Raskolnikov the intellectual divides humanity into two types: the meek, submissive mass of mankind and the "Supermen". The Nietzschean Superman can violate any law or principle to attain his beneficial ends. Since Raskolnikov has allied himself with the Superman, he intends to prove his superiority by committing a murder without remorse by eliminating an "undesirable" person.
The novel's central question is whether it is justifiable to commit an atrocity in order to improve humanity. Dostoevsky shows us that a person cannot control and direct his life solely with his reason and intellect, that free will is limited. Listen as one of the finest psychological novels ever written unfolds.
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The narrator gives well thought out voices to each of the characters and clearly relishes the performance in parts. Only gets confusing when there two female characters speaking in a scene as they all sound more or less the same, but it's a minor quibble.
"Excellent novel somewhat spoilt by the narrator"
This is an absorbing and powerful novel, but I can't agree with other comments about the narrator. I found his style drawly at times, reminiscent of Lloyd Grossman, and the voice he used, when speaking the lines of the female characters, was the same for all of them - weak, almost pathetic and particularly irritating.
"A wonderful and actual story"
I had read this book at school but didn't remember anything and I really loved it. The characters are great and the story is amusing. A little daunting at first but once you are in the plot, it flows very easily. The narrator was great as well.
I found it hard to get on with. The person reading it was mostly fine, when he changed voices it was so uncomfortable to listen to... the story is distressing enough without you feeling physically depressed and harassed after listening. Not a recommended listen
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