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Editorial Reviews

George Guidall's performance of this literary classic transports the audience to the slums of St. Petersburg and deep into the mind of Rodion Raskolnikov, a young Russian intellectual. Raskolnikov murders an old woman, a money-lender and pawn-broker he considers repugnant. He reasons that he'll repay his crimes with good deeds. Although he justifies the murder using reason and intellect, he is ultimately consumed by guilt. Crime and Punishment is one of the most influential works of literature in the world. Guidall's tremulous voice captures the severity and suspense of this story, making this an unforgettable experience for the listener.
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Publisher's Summary

Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.
Translation by Constance Garnett, originally published in 1917.
Public Domain (P)1991 by Recorded Books, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"The novels of Dostoevsky are seething whirlpools...which hiss and boil and suck us in. They are composed purely and wholly of the stuff of the soul." (Virginia Woolf)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Greg on 02-07-04

Wonderful Book

I have attempted to read this book twice in the past, both times past the halfway point. Each time I added a much more painful tone to the book than the narrator did in his reading. This meant that I stopped reading the book because it was too mentally overwhelming. However, the narrator reads this book well, both adding more characterization than I did myself and providing a way to seperate characters. The 24 hours went by quickly and found it didn't seem like a long book at all.

Crime and Punishment is a beautiful novel of suffering, pride, hope, redemption, and guilt. Through Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamozov and this novel I have considered all those themes much differently in my life.

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5 out of 5 stars
By John on 07-30-08

Masterful narration of a masterpiece

I have read Dostoevsky's masterpiece in the past and wanted to reread it but considered it a huge chore. Instead, I decided to listen to George Guidall's rendition because of my past enjoyment of his amazing gift as a catalyst between the written word and the spoken word.. The audiobook immediately captured my interest and attention in a way that reading the book never did. Guidall made the characters come alive. How a narrator could carefully enunciate all the Russian names and give them separate voices and fully express the emotions and meaning in the text seemed such a wonderful feat, that I felt an obligation to tell potential listeners that they should not be afraid to invest the 25 plus hours to enjoy one of the greatest classics of world literature.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Balbir on 10-25-08

Masterpiece

This is Dostoevsky?s most complete work. The narration by George Guidall, one of the titans of audio book narration is perfection. He brings to characters to life and his perfect pronunciation of Russian names makes this complex and vast work accessible to all.

The translation by Constance Garnett often gets a bad press, but in my opinion is far superior to the 'modern' translations, which may or may not be more accurate (I cannot read the original Russian text), but are not as enjoyable to read or well written.

On the whole this is a brilliant work and an exceptional audio book. It may the most expensive version, but you get what you pay for. In my opinion it?s worth every penny.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ehab on 01-06-09

Simply awesome!

If the paper version is a ?page turner?, this version is an ?ear burner?! A masterful vocal depiction of complex and tense emotions and multidimensional characters? but don?t take my word for it, ?see? for yourselves!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-24-18

Excellent<br />

one of the great books well narrated a pleasure to listen to well worth the time

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1 out of 5 stars
By Benjamin Lupton on 11-15-17

Had to give up on this narration

12 hours through this audio book and had to give up on it. After listening to the audio samples of all the different narrations of this book, I chose this one based on the nice atmosphere/tonality/emotion that this narrator provides. However, it turned out to be a terrible mistake. The narrator has one voice for all the characters, making the conversation scenes impossible to follow - and even a lot of the book impossible to follow. At first I thought that this was due to the Constance Garnett translation that all the audiobooks are based off, so I tried the Pevear &amp;amp; Volokhonsky as well as the Ready translations in Kindle format, no doubt they are superbly better translations in general, and especially as Ready includes footnotes so you can understand the subtle references - Garnett even omits so much detail. However that said, neither of those Kindle versions have audiobooks. So I tried the other 2 audiobooks that I had shortlisted. The Heald and Griffin versions. The Heald was better, but still difficult to follow. The Griffen edition however, includes music, and is superb, all characters have different voices, and it is easy to follow.

I really wish that Guidall did a better job of giving different characters different voices.

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