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Anna Karenina

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Winner: Audible's Best of 2016 - Classic "Anna Karenina is one of my favorite books. But when I agreed to read it for Audible, I had no idea how much work it would be, how intense it would be, and how deeply I would fall in love with it. There were places where I thought 'if I don't give Alexey Alexandrovitch the respect that he deserves in my reading of this scene, a critical part of the book will be ruined. If I don't give EVERYONE the utmost respect and understanding, I'm not doing justice to this brilliantly compassionate book.' But at the same time, I also wanted to have a light touch in the way I played the different characters, so that the magnificence of the novel could shine through. I feel like performing this novel is one of the major accomplishments of my work life - it was so challenging and so deep, a real pleasure." (Narrator Maggie Gyllenhaal) Leo Tolstoy's classic story of doomed love is one of the most admired novels in world literature. Generations of readers have been enthralled by his magnificent heroine, the unhappily married Anna Karenina, and her tragic affair with dashing Count Vronsky. Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight, The Honourable Woman) cites Tolstoy's epic as one of her favorite books of all time, and her love for the literature permeates her performance. Anna Karenina is a masterpiece not only because of the unforgettable woman at its core and the stark drama of her fate but also because it explores and illuminates the deepest questions about how to live a fulfilled life.

Public Domain (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 35 hrs and 35 mins
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War and Peace

90 ratings

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Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable. Out of this complex narrative emerges a profound examination of the individual's place in the historical process, one that makes it clear why Thomas Mann praised Tolstoy for his Homeric powers and placed War and Peace in the same category as The Iliad.  War and Peace was translated by Constance Garnett.

Public Domain (P)2009 Blackstone Audio

Length: 61 hrs and 6 mins
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Anna Karenina

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Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky. Translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude.

©1994 BBC Audiobooks Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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War and Peace, Volume 1

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War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869. In addition it is, famously, one of the longest books in Western literature and therefore a remarkable challenge for any reader. Neville Jason read the abridged version of War and Peace and proved his marathon powers with his outstanding performance of Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. These make him the ideal narrator to essay Tolstoy's epic. War and Peace was translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude.

© and (P) Naxos Rights International

Narrator: Neville Jason
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
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War and Peace, Volume 2

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War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869. In addition it is, famously, one of the longest books in Western literature and therefore a remarkable challenge for any reader. Neville Jason read the abridged version of War and Peace and proved his marathon powers with his outstanding performance of Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. These make him the ideal narrator to essay Tolstoy's epic. War and Peace was translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude.

© and (P) Naxos Rights International

Narrator: Neville Jason
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 31 hrs and 24 mins
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A Confession

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At this time I began to write, from vanity, greed, and pride. In my writings I did exactly as in life. In order to possess the glory and the wealth for whose sake I wrote, it was necessary to conceal the good, and to display the bad. And so I did. Tolstoy’s autobiographical essay is a dissection of his soul, a study of his life’s movement away from the religious certainties of youth, and a vital piece of reading which contextualizes the great works he is best known for. Marking the point at which his life moved from the worldly to the spiritual, Tolstoy’s philosophical reassessment of the Orthodox faith is a work that holds vital spiritual and intellectual importance to this very day.

©2011 christianaudio.com (P)2011 christianaudio.com

Narrator: Simon Vance
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
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War and Peace (AmazonClassics Edition)

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In early nineteenth-century Russia, the threat of Napoleon’s invasion looms, and the lives of millions are about to be changed forever. This includes Pierre Bezúkhov, illegitimate son of an aristocrat; Andrew Bolkónski, ambitious military scion; and Natásha Rostóva, compassionate daughter of a nobleman. All of them are unprepared for what lies ahead. Alongside their fellow compatriots - a catalog of enduring literary characters - Pierre, Andrew, and Natásha will be irrevocably torn between fate and free will. Through the bonds of love and family, and all that can break them, Tolstoy examines the effects of war on every strata of society in his masterwork of intimate - and epic - social history. Revised edition: Previously published as War and Peace, this edition of War and Peace (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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The Death of Ivan Ilyich

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The brilliance of this story is in how a normal bureaucrat, a judge in this case, has a small accident that winds up gradually taking his life. As he deals with this incident, with hope at first and then despair, he comes to terms with his family, his life, and the mediocrities that we all suffer with, except for the exceptional few. This story rings a particularly poignant note for those in early middle age facing the next part of their lives. This story is considered Tolstoy's best.

