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Publisher's Summary

Earphones Award Winner and nominee for the 2019 Audie Award for Best Literary Fiction & Classics Audiobook

Featured title on PBS’s The Great American Read in 2018

Living in a squalid room in St. Petersburg, the indigent but proud Rodion Raskolnikov believes he is above society. Obsessed with the idea of breaking the law, Raskolnikov resolves to kill an old pawnbroker for her cash.

Although the murder and robbery are bungled, Raskolnikov manages to escape without being seen. And with nothing to prove his guilt and a mendacious confessor in police custody, Raskolnikov seems to have committed the perfect crime. But in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s world of moral transgressions, with its reason and its consequences, Raskolnikov’s plan has a devastating hitch: the feverish delirium of his own conscience.

AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to hear a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature’s most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.

Revised edition: Previously published as Crime and Punishment, this edition of Crime and Punishment (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Brilliant!

I was completely enraptured by this book, I found myself thinking about it while trying to complete homework! I would highly recommend this excellent piece of literature to all.

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Take on a Classic

I loved this take on a classic. The narrator did a great job of presenting the internal dialogue and external events in this book. Highly recommend.

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Amazing

It’s a book, that if in high school, that I never would’ve imagined reading. But, it’s now one of my favorites. Beautiful, in-depth and full of sad irony. I hold it in a special place.

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Classic story and great naration

The audible recording was cheaper than all others of the same book so I was a little leery. However, the narration was top notch - one of my favorite narration. On the story, of course, one of the all-time classics. Widely considered one of the top books ever written, this book both keeps your attention and teaches some great philosophical principles and lessons.

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simply a classic

A must read. Very deep thinking. Philosophical. Dramatic. Honest. Captivating. Something every person should read.

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Interesting

I went into reading this book with no preconceptions. I had heard of it, but really did not know what it was about. Candidly, the writing is a little stilted for my taste and can be difficult to deal with, particularly when you factor in the constant use of the larger than needed Russian names. Having said that, I found it to be an interesting look at the topic of crime and what it can do to a person. I also enjoyed the view of Russia in the mid-1800s.

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Impossible to listen to.

Got to read this one if it’s your first time. Won’t make much sense unless your paying close attention. Got to get into the book and actually think with this one.

Utterly impossible to listen to casually in the car. Too much there, at times I thought I was listening to a foreign language, just could not keep it all together, I felt really dumb. I used spark notes character list to memorize the 2-3 different names each char has, by end of book you can keep up with names, but characters were strangers all the way through for me.
Try Tolstoy if your new to Russian classics. Simpler and a more enjoyable.

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Can’t say much negative about it

The narration was excellent. The only better narrated audio book I’ve ever listened to was “between the world and me,” and that was because it was by the author, Ta-Nehisi Coates. “Crime and Punishment” is rightfully considered one of the best novels ever written and the story is fantastic. My only problem with this as an audiobook is that it was so long I would have a hard time following the story closely enough to pay attention to all the details, which is a problem with me and not the book itself. I definitely recommend this reading of this classic novel if you’re considering it.

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Well done

Narrator does an awesome job of presenting this story. Each character is recognizable and the dialogue is read with ther proper emotion.

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excellent classic. great performance and narrative

this is a classic. this audio book is well done well performed and the narrative is really good

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  • QueenStoneage
  • 02-24-21

My First (but not last) Dostoyevsky

I have a few Dostoyevsky books on my bookshelf (makes me look clever, innit) but have never got round to reading them due to their intimidating thickness. The audiobook seemed like a manageable alternative. I must say, the 20 hours flew by. I absolutely loved this book and it gripped my attention for about 99% of the time - this is a miracle in itself as I am very easily distracted by shiny things.

James Anderson Foster, the narrator, is brilliant. I know there are other narrators to choose from but I can't imagine them being any better than Foster.

This tome has been reviewed and dissected by many learned experts, so I shall not even attempt to do so. All I will say is that I will be reading/listening to more of Dostoyevsky's novels.

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  • Tony I
  • 09-26-20

Exciting opening, but slows down a lot.

Starts of well and the first part is quite thrilling.

However the book gradually becomes pre-occupied with the comings and goings of society around the central character and it less about the murders, so slows down a lot. Almost becoming a literary soap opera with all the tangled proposals and "Love Triangles" surrounding Dunya.

The ending is quite well managed and written however. In a way the bulk of the novel does contribute to the overall circumstance the main character finds himself in the final chapters but required a lot of work to get their.

All in all it's well read and narrated. I would recommend on the basis that this is a famous literary work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-20

Relatable and yet from a distant place and time

A great piece of writing, to be read by everyone who is fortunate enough to be able

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  • dylan
  • 07-17-18

Thought provoking

I never read fiction, but every chapter in this book left me speechless. Extremely thought provoking, magnificently performed in audio form

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  • Mossias
  • 09-02-18

Down with high expectations!

As I go on my journey of reading classics, I stumbled upon a problem.
They're classics, therefore no matter how you approach the book you almost certainly have some sort of high regard towards it. That alone, can make a book disappointing.
I expected a book that battles the idea of good and evil, right and wrong and the ever going debate of subjective/objective morals.
Instead, I read a book about a gloomy bunch who fall ill very easily for some reason, with very little actual the "battle of ideas" I expected.
Then again, like always, I might be a complete fool.