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  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett - translator
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 25 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece

  • By Balbir on 25-10-08

An outstanding narration of one of the best novels

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-19

Guidall is a true master of the art of narration. He is not just reading a book, he is creating a story, personifyihg rather than acting characters, performing in a masterful way. It is a real treat to live Crime and Punishment through him.

  • Wuthering Heights

  • By: Emily Brontë
  • Narrated by: Janet Paulson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

"Wuthering Heights" is Emily Brontë's only novel. It was first published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, and a posthumous second edition was edited by her sister Charlotte. The name of the novel comes from the Yorkshire manor on the moors on which the story centers (as an adjective, "wuthering" is a Yorkshire word referring to turbulent weather). The narrative tells the tale of the all-encompassing and passionate, yet thwarted, love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Suicide

  • By Mrs EM on 11-09-17

Outstanding value

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-19

For 78p this is a very good audiobook. You need to run it at 1.25x speed at least, if not 1.5x; also Heathcliffe sounds a bit odd and the actor's voice for Cathy is a bit shrill and grating. Otherwise, a great performance of a classic book.

  • The English and Their History

  • By: Robert Tombs
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 45 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507

In The English and their History, the first full-length account to appear in one volume for many decades, Robert Tombs gives us the history of the English people and of how the stories they have told about themselves have shaped them, from the prehistoric 'dreamtime' through to the present day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A big commitment, easily paid off!

  • By m sinclair on 20-02-17

Why was this book written?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-19

A strong performance of a very lihg and tedious book that really should never have been published...it is a lengthy narrative that offers little new, written by an expert on French History with some particularly odd views on Britain's relationship with Europe. Absolutely not worth 40-odd hours of your time.