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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (190,607 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9781455189250
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One of the greatest works of fiction ever written, Crime and Punishment is at once an intense psychological study, a terrifying murder mystery, and a fascinating detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary.

Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately “benefit humanity.” After killing the old woman, haunted by guilt and terror, the young man must decide whether to assuage his conscience by confessing or attempt to get away with the perfect crime.

Crime and Punishment takes the listener on a journey into the darkest recesses of the criminal and depraved mind and exposes the soul of a man possessed by both good and evil who cannot escape his own conscience.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dostoevsky’s first masterpiece…The narrative’s feverish, compelling tone follows the twists and turns of Raskolnikov’s emotions and elaborates his struggle with his conscience…A moving depiction of the recovery of a man’s diseased spirit.”

    Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

  • “Dostoyevsky’s penetrating novel…is a stunning psychological portrait, a thriller, and a profound meditation on guilt and retribution.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Anthony Heald shows remarkable versatility in this production…He delivers the dialogue as a stage actor would, with exaggerated emotion and even with laughter, coughing, stammering, and other adornments indicated in the text…Heald’s pacing and rich characterizations keep the story moving.”

    AudioFile

  • A Audie Award Finalist for Literary Fiction Audie Award Finalist for Literary Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sel | 2/19/2014

    " I LOVED Crime and Punishment when I read back in mid-school, was one of my favorite classics. I feel like time to read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/18/2014

    " One of the best books I've ever read. The way Dostoevsky describes the mental disorders of his main character is brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey Thiessen | 2/16/2014

    " As far as I can tell, flawless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 2/16/2014

    " It took me awhile to get through this book but it was so entertaining. And the story has stuck with me even a few weeks after reading it. This is a book ill reread "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 2/15/2014

    " I loved this book. I thought that I would have to make a big effort to read it but found it very readable. I found reading it as an adult that I definitely saw things in this book that I would not have understood if I read it in school like a lot of my friends did. Give it a try. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melusina | 2/15/2014

    " A book of very rare depth, portraying the dual nature of the human condition in one single character, Raskolnikov: compassion, irrationality, logical thinking, hubris, cruelty, sophomoric, in self-denial, egoistic yet altruistic, suffering yet reborn. Life cannot be lived in theory. One can choose to look at the book with modern, social democratic, Western and even atheist eyes, but the core of the story remains the same. We are all Raskolnikov and struggle with the same Faustian demons within ourselves. If life were only rational, we would not be human. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilda Garrancho | 2/14/2014

    " Fascinating story, however difficult to remember who's who with all the similar names. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clifford Christensen | 2/9/2014

    " One of my favorite books. A, at times, chilling and harrowing tale of self-deception, sin, and redemption. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben Guthrie | 2/6/2014

    " This is one of the few books of which I can truly say: it changed my life. Others can discuss the quality of the story, but for me its greatest power was that it held up a mirror and showed me what I was and what I could be. When it did that, I knew why I could not remain as I was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 1/31/2014

    " Possibly my favourite book. So well-written, and I really loved Dostoyevsky's incorporation of a philosophical examination within his story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilda Garrancho | 1/24/2014

    " Fascinating story, however difficult to remember who's who with all the similar names. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alice Smith | 1/23/2014

    " This book was dire. I couldn't get into it, though I struggled through a third of the book before giving up. On my 'try again in 10 years' list, but I doubt I'll be able to manage it even then. I've read extracts of other Dostoyevsky works, and enjoyed them, so this really was an unexpected disappointment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connor Robertson | 1/20/2014

    " When I tried to take this book out of the school library in fourth year, my English teacher told me that.. 'the day that you read Crime and Punishment is the day that I die.' I read it last week and I'm not sure how she's getting on but I am a whole lot better after reading this! I have never read a book that deals with so many aspects of modern life as this does. Poverty/Wealth, Sanity/Insanity, Love/Hate, Life/Death, Morality/Immorality. Philosophy, Psychology, Culture, Religion, Science, Humanity! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 1/20/2014

    " I'm sure that Fyodor had as hard a time writing it as I had reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ramona | 1/19/2014

    " If i had all the time in the world , I would read this book again - at least twice ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Beales | 1/16/2014

    " Perhaps the greatest novel of them all and the first to overwhelm me when I was a teenager with how brilliant a book could be... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Soleimanian | 1/15/2014

    " Spoiler: This book is 5% Crime , 95% Punishment "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priya Sharma | 1/14/2014

    " hooks u till d end... amazing by Dostoyevsky. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 1/7/2014

    " takes a bit to get through but well worth the effort "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maca_48 | 12/30/2013

    " For a book with that many descriptions, lots of pages and lots of characters, it's actually not bad. if you kinda get into the story it wakes over you and you want to read it. it takes time to read it, but i would say its worth it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Raddassi | 12/28/2013

    " It's a really long book but it's really worth reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doopie | 12/22/2013

    " Of all the book we have to read for school, this is my favorite!!! It was so GOOD! And the ending was a so cute and just plain GREAT!!! I loved it!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 12/20/2013

    " Took me a while, but worth all 656 pages. So many round characters and plot points; it was difficult to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam8cn | 11/30/2013

    " I thought overall this was a great book. It incorparated many deep facts about life and it dug deep into your conceince. It made you think about life and its devilish and depressing ways. That is, of course, if you survive all 600 pages of it and the hard to understand russian phrases. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sambuddha | 11/30/2013

    " What a depiction of a descent into madness and destruction! Every possible detail of the overpowering of guilt is described minutely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Clinger | 11/29/2013

    " Loved getting back to the classics. Thought provoking, a great study of the effects of carrying a secret around with you, and how it can effect your life choices! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Desai | 11/27/2013

