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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin. 

This Penguin Classic is performed by Don Warrington, known for his roles in Death in Paradise and The Five as well as his multiple Shakespearean performances. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Oliver Ready.   

Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year 2014.

This acclaimed new translation of Dostoyevsky's 'psychological record of a crime' gives his dark masterpiece of murder and pursuit a renewed vitality, expressing its jagged, staccato urgency and fevered atmosphere as never before. Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders alone through the slums of St. Petersburg, deliriously imagining himself above society's laws. But when he commits a random murder, only suffering ensues. Embarking on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, Raskolnikov finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. Only Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute, can offer the chance of redemption.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) was born in Moscow and made his name in 1846 with the novella Poor Folk. He spent several years in prison in Siberia as a result of his political activities, an experience which formed the basis of The House of the Dead. In later life, he fell in love with a much younger woman and developed a ruinous passion for roulette. His subsequent great novels include Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Demons and The Brothers Karamazov.

Oliver Ready is Research Fellow in Russian Society and Culture at St Antony's College, Oxford. He is general editor of the anthology, The Ties of Blood: Russian Literature from the 21st Century (2008) and Consultant Editor for Russia, Central and Eastern Europe at the Times Literary Supplement.

Translation Copyright: Oliver Ready 2014.

Public Domain (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"A truly great translation.... This English version really is better." (A. N. Wilson, The Spectator)

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Best translation on audible – mediocre narrator

As far as I can tell, every other unabridged English translation on audible is the inferior one by Constance Garnett. Now, I don't have the same anti-Garnett bias that others do, and I can admit that her translations of Chekhov and Tolstoy are quite good, but Dostoevsky is too chatty for Garnett's British formality.

That's why this audio book release is worth celebrating! Oliver Ready's translation is appropriately tough and unpretentious, while still maintaining the intellectual vigor of the novel. Thus, I'd say if you're looking for a Crime and Punishment audiobook, go with this one.

Unfortunately, Don Warrington's narration is hit-or-miss, though he gets better as the book goes along. My guess is that Mr. Warrington is a talented actor who is new to audio-book narration, as his voice conveys tone and is suitably emotional, but he doesn't have enough vocal variety to distinguish from the characters and his tone is too flat for such a gritty work as Crime and Punishment. Overall, it's a shame that Penguin didn't go with a better narrator, but this is still worth listening to if you'd like to read such an important novel in a good translation.

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A masterpiece performed by a marvelous reader

The first few words uttered by Mr. Warrington immediately transported me to the vibe and scene of the story. Don Warrington is a great voice talent, capable of effortlessly carving out distinct figures with all their characters and personalities.

I used to assume Crime and Punishment is great but dull or inaccessible. Mr. Warrington’s rendition now proves how wrong I have been.

Brothers Karamazov is my next book to explore. Unfortunately, I haven’t come across a version featuring Don Warrington.

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Voice gets irritating after a while

The story is great but the voice of Don Warrington did not agree with me. After a while, it became too irritating, particularly when he read lines by female characters.

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long story important story

loved the story and the way it was read. Would recommend to all interested in learning how a mind can fool oneself to the unimaginable.

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A Classic Finished

I had chosen this book decaded ago for my final paper in AP English my senior year in high school. I never finished it. Reading it was tiring and confusing for me because of the elaborate Russian names and surnames used. This recording helped me keep each character in mind with the narrator's change in voice character. Dostoevsky is a brilliant and detailed writer. He helps you to feel the stiffling poverty, the suspense and anxiety of each character brilliantly. I am so happy that I could finally finish this beautiful classic!

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Hard to listen to.

Although this is probably the more accessible translation of this title on audible, it's still very difficult to listen to. not only is the Narration not very good, The book is filled with long winded dialogue between multiple characters, sometimes 4+ characters at once and it is really difficult to distinguish them from each other, so unless your listening very closely or are familiar with the text, you will most surely lose the thread of what is going on eventually, this makes this book very frustrating to listen to.
I would not reccomend wasting a credit on this book no matter the translation or Narration. Instead get a cheap used copy of the book and read it, that way you can take your time and unpack the book at your own pace.
if your wanting a dostoevsky book to listen to I might reccomend the brothers karamazov or House of the dead. Brothers karamazov is a bit more accessible and is easier to keep together in your head while driving or casually listening. but if your looking for an very elementary introduction into dostoevsky i would highly reccomend house of the dead. it is very accessible and very interesting.

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Horrid Narration!

I wasn't even able to listen to an hour of this. It was just awful, muttering and hard to understand what he was saying!

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dostoevsky improved. good translation.

the translation is smooth and accurate. reading good, but a little monotone. great audiobook and wonderful walking companion.

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Very good book

Excellent story, very deep and ideas about the arrogance of the individual. The writing did not age well, but I suppose that is true for all classics.

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Well....

Well... I’m glad I read it, and parts were very deep and complexly satisfying. However, I don’t think I would recommend it. Throughout the entire story, I found myself undulating between loving it and wanting to read everything Dostoevsky, (as this book was my first), and hating it, feeling like it would never end. Part of me still does have a hunger to pursue more Dostoevsky, but I’m not sure what makes it so! 🤨🤣

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  • Alex R
  • 12-27-20

Fantastic voice

I thought ‘getting through’ one of the greats was going to be a chore, but this book is exceptionally gripping and narrated with a voice like chocolate

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  • B.L. M.
  • 02-08-21

CLASSIC IN EVERY SENSE

The narrator was brilliant...the story of course is brilliant..not sure if the Audio book was even better than the paperback.

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  • Ryan
  • 07-21-21

This is THE definitive Crime and Punishment Audiob

The best and most current translation. This version is accessible, fresh and exciting. This is THE definitive Crime and Punishment Audiobook. Don Warrington's voice is a pleasure to listen to. Simply brilliant.

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  • Rehan H.
  • 10-14-21

My first Audible Audiobook!

An absolute masterpiece! I have been meaning to read ‘Crime and Punishment’ for some time and finally took the leap to get an Audible subscription and this, of course, was on the very top of my list!

A riveting book from start to finish, the writer, Fyodor Dostoevsky, really was a masterclass at writing a compelling story, filled to brim with complex characters, with very intricate motives and world views!

The story always feels realistic, however and grounded in real life experience.

Don Warrington did an outstanding job at narrating the audiobook and his voice perfectly suited the brooding and introspective tale!

A definite 10/10!

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  • David Graieg
  • 10-31-20

A classic

This considered one of the greatest novels of all time. I found it a little hard to follow at times but it had some captivating moments. Audible needs to add chapter titles.