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Summary

Often considered one of the first ever psychological thrillers, Crime and Punishment is a gripping tale of a poverty-stricken young man in Saint Petersburg, Russia, who hatches a plan to kill someone for money. Once the deed is done, he finds himself racked with guilt, confusion and disgust for his act.  

In this new recording, Will Poulter (Detroit, Midsommar, The Maze Runner) gives new life to the troubled protagonist, Rodion Raskolnikov, in a performance that will have you questioning where we draw the line between right and wrong.

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Will Poulter on recording Crime and Punishment during lockdown
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Excellent reading

Crime and Punishment is a classic so no complaints. (Recommend Erwin Weil lectures once you’ve finished it). This is a Constance Garnett translation which is sort of the traditional and popular version. She’s quite neutral and translates many of her works in the same style so it’s not specifically in Dostoyévsky’s style but it’s definitely a safe bet. Sound quality is excellent and Will Poulter actually did better than I expected pronouncing difficult Russian names (Russian Speaker here). His reading is actually very easy to follow: perfect speed, he uses lots of different voices and accents consistently so it makes it really easy differentiate between characters. He’s almost eerily good at female voices. At times it is quite funny hearing a Russian character with a welsh accent though :) Overall I definitely recommend this version. Especially for a British English speaker it’s a game changer finding a non American audio book of such a classic. 🙈😅

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Wonderful!

A fantastic story, thought provoking and potent. Will Poulter’s narration was the best I’ve heard on audible. He has a beautiful voice and nails every accent so well.

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Odd accents were a bit off-putting

Generally a good reading performance by Will Poulter but the use of British regional accents was a bit off-putting with a mix of what sounded like Welsh, Yorkshire, northeast and generic country yokel.

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Superb Performance

What can be a fairly hard-going novel (and this is not my favourite translation) absolutely flies by when it is brought vividly to life by Will Poulter with a fantastic performance, giving individual and distinctive life to each character. More narrations from Mr Poulter please...

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Excellent! Very well read. Exciting story.

The narration was excellent. The story is easy to follow and just superb. Well worth it

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Accessible and entertaining

Never managed to read Dostoyevsky before, so many long unpronounceable Russian names! However Will Poulter me made light work of those and effortlessly brought the characters to life with an impressive array of near flawless British regional accents (show me a better non-Scouser who can do a convincing Scouse accent and I'll give you a pound). Sad it's finished, looking forward to this great team's next efforts. Don't need to say anything about the book, it's obviously a masterpiece.

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A great novel, well narrated.

It took me few minutes to warm to Will Poulter's languid style, but his use of uk regional accents brought this Russian novel alive... really. The distinctive voices also helped greatly with distinguishing between characters who, in the traditional Russian manner, have at least two, or sometimes three (I think) quite different names depending on who they are talking to. A superb story as well. Definitely five stars all round. Recommended listening.

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Completely Outstanding

A very skilled narration of this outstanding book. The relationship between sociobiological and psychological behaviour is explored throughout revealing the questions of our human intent.
Will poultry brings the story and the arguments to life.
I cannot comment on the translation as I have not read others. This is a wonderful story.

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WOW, what a performance!

This book is amazing. I wish modern books where written in this way, perhaps I'm reading the wrong books! Will Poulter's performance blew me away, he brought every character to life and made it easy to follow along with the narrative. I've never heard such a performance like this, it made me not want to stop listening to the book!

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Engrossed!

Amazing story that catches the inner deeper thoughts of not just a killer, but people in general and the weighty things that can play on your mind with the overwhelming guilt. Enjoyed it thoroughly! Will Poulter narrates the individual characters superbly.

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