    " Whew! Hard read (for me at least). This book delves into the very strange mind of a killer in some very intriguing ways. Would not want to read it again ( ever), but I am glad I did read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Em Bielinski | 11/26/2013

    " Can't believe I read this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Moynihan | 11/19/2013

    " I love books that get inside people's heads. Especially when what you find is really twisted and complex. This one of my favorite books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Treceratops | 11/17/2013

    " VERY russian... also VERY hard to get through... also a VERY good book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen Leithauser | 11/7/2013

    " I'm not going to lie....this one was kind of boring... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raina | 11/5/2013

    " Read this for AP english in 1999. Really, really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Burke | 11/3/2013

    " One of the best books I have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Federica | 10/31/2013

    " Mozzafiato e angosciosa discesa agli inferi! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina Earles | 10/24/2013

    " Another of my favorites from Russian literature. A must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hester Bennett | 10/10/2013

    " Good thing I'm not suicidal... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 6/17/2013

    " This was a hard book to read, but I'm glad I did. I give 4 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 4/28/2013

    " I can't even say, I am still thinking about it and will be for a long time. I think I am going to have to read it again!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica Buraslan | 4/20/2013

    " This is definitely on my "never reading again" list. Dostoyevsky has his merits. I must say it, but this book is beyond boring. It has a lesson, yeah, a message, yeah, but it's deadly boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony Klubert | 3/23/2013

    " If you have the time and patience, this is a great book to absorb. Its a great story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andra | 2/21/2013

    " More challenging than any thriller book or movie I have read / seen in years. Vivid descriptions, dramatic turns of situation, a very refined analysis of human mind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David Bates | 1/29/2013

    " See review for Wuthering Heights. The only reason this got a second star is because it wasn't as sappy in its content as Wuthering Heights. This was a crime novel that depressed me, which is still preferable to a romance novel that depresses me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 11/27/2012

    " I loved this book. I thought that I would have to make a big effort to read it but found it very readable. I found reading it as an adult that I definitely saw things in this book that I would not have understood if I read it in school like a lot of my friends did. Give it a try. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charles Snow | 11/8/2012

    " This makes me what to poke my eyes out. I must not be cut out for the Russian classics. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kirsten | 10/2/2012

    " The worst book I've ever read? Maybe not, but it wins the prizes for Most Annoying Book, Book Most Like Nails on a Chalkboard, Most Histrionic Book, and Book I'd Most Like to Throw Across the Room. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A | 9/2/2012

    " amazing very deep story. Very intense and hard to read, but also hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Örer | 7/16/2012

    " I've read this twice. It completely sucks you in. The scene where the horse is flogged particularly sticks in my mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Antoniewicz | 9/5/2011

    " An amazing novel. Breathtaking, even if Dostoevsky can labour the reader on some subjects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurenthestar | 4/30/2011

    " I read this one for as an assignment for school and it is a bit slow at the the beggining but it tends to get more interesting as the story continues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 3/8/2011

    " A brilliant study of the human psyche. A great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Mader | 11/10/2010

    " It was a really good book, but I didn't really get into reading it until I got an audio book because it was slow from time to time. Every now and again I had issues keeping up on who was who. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vince | 8/24/2010

    " Time to give this another go. Having read it many years ago (high school?), I remember only the general outlines and the trouble I had keeping all the characters straight because they each had so many different names! This particular translation is highly regarded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betzy | 7/11/2010

    " I have read this book twice. I am looking forward to listening to the audiobook. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Jacobs | 4/17/2010

    " I must revisit this novel as I read it oh so long ago. It would be interesting to see how I feel about it now, 25 or so years later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emelyanova Masha | 10/26/2009

    " One of my favourites, I have reread it about 3 times and will probably rearead it again "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KR | 5/9/2009

    " A long complicated read, as most Russian authors are, but a really great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 4/18/2009

    " It took me awhile to get through this book but it was so entertaining. And the story has stuck with me even a few weeks after reading it. This is a book ill reread "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amani Yousfan | 3/22/2009

    " It is a marvellous and impressive novel but it needs very very deep understanding and pure mind...like it alot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shebin | 2/28/2009

    " Too good in describing details upto the micro-level, details the thought process of human minds in a creative way ... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 1/23/2009

    " I'm sure that Fyodor had as hard a time writing it as I had reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bko | 11/12/2008

    " Desde el inicio sabes el desenlace de libro sin embargo no puedes dejar de leer "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 9/26/2008

    " Loved in 10th grade and got in a fight with my English teacher about the meaning of the ending. I really must read it again to see whether my perspective has changed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cee Smith | 9/2/2008

    " This book takes about 400 pages to build up to any action. A lot of it is spent with the brooding main character who ponders whether or not murder makes him a superior person. If you're into psychoanalysis, this is the book for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Green | 7/22/2008

    " Always a project, always an awakening ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Core | 2/27/2007

    " Russian politicians may be ham fisted and tone deaf, but their top writers pursue psychological drama to its fullest. The crime is committed early and the rest of the book is dedicated to the detective "wearing down" the perp who's not in custody. Sound boring - not on your life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jcshumate | 5/21/2006

    " not as good as Lonesome Dove. "

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About the Author

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821­–1881) was a Russian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer whose writings had a profound and universal influence on the twentieth-century novel.

About the Narrator

Anthony Heald, an Audie Award–winning narrator, has earned Tony nominations and an Obie Award for his theater work; appeared in television’s Law & Order, The X-Files, Miami Vice, and Boston Public; and starred as Dr. Frederick Chilton in the 1991 Oscar-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his family.