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Simply amazing narrator! Charlton Griffin, with his mellifluous voice and always-clear perfect diction, breathes new life into this classic Russian novel. He performs every speaker - even women's voices - with artistry, interest, and believability to such an extent that even some of the minor characters (who would ordinarily get lost in the story or seem boring) become interesting. I can't imagine trying to listen to this otherwise long, dark story without the kind of masterful narration that Mr. Griffin gives us. (I will surely seek out all of his narrations!) Anyway, if you are interested in (finally?) delving into this classic, I highly recommend this truly outstanding version!
33 of 33 people found this review helpful
I had read the book many years ago, but remembered only that I struggled through the difficult literature, often losing the story line. So I bought the Audiobook to listen to it again and have to admit, I was surprised at the ease with wich the narrator relayed the story. The story is not easy to follow, with difficult emotions, thought processes and circumstances to picture in one's imagination. I think the narrator does an excellent job at involving and convincing the listener of these difficult aspects of the book. Raskolnikov (the main character) is an obscure character in even more obscure circumstances. Throughout the events of the book, his emotions and thought processes take the listener on a journey of the human condition focussing on questions that are still relevant and un-answered today. It culminates in an unexpectedly "correct" yet strangely unfortunate ending, leaving the listener with an appetite to know what happened during the remainder of his exile and thereafter.
As for the author, Dostoyevsky, all I can say is that the story could not have been written without deep, real, personal experiences which are difficult to recreate in the way that he does. I would not want to delete a single explanation or description given throughout the story as it would undermine the overall experience.
A true classic, and very satisfactorily relayed.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
The narrator gives well thought out voices to each of the characters and clearly relishes the performance in parts. Only gets confusing when there two female characters speaking in a scene as they all sound more or less the same, but it's a minor quibble.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Absolutely! Great narrator, very easy to keep track of the Russian name diminutives. Compelling story. The psychological tension and physical manifistations Rakolnikov endures in the struggle to understand that the suffering of condign punishment is easier to endure than the weight of the crime completely captivated me.
What about Charlton Griffin’s performance did you like?
The animation he brought to the characters
Any additional comments?
I was so enraptured that I tripped while listening and broke my arm. I took the time to pause the book before calling the ambulance so I wouldn't lose my place.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful