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Crime and Punishment (Version 2)

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19 Hours 55 Minutes


August 2016

Audio Book Summary

"Crime and Punishment" is a novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It was first published in the literary journal "The Russian Messenger" in twelve monthly installments during 1866. It was later published in a single volume. It is the second of Dostoyevsky's full-length novels following his return from ten years of exile in Siberia. Crime and Punishment is considered the first great novel of his "mature" period of writing. "Crime and Punishment" focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in St. Petersburg who formulates and executes a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her cash. Raskolnikov argues that with the pawnbroker's money he can perform good deeds to counterbalance the crime, while ridding the world of a worthless vermin. He also commits this murder to test his own hypothesis that some people are naturally capable of such things, and even have the right to do them. Several times throughout the novel, Raskolnikov justifies his actions by comparing himself with Napoleon Bonaparte, believing that murder is permissible in pursuit of a higher purpose. Much of the suspense of the novel is psychological, as the reader agonizes over Raskolnikov's efforts to evade justice for his crime. Much of it is also moral, as the question of whether or not Raskolnikov himself can find redemption as a human being leads to a surprising culmination. - Summary by Wikipedia (edited by Expatriate)

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  • Christine E

    What an interesting look at the criminal mind. The narration was excellent! I think this was big part of why this story was interesting.

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  • Russell A

    Crime and Punishment is an incredible read. Certainly a classic, it is a thought-provoking discourse on human nature and explores human guilt, the nature and possibility of redemption. Unlike most of the television narratives and much of modern thought, it acknowledges that the actions of people may not be formed of simple motives. Rather, Dostoyevsky's characters are complicated and do not fully understand themselves nor their motives. I enjoyed the narration as well, though it was somewhat drowsy at times.

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  • Krista Davis

    Book was decent but the reader was rather bland. Most of the time he ended every sentence on a down note making everything thing sound doubtful or questioning.

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  • Anonymous

    Wasn't a big fan of the narrator. There was something in the way it was read and the cadence in his voice. Most of the time I lost track of which character was which in the story line.

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  • Kristlynn L.

    I enjoyed this book from start to finish. Excellent narration—only criticism was it was too quiet, I like to work as I’m listening and I had to strain to hear over subtle background sounds. But I give the story and the narrator a 5-star rating. Thanks to Expatriate for taking your time to give me (and others) a great, entertaining listen!

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  • Anonymous

    Good reading. Good performance. Would recommend.

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  • Cynthia L.

    Not finished with this yet. It's a classic ,so I thought it was a choice. I don't have time anymore to actually sit down with a book.Audiobooks keeps me "well read". Try as I might, this readers' voice I found SO annoying, I stopped listening. Not sure I'll continue..with this recording anyway.

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  • Angelica V.

    Read it in my teens. had to read it again as an adult.

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  • Ann W.

    I hate to complain, especially when a book is “free,” but frankly the narrator missed the mark completely on this one. Although he is articulate enough, he has a very consistent negative inflection at the end of all of his sentences which creates a very false sense of what mood I think the book is trying to portray, and becomes unbearable at times. Also all of the characters sound exactly the same so you don’t know who is speaking. I’m 1/4 of the way through this version. I don’t know if i can make it all the way. The content is solid. Would love to finish it...

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  • Cloverlily17

    The narrator is very difficult to listen to and multiple times I found myself torn between wanting to finish the story and giving up on it because of him. He expresses minimal variation in his tone, and the pace he reads is rushed. The librevox declaration at the start of every chapter is redundant and annoying

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