A Audie Award Finalist for Literary Fiction Audie Award Finalist for Literary Fiction
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.
“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.”
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Simply SuperbJanuary 27, 2014I don’t need to convince you that Crime and Punishment is a Great Book. All you need to know is that this is a Great Recording of a Great Book.
I admit that, when Downpour offered it as their free selection for January, I was delighted until I saw the reader was Anthony Heald. His performance of Red Badge of Courage had struck me as too self-consciously folksy. But this performance is superb. He carries the action forward without giving short shrift to details. And since most of that action takes place in Rodion Raskolnikov’s troubled head, the book demands a sensitive, even perceptive reading. This Heald supplies to the full. After the first few minutes I was delighted all over again.
Many thanks to Downpour for offering this kind of literature—and this level of performance—for free.
fabulous readJanuary 4, 2014Excellent narration of a gripping story. The reader will be compelled to keep listening from beginning to end.
It is a vivid account that offers such a visual I absolutely am hooked!
I am not ignorant of the Law AnymoreJanuary 3, 2014This help me understand more about some real crime punishment, the whole thing is awesome and I feel like I know everything now, I am not ignorant anymore.
Fantastic reading!May 23, 2013I can't say enough about Anthony Heald's reading of this book He more or less acted out the entire novel. It was immensely satisfying.
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.
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- Publisher: Craig Black
- Genre: Fiction/Classics
- ISBN-13: 978-1-4551-8925-0