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Crime and Punishment (AmazonClassics Edition)

Written by: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
Length: 20 hrs and 43 mins
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Earphones Award Winner and nominee for the 2019 Audie Award for Best Literary Fiction & Classics Audiobook

Featured title on PBS’s The Great American Read in 2018

Living in a squalid room in St. Petersburg, the indigent but proud Rodion Raskolnikov believes he is above society. Obsessed with the idea of breaking the law, Raskolnikov resolves to kill an old pawnbroker for her cash.

Although the murder and robbery are bungled, Raskolnikov manages to escape without being seen. And with nothing to prove his guilt and a mendacious confessor in police custody, Raskolnikov seems to have committed the perfect crime. But in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s world of moral transgressions, with its reason and its consequences, Raskolnikov’s plan has a devastating hitch: the feverish delirium of his own conscience.

AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to hear a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature’s most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.

Revised edition: Previously published as Crime and Punishment, this edition of Crime and Punishment (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Hank pelley
  • 2018-11-15

Brilliant!

I was completely enraptured by this book, I found myself thinking about it while trying to complete homework! I would highly recommend this excellent piece of literature to all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-08-06

Take on a Classic

I loved this take on a classic. The narrator did a great job of presenting the internal dialogue and external events in this book. Highly recommend.

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  • Toadocean
  • 2018-07-14

Amazing

It’s a book, that if in high school, that I never would’ve imagined reading. But, it’s now one of my favorites. Beautiful, in-depth and full of sad irony. I hold it in a special place.

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  • Brad
  • 2019-02-17

simply a classic

A must read. Very deep thinking. Philosophical. Dramatic. Honest. Captivating. Something every person should read.

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  • Lynn Willden
  • 2019-03-17

Classic story and great naration

The audible recording was cheaper than all others of the same book so I was a little leery. However, the narration was top notch - one of my favorite narration. On the story, of course, one of the all-time classics. Widely considered one of the top books ever written, this book both keeps your attention and teaches some great philosophical principles and lessons.

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  • Tyler Halstead
  • 2019-02-23

Can’t say much negative about it

The narration was excellent. The only better narrated audio book I’ve ever listened to was “between the world and me,” and that was because it was by the author, Ta-Nehisi Coates. “Crime and Punishment” is rightfully considered one of the best novels ever written and the story is fantastic. My only problem with this as an audiobook is that it was so long I would have a hard time following the story closely enough to pay attention to all the details, which is a problem with me and not the book itself. I definitely recommend this reading of this classic novel if you’re considering it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-02

Timeless read! Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Narrator was excellent. The story is a classic with compelling characters and social inquiries that still speak to present day struggles.

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  • Michael F McKenna
  • 2019-08-02

Interesting

I went into reading this book with no preconceptions. I had heard of it, but really did not know what it was about. Candidly, the writing is a little stilted for my taste and can be difficult to deal with, particularly when you factor in the constant use of the larger than needed Russian names. Having said that, I found it to be an interesting look at the topic of crime and what it can do to a person. I also enjoyed the view of Russia in the mid-1800s.

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  • Linda HESS
  • 2019-07-06

hard to keep track of all the characters

I think it's too long for an audio book and would be better read. Since I am not familiar with Russian names it made it difficult to keep track of everyone. The story was good but I couldn't finish, I will read.

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  • Robert Martin
  • 2019-06-29

a classic/so much missing

reading a novel should never be like a dry wine or reading a newspaper or magazine--the reading voice should come alive--with warmth/sadness//tears/joy--when you listen to the reading of a voicebook--its like reading a bedtime story that become real for the listener--since schools no longer teach how to read a book and the power of the sound of words that should dance to the ears and carry you page after page--make reading like sipping a good wine--the social internet makes words just words without passion/feeling--reading now seems like it just with the eyes and not the heart--most audible reading of audible books are without feelings/the emotional part of what gives words life--that's what is missing in most audible books--starting with the sounds in the voice of the reader!

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