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Short Synopsis
The best-known of Fyodor Dostoevsky's masterpieces, Crime and Punishment is the story of a murder committed on principle—of a killer who wishes by his action to set himself outside and above society—and a novel of great physical and psychological tension.

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A desperate young man plans the perfect crime—the murder of a despicable pawnbroker, an old woman no one loves and no one will mourn. Is it not just, he reasons, for a man of genius to commit such a crime—to transgress moral law—if it will ultimately benefit humanity?

So begins one of the greatest novels ever written: a powerful psychological study, a terrifying murder mystery, and a fascinating detective thriller infused with philosophical, religious, and social commentary. Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in a garret in the gloomy slums of St. Petersburg, carries out his grotesque scheme and plunges into a hell of persecution, madness, and terror.

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—a man who cannot escape his own conscience.

Crime and Punishment

Author Fyodor Dostoevsky

Narrated by Dick Hill

Publication date Jul 26, 2010

Running time 24 hrs

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