Public Domain (P)2011 Christina Brown

Narrator: Bill Dewees
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
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The Book of Cthulhu

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The Cthulhu Mythos is one of the 20th century's most singularly recognizable literary creations. Initially created by H. P. Lovecraft and a group of his amorphous contemporaries (the so-called "Lovecraft Circle"), The Cthulhu Mythos story cycle has taken on a convoluted, cyclopean life of its own. Some of the most prodigious writers of the 20th century, and some of the most astounding writers of the 21st century have planted their seeds in this fertile soil. The Book of Cthulhu harvests the weirdest and most corpulent crop of these modern mythos tales. From weird fiction masters to enigmatic rising stars, The Book of Cthulhu demonstrates how mythos fiction has been a major cultural meme throughout the 20th century, and how this type of story is still salient, and terribly powerful today.

©2011 Ross E. Lockhart (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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War and Peace

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Paterson Joseph, John Hurt, Lesley Manville and Harriet Walter are among the cast of BBC Radio 4's epic full-cast dramatisation. Adapted for radio by Timberlake Wertenbaker, Leo Tolstoy's epic story follows the fortunes of three Russian aristocratic families during the Napoleonic War. First broadcast on New Year's Day 2015, the drama also features Alun Armstrong, Natasha Little, David Calder, Phoebe Fox, Sam Reid and Joanna David. Duration: 10 hours approx.

©2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd. (P)2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd.

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The Death of Ivan Ilyich

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Hailed as one of the world’s masterpieces of psychological realism, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist, a high-court judge who has never given the inevitability of his death so much as a passing thought. But one day death announces itself to him, and to his shocked surprise, he is brought face-to-face with his own mortality. How, Tolstoy asks, does an unreflective man confront his one and only moment of truth? The first part of the story portrays Ivan Ilyich’s colleagues and family after he has died, as they discuss the effect of his death on their careers and fortunes. In the second part, Tolstoy reveals the life of the man whose death seems so trivial. The perfect bureaucrat, Ilyich treasured his orderly domestic and office routine. Diagnosed with an incurable illness, he at first denies the truth but is influenced by the simple acceptance of his servant boy, and he comes to embrace the boy’s belief that death is natural and not shameful. He comforts himself with happy memories of childhood and gradually realizes that he has ignored all his inner yearnings as he tried to do what was expected of him. Will Ilyich be able to come to terms with himself before his life ebbs away? This short novel was the artistic culmination of a profound spiritual crisis in Tolstoy’s own life, a nine-year period following the publication of Anna Karenina, during which he wrote not a word of fiction. A thoroughly absorbing glimpse into the abyss of death, it is also a strong testament to the possibility of finding spiritual salvation.

Public Domain (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Simon Prebble
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
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Resurrection

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When Prince Dmitri Nekhludov is called for jury duty on a murder case, he little knows how the experience will change his life. Faced with the accused, a prostitute, he recognizes Katusha, the young girl he seduced and abandoned many years before, and realizes his responsibility for the life of degradation she has been forced to lead. His determination to make amends leads him into the darkest reaches of the Tsarist prison system, and to the beginning of his spiritual regeneration. Based on a true story, Tolstoy’s final novel is a deeply moving and compassionate tale of human frailty and reformation.

Public Domain (P)2012 Naxos AudioBooks

Narrator: Neville Jason
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
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The Kingdom of God Is Within You

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The Kingdom of God Is Within You is a nonfiction book written by Leo Tolstoy. A philosophical treatise, the book was first published in Germany in 1894 after being banned in his home country of Russia. It is the culmination of 30 years of Tolstoy's thinking and lays out a new organization for society based on a literal Christian interpretation. The Kingdom of God Is Within You is a key text for Tolstoyan nonviolent resistance and Christian anarchist movements.

