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Publisher's Summary

In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".
©1866 Public Domain; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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It could be hard to hear at certain points, and then it would dramatically increase in volume.

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Es un clásico por una razón.

No es un libro fácil de escuchar, pero vale mucho la pena. El narrador es bastante bueno, aunque a veces es difícil acostumbrarse a sus cambios de voces.

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Twentys hrs of listening & I hated for it to end!

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Fabulous book, masterfully narrated! I love Dostoevsky's writing, and appreciated it even more by finding the Spark-notes online and reading the study guide.

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Classic for a reason

Absolutely loved this. The narrator was engaging and carries you along with his words. It felt as if he was telling you his own, very personal story. Great story, great narration. Not to be missed.

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Heald's rendition of Dostoevsky is amazing.

I have never heard a more skillful and amazing reading​ of any audiobook, and I have heard many. Anthony Heald renders every character with amazing depth and emotion. He completely communicates Dostoevsky's incredible story, which is, in my opinion, one of the best novels ever written.

If they spent millions on making a complete movie of Crime and Punishment, they could not make it more entertaining, exciting, or meaningful than does Heald's performance here.

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A great reading of a classic

I have been devouring all of the classics I neglected in my youth. Frankly I am glad I waited until I was older to enjoy them. This is the second book Ive listened to performed by Anthony Heald. I very much enjoy his performances of these great books.

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Exceptional

Great narrator. The characters were handled extremely well! And the detail to tone and cadence was incredible! would definitely recommend.

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Great performance!

The reader did an excellent job with the character voices and made it possible to keep the characters (and their myriad of Russian names) easily sorted and straight while listening!

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Brilliant!

There were times I was afraid to keep reading, I ended up taking many breaks throughout, but when it came to the end I was afraid it would end too soon. I loved the book and would encourage anyone looking to dive into Russian literature to give this a listen.

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So So

This is first book I've read of Dostoevsky, I disliked the excessive wordiness of his writing and repeating the first and last names of characters, however he is a good storyteller and I did gain some insight from this book, unsure if I could recommend though!