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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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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 15 reviews)

Reviewer: - December 9, 2020
Subject: Very difficult to understand
The reader has a very strong accent and little understanding of English speech rhythms. It took a LOT of concentration to simply understand what they were saying. I couldn't follow the sense of individual sentences, let alone get immersed in the narrative. I commend the reader for their effort; but I found this impossible to listen to.
Reviewer: - January 4, 2020
Subject: Crime and punishment
I loved this. It is now my favorite book. It has changed me somehow. I love the narrator. He captured it perfectly.
Reviewer: - February 4, 2019
Wow... I love this book but my lord the narrator is horrendous I got to page 2 had to Turn it off.... absolute horrific to listen to!!!
Reviewer: - May 3, 2018
Crime and punishment
Reviewer: - January 30, 2018
Subject: Crime and Punishment
I agree with most of the above reviews, chapters 1-7 are almost torture. Speed up your recording and it helps this part be easier to listen to. Persevere, because it is worth it. Very interesting.
Reviewer: - January 19, 2018
Subject: Crime and Punishment
Perhaps the narrator should think of another profession, this ISN'T his cup of tea.
Reviewer: - June 29, 2017
Subject: Crime and punishment
Horrible. Could not connect well with the narrator.
Reviewer: - June 5, 2017
Subject: Worst Narration
This is the worst narration I have ever heard. I don't know how this passes as ok, even for free. This narration should be redone asap
Reviewer: - September 28, 2016
Subject: Reader
Reader was hard to understand.
Reviewer: - 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.
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: - December 11, 2012
At times the reader read as if he were a real psycho. Be ware.

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