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Crime and Punishment

Narrated by: Constantine Gregory
Length: 22 hrs and 2 mins
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Summary

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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Public Domain (P)2013 Naxos AudioBooks

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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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Crime and punishment.

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

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Dark, funny and strange. Hard work at times

A bit long winded and the plot seemed a little directionless at times but sticking with it I enjoyed it overall and it did make sense, I guess it's just a slightly different storytelling style. I struggle to agree with people who rate it as a master piece or whatever but it is good.

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Overall good.

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

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Unbearable

Throughout my adult life people have been telling me to read Dostoyevsky. Having recently been delighted by Tolstoy on Audible I thought the time had come to try Crime and Punishment. But I'm simply not strong enough/weird enough/ robust enough to handle the constantly shifting perspective of the main character. At every turn he chooses the nastiest, most offensive and least predictable behaviour. He doesn't just display a lack of empathy - it's weirder and more psychopathic than that, as if he understands what empathy demands and then does exactly the opposite. Perhaps it's a vision of Russia's mid-19th century public morals, but it's hard to believe society could function without some basic humanity.
I would compare this book to Breaking Bad - there's a fairly sizeable group of people who simply can't watch it. Equally I reckon there's a sizeable group of the population who will find this unbearable. At no point could I relax and enjoy the undoubted skills of Dostoyevsky's prose and the excellent narrator. I didn't get half way.

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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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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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  • 31-05-18

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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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.

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a classic, really?

not sure why it's regarded a such a classic to be frank. rambled along at times and not particularly gripping.

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  • Timothy
  • 20-02-16

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
  • 08-03-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-01-17

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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  • inbar
  • 16-02-16

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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  • G. Green
  • 11-10-15

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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  • Emily H.
  • 12-03-16

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
  • 01-11-15

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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  • AMANDA L. SIMONS
  • 24-02-19

Great Story and Performance - But Audible Fail

This classic by Dostoyevksy is great, as is the narration by Constantine Gregory. Where Audible failed on this was its tech/customer support. The recording ends half way through a sentence at the end of Epilogue 2. The book is essentially over, but never finishes the last line. I tried through several email exchanges to let Audible know about the problem, but received only template answers that assume that either I am incompetent or my devices are substandard. I give up. Nice fail Audible!

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  • Heather H.
  • 23-04-15

Fascinating Narrator

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-19

Wasn’t quite sure what to expect...

...but this audiobook was absolutely fantastic. It was much easier listening than I thought it would be, and after the hour or so of listening, when Raskonikov was talking to the drunkard, I was wondering whether I would be able to get into the book because it seemed to progress so slowly, and this can’t be helped as this novel is rather complex and ambitious in both its detailed characters and ideologies. However, I assure you it is well worth the read. It is important to understand, though, that the authors purpose is not simply to write a story, but to make a point and to examine in detail what a man is at heart. Why does he do the things that he does? Why do some take daring acts of courage or, in some cases, of foolishness? What, at bottom, drives a man to live, and act?

Before I go any further I will note a few technical points of the book. As one reviewer said, yes, the audiobook for some reason does stop mid-sentence, but that is really of little consequence, as it is in the second epilogue and the story has already concluded.
Secondly, the “outdated” Constance Garnett translation, really isn’t. The narrator does an excellent job of pronouncing the names and there are very few words that I found to be archaic. The only difficulty for me was keeping the Russian names straight and keeping track of different geographical locations and landmarks, but these are not that big of a deal, and the characters are so distinct that even when I had no idea what someone’s name was, I recognized immediately who it was. Now on to the meat of the book (no spoilers)...

This book has a broad array of characters with very different personalities and convictions, and their beliefs cause them to react to the same things that they all encounter in the world in very different ways. In a word, the authors point is, Ideas have consequences. There are some characters who view the world as basically all bad, and they see almost nothing as worthwhile except their own way of thinking and their own point of view, this causes them to be bitter, angry, selfish, and conceited, and their actions, and thoughts reflect that. Even when these characters encounter someone who contradicts their world view (namely that all is bad and irredeemable) or see a kind gesture, they instantly react in harshness or rudeness or pessimism, or when these fail, they look upon them as people who simply “don’t understand” the world as clearly as they do. Others, hold to an idealized form of Christianity (I say idealized, in that it does not accurately represent Biblical Christianity, but rather imposes the expectation of Christian moral standards on the whole world, which the Bible does not, but I digress.) who, upon encountering people which contradict their worldview, resort to almost madness to rationalize and ignore all the evil and even twist it into something good. Then there are a very few characters, who embrace a Biblical Christian worldview, who upon finding themselves in a world filled with such evils, as well as good, seek to find their way to understand and to interact with all of it. There is only so much I can say without spoiling anything, so I used an overly broad brush to paint the 3 basic categories I saw in the book, which many character fall perhaps in between. Nevertheless, I hope my review is helpful to your experience in reading and encourage you to think deeply about the implications of this work. For no author ever writes simply for the sake of writing; he always has a purpose in mind.

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