Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders through the slums of St Petersburg and commits a random murder without remorse or regret. He imagines himself to be a great man, a Napoleon: acting for a higher purpose beyond conventional moral law. But as he embarks on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, Raskolnikov is pursued by the growing voice of his conscience and finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. Only Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute, can offer the chance of redemption.
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There's a reason this book is listed among the Classics, it's superb. Extremely intellectual and smart, the book plunges you into the life of someone who committed a crime and his desperate struggle to be redeemed. If you've ever had guilt for something you've done, you can put yourself square in the shoes of the main character as he struggles for redemption. Two big thumbs up.
Great Story...Product Lacking
This audio version of Crime and Punishment would have gotten more stars from me; the story is engaging and Alex Jennings' narration is great, but what I don't like is that there are NO CHAPTERS in the recording. I listen to audiobooks to help me sleep at night, and without chapters, it's hard to get back to where I drifted off the previous night. I don't understand why someone would consider this a finished product, and I wish that iTunes would let us know when an audiobook has no chapters. Had I known this I probably would have looked for another version. Still, I like Dostoyevsky's writing style (or this translator's version, anyway), and Jennings' voice stays interested without being overplayed.
I loved this book. I thought it would be too intelectual for me but it was not. It really caught my attention quickly and held it for the full time. I really did not want to stop listening, but we all have jobs right.