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A century after it first appeared, Crime and Punishment remains one of the most gripping psychological thrillers. A poverty-stricken young man, seeing his family making sacrifices for him, is faced with an opportunity to solve his financial problems with one simple but horrifying act: the murder of a pawnbroker. She is, he feels, just a parasite on society. But does the end justify the means? Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov makes his decision and then has to live with it. Dostoyevsky, in masterly fashion, contrasts the comedy and tragedy of life in St. Petersburg with the anguish and turmoil of Raskolnikov's inner life.

Public Domain (P)2013 Naxos AudioBooks

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A masterpiece

Dostoyevsky's timeless "Crime and Punishment" has been masterfully recorded by Gregory. The story is by no means enjoyable, it is the account of a tormented soul and the effect it produces on the reader / listener is a wildly fascinating blend of despair over the injustice of the world and awe of the "mad russian's" magnificent story telling.

Gregory's narration is excellent, he produces characters perfectly distinct from each other by means of ever so slight changes in intonation, without emplying "mock-voices". His protagonists are authentic and their individual voices bare the complex ethical nuances Dostoyevsky intended for them.

All in all, to those unfamiliar with this work, it is in my opinion the ideal way of consuming one of the most fantastic literary pieces of all time.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Great!

Dostoyevsky's novels are among the very best ever written. This narration is excellent; I listened to it a second time as soon as I completed it. The themes of the book are timeless and are as vital today as they were in Dostoyevsky's day.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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What a great listen!!

Constantine Gregory made this hard read, amazing and fun!.
I enjoyed listening to his dramatic and comic performance while not missing the beautiful story.
Wow. A must!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Need a newer translation

The story itself is a stroke of genius, but the translation is outdated, making some of the scenes too difficult to understand or visualize. Admittedly, this is probably partially Dostoevsky's fault, his writing is known for its profound philosophy and psychology, not its vividness; that said, there are scenes that are meant to be emotional that simply aren't because the language used to describe them isn't familiar enough to this reader. Knowing what a word strictly means and knowing what it's nuances are are two different things. I was still astounded at the timelessness of the ideas.

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Marvelous

Although I would have liked to listen to a better translation of the book, the performance by Constantine Gregory is simply matchless. Fascinating book and stunning reader.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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45 years between 1st and 2nd reading--Again!

it may have been wasted on me first time b/c I was green but what a jolt now I've been around the block a few times

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Fascinating Narrator

This was a great story that was made even greater and more real by the narrator!

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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The Reader is Equal to the Material.

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Crime and Punishment is a Great Book with characters that delve into profound psychological, spiritual, social and political themes, revealing Dostoevsky’s insight into the human condition.<br/><br/>Mr. Gregory places his extraordinary depth of understanding and artistry at our service as he leads us on Raskolnikov’s journey through the neighborhoods of St. Petersburg and his psyche. Gregory’s Russian background lends a cultural accuracy to his pronunciation and enhances the experience of the story’s environment and atmosphere. I got more out of the novel by listening to this reader than I would have if I’d only read the book myself. I promise that you will be thrilled by moments when you realize that not only have you completely entered into the story but Mr. Gregory has, too. <br/><br/>He portrays the excruciating conflict of Rodia's madness and philosophy; Razumikhin’s optimism; the delicacy and nobility of Raskolnikov's mother and sister; Svidrigailov’s complexity; Porfiry Petrovich’s patience – and he makes it seem effortless – the true mark of a master. <br/><br/>Outstanding passages include:<br/>Raskolnikov’s interior monologue at end of Part III<br/>Porfiry Petrovich Part VI, Chapter II<br/>Dmitry Prokofyich Vrazumikhin - Part II, Chapter IV (Anywhere, actually!)<br/>Arkady Ivanovich Svidrigaïlov - Part VI, Chapter VI (I was most impressed by the portrayal of this most complicated character.<br/><br/>I predict that in 50 years this recording of Crime and Punishment will be considered a classic and a lasting legacy of Constantine Gregory.

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A famous novel - but really, really hard work

Would you try another book from Fyodor Dostoyevsky and/or Constantine Gregory?

I might do, if feeling masochistic -after all, D is a world-famous novelist. Gregory is excellent.

What was most disappointing about Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s story?

