ABOUT THE BOOK

  • ADVANCED LEVEL
  • 3100 HEADWORDS
  • 65 PAGES (PDF)
  • 2H 03M OF AUDIO

Raskolnikov, a young student, has been forced to give up his university studies because of lack of money. He withdraws from society and, poor and lonely, he develops a plan to murder a greedy old moneylender. Surely the murder of one worthless old woman would be excused, even approved of, if it made possible a thousand good deeds? But this crime is just the beginning of the story…

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KEY FEATURES

PRINTABLE PDF

You´ll receive the book in PDF format that you can download, open on any mobile device, or print.

HIGH-QUALITY AUDIO 

The audio has been recorded in a professional studio. All audio files are downloadable.

STRESS MARKS

All Russian words have accent marks to help you pronounce them correctly.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

English translation of difficult words and phrases. Don´t waste your precious time looking up unknown words!

COMPREHENSION Qs

Comprehension questions are included at the end of each chapter so that you can test your understanding.

KEY FEATURES

PRINTABLE PDF

You´ll receive the book in PDF format that you can download, open on any mobile device or print.

HIGH-QUALITY AUDIO

The audio has been recorded in a professional studio. All audio files are downloadable.

STRESS MARKS

All Russian words have accent marks to help you pronounce them correctly.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

English translation of difficult words and phrases. Don´t waste your precious time looking up unknown words!

COMPREHENSION Qs

Comprehension questions are included at the end of each chapter so that you can test your understanding.

LOOK INSIDE

     Молодо́й челове́к вы́шел из камо́рки, в кото́рой жил, и ме́дленно, сло́вно в нереши́тельности, пошёл к мосту́. Ему́ удало́сь избежа́ть встре́чи с хозя́йкой.

          Его́ камо́рка находи́лась под кры́шей высо́кого пятиэта́жного до́ма и была́ бо́льше похо́жа на чула́н, чем на ко́мнату. Хозя́йка камо́рки жи́ла этажо́м ни́же. Ка́ждый раз, выходя́ из до́ма, он до́лжен был проходи́ть ми́мо её ку́хни, дверь кото́рой всегдá остава́лась откры́той. И ка́ждый раз, проходя́ ми́мо, молодо́й челове́к испы́тывал стыд. Он был в безнадёжном до́лгу пе́ред хозя́йкой и боя́лся встре́чи с ней.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

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DAN FLICK – USA

This book is based on one of the greatest novels ever written. I’d always heard of Crime and Punishment but had never read or watched it. This book was my gateway to the story and it was fabulous. In fact, after reading it, I bought the English Language version as well. This book was a perfect telling of the story in many fewer pages. All the major parts of the plot were covered. I hope to read the full novel in Russian but that is a long way off as the English version was a semi-tough read and would be insane in Russian. That is what makes these books so wonderful. And they build your vocabulary like crazy.

JOE DILLON

I am enjoying this reader very much. Although this novel is a little above my current Russian level, I chose it because the story is so interesting. Thanks for including the accent/stress markings, they have been very helpful. With my French background, the Russian word stress is not always intuitive!  I feel that this novel, although challenging, is definitely boosting my Russian. I’m being extra careful whilst reading so as not to lose any valuable plot information.

JONATHAN WALKER – UK

Kristina’s approach to teaching Russian is very well worked out, and I only wish her books and audio recordings had been available a couple of decades ago when I was first studying Russian. I’ve studied many languages to various levels, and Kristina has managed to produce some of the best language-learning material I’ve seen, and she has clearly thought through the problems of previous methods. In particular, she understands the need to offer learners material that they will be strongly motivated to read and study (as opposed to, say, antiquated dialogues about buying a stamp in a post office, or at a higher level, dull news reports on alcoholism statistics in Chelyabinsk).

Her inclusion of accents is very welcome, even in a book marked as “advanced”, since I’ve been told (by a Russian) that even senior academics in Russian/Slavonic Studies departments still regularly mis-stress various words in their conference papers (normal words, not just surnames) – so this is a serious problem that besets even those whose Russian is at a very high level, and Kristina is trying to prevent her students from going the same way as their predecessors.

In books for language learners that have a gloss, the editors often seem to misjudge or simply overlook what the learner needs to see explained, with the result that easy phrases are covered unnecessarily while opaque idioms are left without any key. Again, Kristina has judged her explanations very well, and has obviously taken care of this aspect of the book.

I’ll admit that I haven’t yet begun to compare Kristina’s version of the text to Dostoevsky’s, but given the hard work and expertise she shows in other areas, I have little doubt that she has carried out her editing of the original with the same care.

I look forward to learning from many more of Kristina’s books and videos, and I hope that others who have benefitted from her teaching will support her excellent work by continuing to purchase her books.

GIANNI – Switzerland

What I like about this book is that it is very much condensed, meaning there are no long (and maybe unnecessary) descriptions of people, nature, towns, but it is pretty straightforward just the story. Of course, it’s not the same as the real book, but it’s a good way to get the first glimpse of Russian classics. The structure of the book is ok, you have short paragraphs and then follow the vocabulary, mostly phrases, not single words. All in all, it’s a good way to improve your Russian skills by reading and listening to the classics. The price is ok. Of course, you’ll find the real version for free, but it will be way more difficult to read.

LOUIS HANSELL – USA

I am enjoying reading this book. My level is beyond very beginner but certainly not advanced. The text is challenging, and I am enjoying the challenge. The audio is great, and I listen to passages multiple times to catch everything. For the print, some advanced phrases and sentences are highlighted and translated into English. Again, I reread the text and included translations to become familiar with the vocabulary. I need repetition for it to sink in. I read this title in English many years ago, so I am somewhat familiar with the plot and characters. Reading it in Russian helps me understand some of the Dostoyevsky word usage, and to see how he creates an atmosphere or mood. You cannot go wrong with any of the books offered. I have other books from Kristina, ones with more elementary text, and they are useful to read and reread, but I enjoy the challenge of this classic for both the stretching of my vocabulary and the better appreciation of this classic novel.

LAM ANDREA – China

This book is good to practice Russian speaking and listening. Since I feel difficult to learn the pronunciation of Russian words, this book helps to understand the stress and learn new vocabulary. I found not many teachers can use this way to help students. It fits my current level. Hope in the future, Kristina can make more books like this. It’s good for Russian learners.

DAN WHITMAN – USA

For me, Kristina’s version of Crime and Punishment comes providentially timed, since I am also watching the Russian  movie version of 2005. Kristina’s text is simplified enough to make it accessible to the intermediate reader. However, the vocabulary is mainly intact, and greatly expands mine. Having difficult phrases translated into English is ideal for me since I can quickly see into phrases I need to learn, and saves the time of often running to the dictionary.