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Publisher's Summary

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?
(P)1994 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.; ©1994 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

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All Time Classic

I decided to get this book after listening to Phillip Yancy's, "The Jesus I Never Knew." Mr. Yancy refers to Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy in the contrast of God's law (Tolstoy) and His grace (Dostoyevsky). I read "Crime & Punishment" more than 30 years ago and remembered that it had a profound affect on me as a young man seeking meaning in life. The book is, of course, a classic--just as I recalled. The audio book is exceptionally well read. I really liked the slow and calculated delivery. I read along with many pages. Accordingly, I appreciated the reader's excellent command of the Russian names. I highly recommend this all time classic.

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If you haven't read it, helps to read a summary!

I had not read this 'classic' but thought at least listening to this abridged version would offer a decent overview--which it did. The challenge, though, is there are many characters FREQUENTLY coming in/out of the plot with long, Russian names thus following the story can be difficult. Several times I had to read the Wikipedia entry which has a summary and character snapshots to follow along.
Overall, a fine presentation.

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Forget Crime, Listening is Punishment Enough.

This book took me forever to get through. Because I'm a committed person and like to finish what I start, I endured until the very end of this book. This was the slowest, most boring, depressing book I've ever listened to. Someone could tell this story in about 2 pages but it drags on and on until you can't take it anymore. The Russian names are so confusing that you don't know who the characters are even by the very end. The narrator was very monotone and made it even more boring. Put needles in your eyes, it will be less punishing.

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  • Philadelphus
  • 01-17-08

I hate abridgements but listen to this

I don't normally buy abridged books but heard part of this elsewhere and wanted to listen to the whole of Michael Sheen's performance. It's a tour de force. I've never heard better or more varied characterisation. He also brings off the generally fevered atmosphere of Dostoevsky brilliantly. Somebody sign him up to do a complete book or twelve.

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  • sophie Ford-Halliday
  • 07-09-20

good but confusing

really well performed but the abridged nature of this version makes the story very confusing.

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  • Antonia
  • 12-18-19

Listened for the narrator

What can I say? Miserable Russian murderers aren't really my idea of a good time. So I know this is a classic, but it's not something I would have listened to if anyone other than Michael Sheen was narrating it. Sheen is typically fabulous as a narrator, but it's a tough story to enjoy on most other levels, though as a portrait of an era, it's interesting.

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  • Leyre Garcia
  • 08-31-19

Good, but abridged

It's a pity it's an abridged version. The passages cut make the story confusing and difficult to understand if you haven't read the novel beforehand.