Crime and Punishment (Audio Connoisseur Edition)

  • by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
  • Narrated by Charlton Griffin
  • 24 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This magnificent novel is about the murder of a miserly, aged pawnbroker and her younger sister by a radical, destitute St. Petersburg student named Raskolnikov, and the emotional, mental, and physical effects that follow. It is a remarkable masterpiece about a man's turbulent inner life and his relationship to others and to society at large. Dostoevsky explored the human condition on many levels in this great piece, and among the main themes the novel explores is the rather strange theory that criminals have a spiritual need to be punished - that indeed they demand it. Today we might think of this as masochism and dismiss Dostoevsky's thesis as the powerful wanderings of a mind steeped in the mysticism of the Eastern Orthodox Church. But this wonderful classic is far more complex. Raskolnikov the intellectual divides humanity into two types: the meek, submissive mass of mankind and the "Supermen". The Nietzschean Superman can violate any law or principle to attain his beneficial ends. Since Raskolnikov has allied himself with the Superman, he intends to prove his superiority by committing a murder without remorse by eliminating an "undesirable" person.
The novel's central question is whether it is justifiable to commit an atrocity in order to improve humanity. Dostoevsky shows us that a person cannot control and direct his life solely with his reason and intellect, that free will is limited. Listen as one of the finest psychological novels ever written unfolds.


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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.

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- Cathryn


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.
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- Stephen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-02-2008
  • Publisher: Audio Connoisseur