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Crime and Punishment

By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Narrated by: Constantine Gregory
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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. 

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One of the greatest literary feats

Firstly, advice for any reader. Google ‘Crime and Punishment characters’ and get yourself familiar with cast early on, the names are complicated, confusing and ever changing. By briefly learning the names you’ll follow and enjoy the story much more.

The story is gripping. The writing is impeccable. The translation is perhaps even more astounding. And the narration is the best I’ve heard on Audible.

The fact this was written 150 years ago is particularly impressive and you get a real sense of what life was like in Petersburg, and perhaps elsewhere in Europe, at the time.

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lost me at horse beating

A bit too depressing for my taste, stopped listening at the vivid description of a horse being beaten to death

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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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A couple of errors

Great story and beautifully read.
There are a couple of bits where the recording repeats the same paragraphs a couple of times or a few words are missing.
It doesn’t effect the story and only happens a couple of times though. I very much enjoyed the book and the performance.

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Wow!

Amazing Narrator! Included emotions and voices to distinguish various characters. Wonderful storyline, keeps you at the edge till the end.

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A Classic

This isn't a crime thriller that disentangles the 'who dunnit' as you go along - you know in the first few chapters who did what - rather, this tale unfolds how the human heart and conscience responds to serious crime and of the consequences that society and conscience impose in its aftermath.

The story weighs up the influence of environment and the human heart in the committing of an offense. Dostoyevsky develops his philosophy through interesting characters with their spectrum of traits, virtues, and vices; life in Imperial Russia makes for the ideal setting to express the daily trials and pressures that cause some character's lives to succumb and others to endure.

I have also listened to The Brothers Karamazov and enjoyed the return to mid-Nineteenth Century Russia, with the contemporary social reforms that must have been beacons for great hope of a better future in Russia - such as the emancipation of the serfs. This was an era that many hoped would bear the fruit of great things. This was the era of political unrest that simmered and festered up until the 1917 Revolution - the rest is history.

The narration and translation are excellent and leave no distractions to impede your enjoyment of the story. You will certainly take something away from this classic to ponder over.

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So Deep and Compelling

I was "forced" to read this book for our Book Club and thought I would never get through it, however in the end I devoured it ! I believed I was the less academic or perhaps even just considered myself less worthy of input at this bookclub but when we met, found I was THE ONLY ONE WHOM HAD FINISHED IT ! It was mesmerising, I lack the skills to interpret or define it better than that I would recommend you preserve with Dostoyevsky's novels as he is a Master of writing .

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Wow, this is something

This novel is so detailed, compering to some of the modern literature, this is so different

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amazing narrater

loved it! excellent! one of th best ones on audible. thoroughly enjoyed the story.

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great narrator!

amazing story brought to life by a great narrator. after listening to all the samples, i initially purchased the Griffin narration, however I did not enjoy the voices and bought this version. so glad I did it. it was fantastic.

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