Crime and Punishment or Tale of Two Cities

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    Crime and Punishment or Tale of Two Cities

    I need a new book to read (listen to). I think I have it down to Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky or Tale of Two Cities by Dickens.

    Any recommendations?
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    actually, that "listen to" comment changed my vote. Crime and Punishment is a good read - but I can't imagine listening through it.

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    Can't comment on "listening" to it - but Crime and Punishment is one of my all time favorite novels. Can't go wrong with Dostoevsky.

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    Hmmmm.

    Well, I would say Crime and Punishment. I read it, I listened to Tale of Two Cities as an audiobook.


    ToTC was an audiobook because I couldn't read the damn thing. It was too boring. I am not a fan of Dickens. CaP was good enough that I read it eagerly.
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    Normally I would say Crime and punishment, but since you are going to listen to it, I'll go with tale of two cities.

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    Comic book. Or Tom Clancy novel.
    It's funny until someone gets hurt. Then it's hilarious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Einstruzende
    I need a new book to read (listen to). I think I have it down to Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky or Tale of Two Cities by Dickens.

    Any recommendations?
    Don't think I'd want to listen to either of those. If pushed...probably the Dickens.
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    Two of my favorites, with C&P slightly higher on the list. I'll agree with the others. If you haven't read any Dostoevsky it could be tough breaking through his, and the historical Russian, style by listening. Personally, I think my head would explode listening to C&P. ToTC would probably be a much more rewarding listen.

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    Crime and Punishment is a better book than anything by Dickens. Which is not to say that Dicken's books are bad.

    As neither will by read by the author, pick the one read by the woman with the sexiest voice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeBiker
    Crime and Punishment is a better book than anything by Dickens. Which is not to say that Dicken's books are bad.

    As neither will by read by the author, pick the one read by the woman with the sexiest voice.
    Yeah but to listen to? Why not something like Bill Bryson's Walk in the Woods or something similarly lighthearted? C&P is pretty heavy stuff for the morning commute.

    I'll save you some time with the book a minute version of C&P:

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    Raskolnikov
    I'm so extraordinary, I can commit crimes. (kills some people)
    Sonia
    I'm the spiritual side of Raskolnikov.
    Porfiry
    I'm the intellectual side of Raskolnikov.
    Raskolnikov
    I have reconciled the two sides of my personality, represented so well by Sonia and Porfiry. (confesses)
    THE END

    Here's the Dickens:

    Doctor released,
    Marquis deceased,
    Darnay acquitted,
    Monarchy submitted,
    Marriage announced,
    Darnay denounced,
    Places are switched,
    Blades are twitched,
    Seamstress cries,
    Carton dies.

    THE END

    "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark." -S. Hawking

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    Have read neither

    But perhaps I should. I just finished Atlas Shrugged so I could do for some light reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by undies
    But perhaps I should. I just finished Atlas Shrugged so I could do for some light reading.
    Here's some light reading...

    http://www.rinkworks.com/bookaminute/classics.shtml

    War and Peace--Leo Tolstoy
    History controls everything we do, so there is no point in observing individual actions. Let's examine the individual actions of over 500 characters at great length.
    THE END

    --------------------------------------------

    Dr Suess, The Lorax

    Kid
    Why did the Lorax go away?
    Once-ler
    Because people chopped down trees and made the world stink.


    THE END

    "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark." -S. Hawking

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bocephus Jones II
    http://www.rinkworks.com/bookaminute/classics.shtml

    Moby Dick By Herman Melville

    Ishmael

    Call me Ishmael.

    Captain Ahab

    Crew, we will seek the white whale and kill it, because I am insane.

    Crew

    Alas, your destructive obsession will be our undoing.

    (They almost find the white whale. Then they almost find the white whale. Then they find it.)

    Captain Ahab

    I stab at thee. I stab at thee.

    (Everybody dies except Ishmael, although this is no surprise, because it was foreshadowed CONTINUALLY from the BEGINNING.)
    Dang. Why couldn't I find this web site before I wasted months of my life reading Moby Dick?

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    Quote Originally Posted by undies
    Dang. Why couldn't I find this web site before I wasted months of my life reading Moby Dick?
    Catch-22

    Colonel Cathcart
    I want a promotion, so I screw over all my men.
    Yossarian
    I want to get out of here, so I walk around naked and pretend to be sick.
    Colonel Cathcart
    Fine. Praise us, and we'll let you go home.
    Yossarian
    No. I'll desert instead, because I've learned that war is crazy, and it's bad too, because it makes people do really weird things and die. Also, high ranking military officers are evil incarnate.
    Easily Deluded Reader
    Look at all the subtext. This must be one of the greatest anti-war pieces of our time.


    THE END
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    The Metamorphosis

    Gregor Samsa

    Holy crap, I'm a vermin thingie!

    (He DIES...eventually.)



    THE END

    Had to suffer through that one in high school. I like this version much better.
    Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. -- Douglas Adams.

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    get a mac.
    you might as well have gone to Taco Bell and had a Zima while dropping a blotter and snorting Tabasco. OMFG. ~ttug

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    Quote Originally Posted by gutfiddle
    get a mac.
    Dickens' A Christmas Carol

    Ebenezer Scrooge
    Bah, humbug. You'll work thirty-eight hours on Christmas Day, keep the heat at five degrees, and like it.
    Ghost of Jacob Marley
    Ebenezer Scrooge, three ghosts of Christmas will come and tell you you're mean.
    Three Ghosts of Christmas
    You're mean.
    Ebenezer Scrooge
    At last, I have seen the light. Let's dance in the streets. Have some money.


    THE END
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bocephus Jones II
    Geez, their Animal Farm is longer than the original.
    Mike

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    Walden

    By Henry David Thoreau

    Ultra-Condensed by Samuel Stoddard




    Henry David Thoreau
    A truly rich man doesn't have money but rather courage, truth, and an inner glory that transcends the passiveness of our physical beings. That's why I'm going to live in the boonies.
    (Two years later...)
    I'm getting the heck out of here and getting my pencil-making job back. Um. But what I said still goes.


    THE END
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    great expectations

    or tale of two cities

    crime and punishment...a little heavy for listening
    I THINK PERHAPS YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND. PEOPLE'S WHOLE LIVES DO PASS IN FRONT OF THEIR EYES BEFORE THEY DIE. THE PROCESS IS CALLED "LIVING."

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    I went with Tale of Two Cities. I'll just actually read Crime and Punishment.
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