Crime and Punishment (unabridged)
A century after it first appeared, Crime and Punishment remains one of the most gripping psychological thrillers. A poverty-striken young man, seeing his family making sacrifices for him, is faced with an opportunity to solve his financial problems with one simple but horrifying act: the murder of a pawnbroker. She is, he feels, just a parasite on society. But does the end justify the means? Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov makes his decision and then has to live with it. Dostoyevsky, in masterly fashion, contrasts the comedy and tragedy of life in St Petersburg with the anguish and turmoil of Raskolnikov’s inner life.
Audiobook Details:Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Constance Garnett (Translator)
Read by: Constantine Gregory
Audiobook Type: unabridged
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
Running time (hh:mm:ss): 22:02:41
Download size: 338 MB
About the Reader
Constantine Gregory is an actor, dialogue coach and 'voice?. Constantine has more than 30 years? experience in all these capacities on international projects with many major film directors and stars, including Danny Boyle, Bernardo Bertolucci, Terry Gilliam, Neil Jordan and Julie Taymor and with actors such as Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Gerard Depardieu, Chiwetel Eijofor, Keanu Reeves, Eva Green and many, many others.
Reviews for this Audiobook:
Almost a century and a half after it first appeared, this classic psychological crime novel is still widely read and studied. Set in St. Petersburg, the main character, Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov decides to murder a pawnbroker to whom he is indebted. He justifies his action because he sees her as just a parasite on society and tests his belief that murder is permissible in pursuit of a higher purpose. However, for him the result is months of turmoil and anguish. Narrator Constantine Gregory's experience as an actor, dialogue coach, and 'voice' serves him well here. He has more than 20 years' experience in all these capacities on international projects with many major film directors and stars from Danny Boyle to Terry Gilliam and with actors such as Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, George Clooney and many others. Constantine is excellent when voicing laughter and drunkenness and conveys the suffering of the characters poignantly. His interpretation is dramatic and very accessible in this dark and depressing novel. I found his voicing of Raskolnikov not distinctive enough. Still, this is an excellent reading for listeners new to this classic and for listeners familiar with the book, Gregory's reading provides a unique experience.
Sue Rosensweig, Sound Commentary