rendition.

Any additional comments?

I would like my money back on this one. I got it for one credit.

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Like listening to a robot

I've long wished to find time to read this famous (or, perhaps, infamous) novel, but never found the time. Here was--I thought--the perfect solution. However, the reader of this audiobook drones on as if the English language is new to him. The delivery is stilted and choppy, there is absolutely no personality involved, and the reader could be simply reciting a shopping list. Definitely disappointing.

10 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Skip this version - pick another

The audio quality is very poor, with numerous 'ghosts' and mike popping. I couldn't listen after awhile. There must be a better version.

3 of 9 people found this review helpful

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try again later

The audio of this book is horrid. I would try to find simular presentations elsewhere. The book overall is OK, very boring at times.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Timo
  • TampereFinland
  • 10-24-08

Bad sound quality.

This particular version has bad sound quality. Choose some of the other recordings. The book itself is ingenious literary work.

3 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Crime and Punishment

Great book, but the reading sounds like it is computer generated, with no emotion and a monotony which makes it unpleasant to listen to.

2 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Darren
  • 04-15-09

Great classic audio book

I really enjoyable "read", a true audio classic in all its unabridged splendor, and I would recommend it to anyone. The only negative remark I would make it that this audio recording suffers from what is called "print-through" where as you can hear a slight pre-echo of what the narrator is going to say before they say it, which can be quite noticeable and distracting when listened to in a quiet environment.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful