• Crime and Punishment

  • Pevear & Volokhonsky Translation (Vintage Classics)
  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
  • Length: 25 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (278 ratings)

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Crime and Punishment

By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
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Publisher's summary

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

With the same suppleness, energy, and range of voices that won their translation of The Brothers Karamazov the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Prize, Pevear and Volokhonsky offer a brilliant translation of Dostoevsky's classic novel that presents a clear insight into this astounding psychological thriller.

"The best (translation) currently available." (Washington Post Book World)

This audio edition of Crime and Punishment is expressively brought to life by Peter Batchelor.

©1992 Translation Copyright by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky (P)2020 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

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waited for this translation

For many years, I've waited for the audiobook versions of the Pevear & Volokhonsky translations of Dostoevsky. Though I have read C&P several times and have listened to two audiobook versions, I quickly purchased this new audio version. Unfortunately, I cannot say good things about the narrator. He mumbles and does not perform female roles well.

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Narrator is horrible

If you are considering this audiobook, you must be warned that the narrator is horrible. He simply reads the entire story with the same monotone disinterest. His lack of appreciation for the novel is apparent and greatly affected my enjoyment with the story.

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Spliced narration is annoying

For some reason, in hundreds of places throughout the book, a different narrator has been spliced in . The voice changes and you temporarily wonder if the character has changed . It’s very annoying .

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First audio book I've ever returned

Thia is the first audio book I've ever returned. The narrator mumbles so greatly that I couldn't understand what he was saying 1/4 of the time, and it's even worse when he does character "voices". his pronouncing of names is just as frustrating, it becomes incredibly difficult to keep track of who is in the scene in scenes with more than two characters.

I couldn't make it through chapter 2, I was not tracking what was happening in the story at all.

I can't speak to the quality of this translation, but the performance is pretty bad.

I don't mean to be rude, but I would highly recommend staying away from this version.

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dubs ruined this one

This story needed to be done precisely, and with the understanding that, without conscientious execution, it would be very tedious. unfortunately, the narrator's voice is dubbed (mid sentence ) countless times throughout, making the listening experience itself tedious and confusing. it's extremely unfortunate because the narrator's voice is quite exceptional, and would have been a gift to this story, had it not been for the seemingly patch worked assemblage. Extremely disappointing 😞

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What an excellent translation

I can't add to the endless reviews and scholarly examinations of Crime and Punishment. But I can say this translation was rich with concepts and word choices. The audio engineering was spotty, but being lost in the book those trivialities faded into the background for the most part. Definitely worth a credit for those who enjoy Russian literature.

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Can't understand narrator

The narrator mumbles a lot when in character, you can't understand what he's saying! Not listenable. Don't waste your money.

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Poor audio editing

The narrator did an excellent job overall. Unfortunately, there are many times when audio edits are very jarring and distracting. This happens more in the beginning of the book than toward the end, but it was very frustrating. The book itself is fantastic, and I would recommend the book to anyone. If you can find a better audio than that may be preferable. I chose to finish this audiobook because I enjoyed the voice of the narrator.

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Crime and Punishment, a great listen

The narrator is a bit slow, so I turned the speed to 1.25. Great book!

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Absolutely a fine performance!

Batchelor was born to read this book. What a terrific read. Dostoevsky would have been proud.

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