Public Domain (P)2018 Audio Enlightenment

Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
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Resurrection

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Leo Tolstoy stands tall among the great Russian novelists of the 19th century. Tolstoy based Resurrection, the last of his novels, on a true story of a philanderer whose misuse of a beautiful young orphan girl leads to her ruin. Fate brings the two together many years later, and the meeting awakens the man's moral conscience. Anger, intimacy, forgiveness, and grace result. While the situation of Tolstoy's plot is alien to most people, his nuanced treatment of mortal life is familiar to all. Later in his life Tolstoy confessed that he earlier had seduced two young girls for his pleasure. Perhaps his own deeds and their horrible consequences motivated him to write this novel with special passion. It is a particularly moving tale. Tolstoy's Resurrection is marvelous in the fullest sense of the word - a story so improbable that it must be a miraculous achievement.

©2008 christianaudio.com

Narrator: Simon Vance
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
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Anna Karenina

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Anna Karenina is widely considered to be one of Leo Tolstoy’s best works. Essentially a tragic love story, Anna Karenina tells the story of the rebellious and beautiful Anna and her passionate affair with Count Vronsky. Anna’s heartbreaking story unfolds against the colorful backdrop of 19th-century Russia, amid a hypercritical and unforgiving society that will never accept her for who she really is. Longing for passion, Anna indulges in a harmless affair. When the relationship turns serious, she makes the fateful decision to abandon her loveless marriage, but in an era when such things are unheard of, will the consequence of choosing her heart’s desire bring disaster? Anna Karenina was first published as a serial in the periodical The Russian Messenger from 1873 to 1877. Due to a political disagreement between Tolstoy and the editor, the final installment was not released until 1878 when it was compiled into a book.

Public Domain (P)2018 A.R.N. Publications

Narrator: Kate Petrie
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 32 hrs and 56 mins
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What Is Art?

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Tolstoy claims that all good art is related to the authentic life of the broader community and that the aesthetic value of a work of art is not independent of its moral content. The book is noteworthy not only for its famous iconoclasm and compelling attacks on the aestheticist notion of "art for art's sake" but even more for its wit, its lucid and beautiful prose, and its sincere expression of the deepest social conscience. Tolstoy is an author critics typically rank alongside Shakespeare and Homer. A sustained consideration of the cultural import of art by someone who himself was an artist of the highest stature will always remain relevant and fascinating to anyone interested in the place of art and literature in society.

Public Domain (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
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Anna Karenina

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Brought to you by Penguin.  Translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude. Anna is a beautiful, intelligent woman whose passionate affair with the dashing Count Vronsky leads her to ruin. But her story is also about a search for meaning, and by twinning it with that of Levin, an awkward idealist whose happy marriage and domestic trials form the backdrop for a similar quest, Tolstoy creates a rich and complex masterpiece that has captured the imagination of readers and listeners for decades. The Vintage Classic Russians Series: Published for the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, these are must-have editions of six epic masterpieces that have survived controversy, censorship and suppression to influence decades of thought and artistic expression.

Public Domain (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

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Tolstoy is primarily know for his impressively long novels, but he also wrote some wonderful short stories. This one, dealing with ambition and greed, has an unforgettable message.

Public Domain (P)1986 Jimcin Recordings

Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 36 mins
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War and Peace

1 rating

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War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the story as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

Public Domain (P)1995 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

Narrator: Neville Jason
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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The Gospel in Brief

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The Gospel in Brief is a 1902 synthesis of the four gospels of the New Testament into one narrative of the life of Jesus by Russian author Leo Tolstoy. The work focuses on Jesus's teachings to his followers, presumably those which Tolstoy found most compelling. The Gospel in Brief is thought by some to be deeply reflective of Tolstoy's own interpretation of Christianity. The account presented in Tolstoy's gospel is also notable in its sharp contrast with the contemporaneous views of the Russian Orthodox Church. Tolstoy was a fierce critic of the Russian Orthodox Church, which went so far as to excommunicate him for his writings on Christianity in 1901.

Public Domain (P)2018 Olive Branch Audio

Narrator: Gregg Rizzo
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
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Now is the Time to Open Your Heart

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple, Possessing the Secret of Joy, and The Temple of My Familiar now gives us a beautiful new novel that is at once a deeply moving personal story and a powerful spiritual journey. In Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart, Alice Walker has created a work that ranks among her finest achievements: the story of a woman's spiritual adventure that becomes a passage through time, a quest for self, and a collision with love. Kate has always been a wanderer. A well-published author, married many times, she has lived a life rich with explorations of the natural world and the human soul. Now, at 57, she leaves her lover, Yolo, to embark on a new excursion, one that begins on the Colorado River, proceeds through the past, and flows, inexorably, into the future. As Yolo begins his own parallel voyage, Kate encounters celibates and lovers, shamans and snakes, memories of family disaster and marital discord, and emerges at a place where nothing remains but love. Told with the accessible style and deep feeling that are its author's hallmarks, Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart is Alice Walker's most surprising achievement.

