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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.
46 of 46 people found this review helpful
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.
43 of 43 people found this review helpful
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.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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; 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.