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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? Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov makes his decision and then has to live with it. Dostoyevsky, in masterly fashion, contrasts the comedy and tragedy of life in St. Petersburg with the anguish and turmoil of Raskolnikov's inner life.

Public Domain (P)2013 Naxos AudioBooks

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Remarkable!

The main character takes you on a mad nail biting journey.

With the help of excellent narration you can almost feel the heat in the streets and taste the dusty air.

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  • G. Green
  • 11-10-2015

Great!

Dostoyevsky's novels are among the very best ever written. This narration is excellent; I listened to it a second time as soon as I completed it. The themes of the book are timeless and are as vital today as they were in Dostoyevsky's day.

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  • Timothy
  • 20-02-2016

A masterpiece

Dostoyevsky's timeless "Crime and Punishment" has been masterfully recorded by Gregory. The story is by no means enjoyable, it is the account of a tormented soul and the effect it produces on the reader / listener is a wildly fascinating blend of despair over the injustice of the world and awe of the "mad russian's" magnificent story telling.

Gregory's narration is excellent, he produces characters perfectly distinct from each other by means of ever so slight changes in intonation, without emplying "mock-voices". His protagonists are authentic and their individual voices bare the complex ethical nuances Dostoyevsky intended for them.

All in all, to those unfamiliar with this work, it is in my opinion the ideal way of consuming one of the most fantastic literary pieces of all time.

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  • Wayne
  • 08-03-2018

A true classic, a masterpiece!

Fyodor Dostoyevsky originally released Crime and Punishment in a monthly magazine in 1866 in 12 parts. I listened to it one or 2 chapters a day during one month. It is everything that has been written about it. Constantine Gregory's narration does the masterpiece justice.

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  • inbar
  • 16-02-2016

What a great listen!!

Constantine Gregory made this hard read, amazing and fun!.
I enjoyed listening to his dramatic and comic performance while not missing the beautiful story.
Wow. A must!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-01-2017

The Reader is Equal to the Material.

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Crime and Punishment is a Great Book with characters that delve into profound psychological, spiritual, social and political themes, revealing Dostoevsky’s insight into the human condition.

Mr. Gregory places his extraordinary depth of understanding and artistry at our service as he leads us on Raskolnikov’s journey through the neighborhoods of St. Petersburg and his psyche. Gregory’s Russian background lends a cultural accuracy to his pronunciation and enhances the experience of the story’s environment and atmosphere. I got more out of the novel by listening to this reader than I would have if I’d only read the book myself. I promise that you will be thrilled by moments when you realize that not only have you completely entered into the story but Mr. Gregory has, too.

He portrays the excruciating conflict of Rodia's madness and philosophy; Razumikhin’s optimism; the delicacy and nobility of Raskolnikov's mother and sister; Svidrigailov’s complexity; Porfiry Petrovich’s patience – and he makes it seem effortless – the true mark of a master.

Outstanding passages include:
Raskolnikov’s interior monologue at end of Part III
Porfiry Petrovich Part VI, Chapter II
Dmitry Prokofyich Vrazumikhin - Part II, Chapter IV (Anywhere, actually!)
Arkady Ivanovich Svidrigaïlov - Part VI, Chapter VI (I was most impressed by the portrayal of this most complicated character.

I predict that in 50 years this recording of Crime and Punishment will be considered a classic and a lasting legacy of Constantine Gregory.

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  • Emily H.
  • 12-03-2016

Marvelous

Although I would have liked to listen to a better translation of the book, the performance by Constantine Gregory is simply matchless. Fascinating book and stunning reader.

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  • Eileen N. Wagner
  • 01-11-2015

45 years between 1st and 2nd reading--Again!

it may have been wasted on me first time b/c I was green but what a jolt now I've been around the block a few times

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  • Benjamin Francis Tillinghast
  • 04-12-2016

Need a newer translation

The story itself is a stroke of genius, but the translation is outdated, making some of the scenes too difficult to understand or visualize. Admittedly, this is probably partially Dostoevsky's fault, his writing is known for its profound philosophy and psychology, not its vividness; that said, there are scenes that are meant to be emotional that simply aren't because the language used to describe them isn't familiar enough to this reader. Knowing what a word strictly means and knowing what it's nuances are are two different things. I was still astounded at the timelessness of the ideas.

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  • Heather H.
  • 23-04-2015

Fascinating Narrator

This was a great story that was made even greater and more real by the narrator!

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  • Dotty
  • 13-02-2015

Good story, reading

Well it's Dostoyevsky, what is there to say? Very depressing and long winded, but at the heart of it, a really interesting story. Most books suffer terribly from abridgment - I dare say this would not. The most enjoyable parts of this book is when the main character is discussing the nature of crime and who may commit it. More often than not, though, it was a rather boring angst-fest. I hate to say that, but there it is. The reader did quite a good job, I enjoyed the performance!

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  • trufflesmummy
  • 19-07-2016

Last two words are missing which is a nuisance..

Engaging story with so much value to general life and different perspectives. It was an excellent choice of narrator, who carried and delivered it impeccably. The last two words missing off the entire book however took the shine off at the last possible moment. The missing words are 'has ended'. Please amend this Audible because it is not obvious how to contact you.

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  • Mr.J.Bleakley.
  • 28-09-2016

Crime and punishment.

Was originally published in weekly episodes apparently:this is 'soap opera' for thinking people. Will reward.

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  • gary
  • 22-12-2017

Overall good.

Overall a very good recording but it was unfortunately spoilt by cutting of the final line.

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  • Lord Peridot
  • 23-05-2015

Brilliant reading of this classic

I read this book years ago and enjoyed it. But was somewhat confused 2nd time round by the web of Russian names. Considered giving up. But glad to have persisted as the story comes together in masterful way in the final chapters. Superb reading by narrator.

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  • NICHOLA JAYNE SANDERSON
  • 06-09-2016

Remarkable book and narration

A classic which should be read by all during a lifetime. The narration was quite superb with the vast range of characters all clearly defined.Would highly reccomended .

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  • Mr. Jw Perks
  • 11-09-2015

Great and thoughtful Russian classic

Well read without the need to voice act this tale might be the first psychological crime novel. I could not imagine how it would end. I came to the story with no preconceptions and really enjoyed the portrait of a man in moral conflict. The reader caught the spirit of the translation perfectly.

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  • Mr Simon W D Borland
  • 03-06-2018

epic, monumental, well done.

loved it, fantastic narration. so pleased with this purchase,bits worth listening to. I recommend this highly

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  • Mr
  • 31-05-2018

22 hours but worth it!

Really enjoyed the depth and colour of this book. The characters are bright and enticing. It is a real Victoria modern day crime thriller! It jut doesn’t feel dated at all.

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  • rasheed Bello
  • 09-05-2018

thoroughly enjoyable

characteristically long winded, reflective of the classical romantic works of its period. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • papapownall
  • 06-03-2018

Completely absorbing and expertly narrated

Would you listen to Crime and Punishment again? Why?

Yes. Not straight away, I want it to sink in first. Maybe after 6 months or so once it has worn off so I can re-live the experience.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rodion Raskolnikov is a Withnail type character. Complex, infuriating and likeable.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The interactions between Raskonikov and Porfiry.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The hallucination scenes were particularly well done.

Any additional comments?

This is the first long form work of classic literate I have listened to on Audible. I really enjoyed Constantine Gregory and will look out for his other narrations.