©2004 Alice Walker (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
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In His Own Words: Conversations with Leo Tolstoy

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When most think of Tolstoy, they think of the great author. War and Peace and Anna Karenina brought him worldwide fame, and a good deal of money. Had he done nothing else in life, these two novels would have ensured him status and respect. Few others had written both a national epic and a great love story; and some might have been content with that.For his last 30 years, however, Tolstoy walked a different track. After his spiritual crisis, when he was 50, he exchanged his author’s clothes for those of a prophet – a prophet who was to have a great influence on Gandhi, amongst others. Through his prolific writing, he now became the scourge of the rich, the Church, and the Government. Neither did he miss an opportunity to denounce both science and art. Darwin? Dostoyevsky? Shakespeare? No one was to be left standing.In Conversations with Leo Tolstoy, Simon Parke grants us the honour of sitting with the great man, towards the end of his life, and gives us the chance to chat with him. The conversation is imagined, but not Tolstoy’s answers. This is Tolstoy is his own words, drawn from his extensive books, essays, and letters, and the military, vegetarianism, marriage, non-violence, death, God, and sex are all on the agenda. ‘I want people to come away feeling they know Tolstoy,’ says Simon Parke, who was keen to use only Tolstoy’s authentic words. ‘They will be become aware of his opinions certainly, for he was forthright in those. He had an opinion on everything! But I hope also that people leave with a sense of the man beneath the opinions. I don’t always agree with him; but it is hard not to admire him. He was far from perfect, but as he says: just because he walks the road like a drunk, doesn’t mean it’s the wrong road.’

©2009 White Crow Productions Ltd (P)2009 White Crow Productions Ltd

Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
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The Death of Ivan Ilych

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Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina, was foremost among the great Russian novelists of the 19th century, and is widely considered one of the greatest writers of prose fiction in world history. In his perceptive and moving depiction of Ivan Ilych, a worldly careerist facing his own mortality in the midst of a self-absorbed family and indifferent colleagues, Tolstoy provides one of literature's greatest and most memorable reflections on the meaning of the good life and on life as preparation for death. This edition features the classic Oxford translation of Aylmer and Louise Maude, of whom Tolstoy himself said, "Better translators, both for knowledge of the two languages and for penetration into the very meaning of the matter translated, could not be invented."

©2015 Hythloday Press (P)2015 Hythloday Press

Narrator: Soren Filipski
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
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Work, Death and Sickness

Summary

Tolstoy wrote this fascinating story in 1903. It is a parable about God ‘s creation of work, death, and sickness in order to make mankind happier. Finally, God saw that mankind did not really want to be happy, so he left them alone.

Public Domain (P)2019 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: David Emerson
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 7 mins
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Wisdom of Leo Tolstoy

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Leo Tolstoy was born to an aristocratic Russian family, became a world-famous influential novelist, and then chose to lead the simple life of a peasant. Dating from this last part of his life, Tolstoy’s influential book What I Believe takes readers along on the path to a life modeled literally on Jesus Christ’s "Sermon on the Mount" and the teachings of the Gospels. In revealing and frank essays he reimagines a faith without dogma, centered solely on Jesus’ doctrine of love, humility, and self-denial. This collection of chapters from What I Believe includes examinations of Resist Not Evil, Judge Not Thy Neighbor, Letting Go of Fear, and Allowing Forgiveness.

