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Featured title in the 2018 PBS Great American Reads

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 listen to 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.

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

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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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good book good performance

Great narrator, shocked when I heard the n word though. caught me off guard completely

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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.

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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