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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (189,776 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

Translated by Constance Garnett. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Serradeniz | 2/15/2014

    " This is my all times favorite! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dean | 2/6/2014

    " Possibly my all time favourite. Evil genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sandy | 2/4/2014

    " A much easier read than I expected, though quite long (over 500 pages). I wouldn't recommend the Kindle version though....the translator made several English errors, which the editors apparently didn't pick up....this sort of bothered me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katherine | 1/28/2014

    " There is something really satisfying about getting through a dense Russian classic during the winter. I don't know that I can add anything worthwhile to the wealth of criticism on Dostoyevsky, so I won't say too much. Crive and Punishment was interesting to me because of how easy it was to sympathize and even relate to its desperate antihero, Raskolnikov, as well as the range of other disparate characters. The story is a full immersion into another time, place, and circumstance; and what more can you ask for from a novel than to be taken somewhere you can't actually go? "

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