©1968 Philosophical Library (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Mark Turetsky
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
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Unusual Fairy Tales

Summary

A delightful collection of lesser known traditional and modern fairy stories: 1. "The King of the Golden River" 2. "The Empty Drum" 3. "The Fire Spirit" 4. "The Tree of Death" 5. "The Smuggler’s Daughter" 6. "A Dream of Wild Bees" 7. "The Fisherman" 8. "The Masked Ball" 9. "The Petrified Man" 10. "The Were-Wolf" 11. "The Walled Nun of Avila" 12. "The Little Grey Mouse" 13. "The Serpent Woman" 14. "The Castle of Jativa" 15. "Ourson" 16. "The Magic Turban, the Magic Sword and the Magic Carpet" 17. "The Three Silver Citrons" 18. "The Magic Pipe" 19. "The Triumph of Truth" 20. "Life’s Secret" 21. "The King of Root Valley" 22. "The Wonderful Pear Tree" 23. "The Stone Monkey" 24. "Stealing Peaches" 25. "The Painted Skin" 26. "The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains" 27. "The Bee-Man of Orn" 28. "The History of Ali Cogia" 29. "The Talking Eggs" 30. "The Girl Who Was Tired of Love"

Public Domain (P)2015 Red Door Audiobooks

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The Story of Sha'el

Summary

Sha'el wanted to live a simple life, but with his tribe faced with extortion by a greedy king after narrowly escaping a wintry death, he did what was necessary to protect his people. From the camps' best blacksmith to possibly being their only hope of survival, this is the story heralded by most in Crestahn, for it signified the beginning of Crestonian rule.  Follow Sha'el on his journey to becoming the first Crestonian king of Feldentus!

©2020 Dartanyan Johnson (P)2021 Dartanyan Johnson

Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
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The Kreutzer Sonata

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One of Tolstoy’s most important shorter works, The Kreutzer Sonata presents a problematic view of the relationship between the sexes and promotes abstinence as the solution. Pozdnyshev jealously observes the intimacy that emerges between his wife and a violin player. Haunted by The Kreutzer Sonata, over which they bonded, it plays round and round in Pozdnyshev’s head, driving him to distraction and to an unquenchable rage. The Kreutzer Sonata is a psychologically fascinating novella, offering interesting insights into the power play between the sexes.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

Public Domain (P)2010 Naxos AudioBooks

Narrator: Jonathan Oliver
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
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The Kingdom of God Is Within You

Summary

The Kingdom of God Is Within You by Leo Tolstoy is a philosophical treatise first published in Germany in 1894 after being banned in his home country of Russia. The work is the culmination of 30 years of Tolstoy's thinking, and sets out rules for a new organization of society, based on an interpretation of Christianity which focuses on universal love. In a bold and original way, Tolstoy shows his audiences why violence of any type - even that sanctioned by the state or the church - must be rejected. A high degree of the book’s appeal lies in its emphasis on fair treatment of the poor and the working class. Its concept of Christianity is that of a workable philosophy originating from the words of a remarkable teacher, and it has inspired many religious and secular leaders, including Gandhi.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
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The Greatest Christian Stories Ever Written

Summary

This a handpicked collection of some of the greatest Christian stories ever written. Many were written by the most celebrated authors of all time - such as Leo Tolstoy, Mary Twain, and Johanna Spyri. When we speak of these works as Christian stories, we mean that each story has a powerful Christian message based on Jesus' teachings. Three of the stories are from Jesus himself. Others were written by devout believers like Henry Van Dyke and Johanna Spyri. Yet, one of the authors, Mark Twain, was not a Christian himself. Leo Tolstoy radically embraced the teachings of Jesus, but he struggled most of his life with orthodox Christian doctrines. Yet, the stories included herein from both Twain and Tolstoy reveal profound insights into the teachings of Christ. Among the unabridged works contained in this compilation are: "The Other Wise Man" by Henry Van Dyke "Moni, the Goat Boy" by Johanna Spyri "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" by Leo Tolstoy "The Silver Mine" by Selma Lagerlof "The War Prayer" by Mark Twain "Where Love Is, God Is" by Leo Tolstoy "The Little Hero of Holland" by Mary Mapes Dodge "Androcles and the Lion" (Traditional) "A Spark Neglected Burns the House" by Leo Tolstoy

©2008 Scroll Publishing Company (P)2008 Scroll Publishing Company

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The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories

Summary

Hailed as one of the world's supreme masterpieces on the subject of death and dying, Leo Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilyich" is the story of a worldly careerist, a high court judge who has never given the inevitability of his death so much as a passing thought. But one day, death announces itself to him, and to his shocked surprise he is brought face to face with his own mortality. How, Tolstoy asks, does an unreflective man confront his one and only moment of truth? This novella was the artistic culmination of a profound spiritual crisis in Tolstoy's life, a nine-year period following the publication of Anna Karenina during which he wrote not a word of fiction. A thoroughly absorbing and, at times, terrifying glimpse into the abyss of death, it is also a strong testament to the possibility of finding spiritual salvation. Also included in this volume are "The Forged Coupon," "After the Dance," "My Dream," "There Are No Guilty People," and "The Young Tsar."