I teach 19thC English literature and have read 100s of novels (mostly British) of the period. God, this was hard-going! I realise it's D's ambition to plumb the motives of the murderer's mind and also I realise that Raskolnikov is the prototype of many nihilistic, 'outsider' killers that the new great metropolises were apparently throwing up in the late Victorian era. But long, long before the end I just wanted him to confess and get it over. Also, Sonya must be just about the least convincing prostitute of all time. D. very wisely doesn't attempt to show her servicing a client! (I had the idea that D is outspoken about sex compared to English novelists of the period, but that isn't true at all. He's quite the prude.)

What about Constantine Gregory’s performance did you like?

Excellent. His manages all those jaw-cracking Russian names with never a miss, and even in the long, tedious passages where R. is agonising over the state of his soul he always sounds eager to do his best.

Was Crime and Punishment worth the listening time?

Well, sort of - I was determined to get to the end but the last section nearly defeated me. Glad to have done it, but glad never have to do it again.

Any additional comments?

I thought Henry James can be hard work, but he's a breeze compared to D.

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  • Dotty
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 02-13-15

Good story, reading

Well it's Dostoyevsky, what is there to say? Very depressing and long winded, but at the heart of it, a really interesting story. Most books suffer terribly from abridgment - I dare say this would not. The most enjoyable parts of this book is when the main character is discussing the nature of crime and who may commit it. More often than not, though, it was a rather boring angst-fest. I hate to say that, but there it is. The reader did quite a good job, I enjoyed the performance!

9 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • trufflesmummy
  • 07-19-16

Last two words are missing which is a nuisance..

Engaging story with so much value to general life and different perspectives. It was an excellent choice of narrator, who carried and delivered it impeccably. The last two words missing off the entire book however took the shine off at the last possible moment. The missing words are 'has ended'. Please amend this Audible because it is not obvious how to contact you.

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  • Mr.J.Bleakley.
  • 09-28-16

Crime and punishment.

Was originally published in weekly episodes apparently:this is 'soap opera' for thinking people. Will reward.

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  • Mr. Acapella
  • 05-23-15

Brilliant reading of this classic

I read this book years ago and enjoyed it. But was somewhat confused 2nd time round by the web of Russian names. Considered giving up. But glad to have persisted as the story comes together in masterful way in the final chapters. Superb reading by narrator.

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  • Mr. Jw Perks
  • 09-11-15

Great and thoughtful Russian classic

Well read without the need to voice act this tale might be the first psychological crime novel. I could not imagine how it would end. I came to the story with no preconceptions and really enjoyed the portrait of a man in moral conflict. The reader caught the spirit of the translation perfectly.

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  • NICHOLA JAYNE SANDERSON
  • 09-06-16

Remarkable book and narration

A classic which should be read by all during a lifetime. The narration was quite superb with the vast range of characters all clearly defined.Would highly reccomended .

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  • CathMac
  • 12-05-17

The narrator does a brilliant job

Where does Crime and Punishment rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Probably the second best audio book i have ever listened to firstly due to the truly excellent narration and secondly because of the author's unique talent for portraying the different characters including their thoughts and moods. The story is gripping and moves along at a fair clip keeping the listener hooked.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Crime and Punishment?

That would be giving the story away! It is so incredibly well written.

Have you listened to any of Constantine Gregory’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No but I will do.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It didn't make me laugh or cry but I enjoyed it hugely and am very glad I bought it.

Any additional comments?

I cannot praise the narration enough. He alters his pitch and accent to portray the different characters so convincingly that I had to remind myself at times that it was just one person reading. He pronounces all the Russian names so well - at least it seems that way to me but I don't speak Russian!

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  • biscuitfiend
  • 11-19-17

wonderful story and great reader.

An amazing story which leaves you contemplating good & evil. The narration was well performed and really enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-19-17

Inspirational and riveting argument against Nihilism

The storytelling was incredibly effective in concealing the underlying philosophical arguments of Dostoyevsky so as to prevent them becoming obvious and therefore making the story itself superfluous. Gregory presented the book very well, pronouncing the difficult names simply and using voices which distinguished each character. Excellent book, and a great classic.

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  • Gillian Poole
  • 08-09-17

Crime and punishment

This was so boring and not good
So I rated it 1 satar it was terrible.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-30-16

Hard to follow

Story worth listening to if you can keep up with the various characters names. Mainly Russian names hence making it somewhat difficult.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-17

Remarkable!

The main character takes you on a mad nail biting journey.

With the help of excellent narration you can almost feel the heat in the streets and taste the dusty air.