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Crime and Punishment (version 2)

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"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.

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By Fyodor Dostoevsky

Translated By Constance Garnett


A few words about Dostoevsky himself may help the English reader to understand his work.

Dostoevsky was the son of a doctor. His parents were very hard working and deeply religious people, but so poor that they lived with their five children in only two rooms. The father and mother spent their evenings in reading aloud to their children, generally from books of a serious character.

Though always sickly and delicate Dostoevsky came out third in the final examination of the Petersburg school of Engineering. There he had already begun his first work, "Poor Folk."

This story was published by the poet Nekrassov in his review and was received with acclamations. The shy, unknown youth found himself instantly something of a celebrity. A brilliant and successful career seemed to open before him, but those hopes were soon dashed. In 1849 he was arrested.

Though neither by temperament nor conviction a revolutionist, Dostoevsky was one of a little group of young men who met together to read Fourier and Proudhon... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 9 reviews)

September 21, 2015
Love the reader! Voice full of character, really adds to the feel of the story
Reviewer: - December 30, 2014
Subject: horrible narration
Couldn't take the narrator. English is not his first language, props for trying though.
November 22, 2014
Где он читать учился?
Reviewer: - October 28, 2014
Subject: De Decker
The first 7 chapters are read so very bad. English is not the readers first language. Rather read the first 7 chapters online. The other readers for the remaining 5 parts read well.
Reviewer: - October 21, 2014
Absolutely unlistenable. Impossible to follow due to the worst reading I've ever heard for several chapters. Had to give up on this one. Should be re-done immediately.
Reviewer: - July 5, 2013
So bad the reader should remain mute.
Reviewer: - March 20, 2013
Subject: Reading improves after ch 7
The first seven chapters (all of Part 1) should be re-done by someone else, preferably Father Ziele or Anna Simon who were the best readers for the rest of the book. I read Part 1 and then listened to the rest of the book and it is truly a classic. I appreciate all the time and effort put in by the readers and editors, but a poor reading for the opening chapters of such a compelling novel unfortunately turns people away from enjoying a truly mesmerizing story.
Reviewer: - March 9, 2013
Subject: Could use improvement
I downloaded this and stopped listening after the first chapter. English obviously isn't the first language of the reader. It was very monotone and the inflection of the voice did not match the pattern of the words. No emotion or exclamation. And Eazy Jake, perhaps you should spend more time actually studying the book instead of taking a short cut and listening to it. You lost all credibility by admitting you are lazy enough that you would rather listen to a book for a test than read it. Why do I listen to books then you ask? When you are piloting an aircraft for hours on end, you cannot read a book, but you can listen :)
December 11, 2012
At times the reader read as if he were a real psycho. Be ware.

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