Crime and Punishment

Fyodor M. Dostoevsky, Author, Dick Hill, Read by
Fyodor Dostoyevski, read by Dick Hill, Tantor Media, unabridged, 19 CDs, 23.5 hrs., $45.99 ISBN 978-1-4001-1603-4
Reviewed on: 12/20/2010
Release date: 07/01/2010
Dostoyevski's classic novel of murder and guilt, featuring the conflicted killer Raskolnikov and his intellectually nimble antagonist Porfiry Petrovich, is read by the well-regarded Dick Hill. The combination should make for a must-listen audiobook, but the results are disappointingly plodding. Hill overemotes much of Dostoyevski's emotionally charged dialogue, rendering a delicate series of encounters as an array of outbursts and breakdowns. Listeners might find themselves wishing that Hill would restrain himself from the pitfalls of facile emotion in favor of a straight delivery of the inherent drama and descriptive splendor of the novel In a welcome technological twist, however, Tantor includes an e-book with this audiobook (as it does with most of its classic audiobooks), giving readers multiple options for how they might prefer to encounter Dostoyevski. (Sept.)
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