©1923 Public Domain (P)2009 Tantor

Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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The Death of Ivan Ilyich

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The Death of Ivan Ilyich - first published in 1886, is a novella by Leo Tolstoy, considered one of the masterpieces of his late fiction, written shortly after his religious conversion of the late 1870s. Usually classed among the best examples of the novella, The Death of Ivan Ilyich tells the story of a high-court judge in 19th-century Russia and his sufferings and death from a terminal illness. Ivan Ilyich (Ilyich is a patronymic, his surname is Golovin) is a highly regarded official of the Court of Justice, described by Tolstoy as, "neither as cold and formal as his elder brother nor as wild as the younger, but was a happy mean between them - an intelligent, polished, lively, and agreeable man." As the story progresses, he becomes more and more introspective and emotional as he ponders the reason for his agonizing illness and death.

©2020 Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing (P)2020 Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing

Narrator: Sharon Plummer
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
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The Death of Ivan Ilych

Summary

This short but powerful novel was acclaimed by Vladimir Nabokov and Mahatma Gandhi as the greatest in the whole of Russian literature. It is one of Tolstoy's most celebrated pieces of late fiction. At the center of the story is an examination of the nature of both life and death and how man can come to terms with death's inevitability. It was widely acclaimed when it was published in 1886 and remains a compelling narrative today. The Death of Ivan Illyich is a small book with singular depth of insight and is considered to be one of the great explorations of death and dying in all of Western literature. No author in so few words summons so many emotions.

©1886 Public Domain (P)1986 Jimcin Recordings

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The Death of Ivan Ilych

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The novella The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy was published in 1886 and is considered a masterpiece of his late-period fiction. It tells the story of a high-court judge in 19th-century Russia. He lives a simple, carefree life with his family until he is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Confined to bed, he is disgusted that his family avoids the subject of his death by pretending that he is only sick and not dying. He finds comfort only in Gerasim, the peasant boy who does not fear death. In his final days, Ivan distinguishes the artificial life - like his own - from the authentic life lived by Gerasim. Right at the end, he sees a bright light, fear leaves him, and he departs with a feeling of compassion for his family.

Public Domain (P)2020 Woodkeep Audio

Narrator: Kevin Gilhooley
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
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The Cossacks

Summary

Tolstoy's first novel and acknowledged as one of his best. The Cossacks is based on Tolstoy's own forays into the Caucasus, abandoning his aristocrat life of gambling and carousing in Moscow and volunteering to be attached to the regular army. Leo Tolstoy's firsthand insight to the magnificent landscape and the colorful Cossack way of life is lushly descriptive, in a text translated from his manuscript by close friends. Olenin is an aimless young nobleman who is disenchanted with city life. Taking a post as a Cadet in the army, he finds himself assigned to the remote Cossack outpost in the Caucasus. It is here, among the Tatars, the Chechens, and the Old Believers, that he will fall in love with a beautiful Cossack girl. The only problem is that she is promised to a Cossack warrior. In the setting of what is present-day Kazakhstan, Tolstoy examines two psychological problems. The first is the dilemma of a young man who desires both fulfilling love and a place as a respected member of society. The other is the difficulty of a primitive society to accept domination by a higher culture that has no understanding of the traditions it asks its colonists to cast aside. Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) was born in 1828 about two hundred miles from Moscow. His mother died when he was two, his father when he was nine. His parents were of noble birth, and Tolstoy remained acutely aware of his aristocratic roots, even when he later embraced doctrines of equality and the brotherhood of man. After serving in the army in the Caucasus and Crimea, where he wrote his first stories, he traveled and studied educational theories. In 1862 he married Sophia Behrs and for the next fifteen years lived a tranquil, productive life, finishing War and Peace in 1869 and Anna Karenina in 1877. In 1879 he underwent a spiritual crisis. Tolstoy then sought to propagate his beliefs on faith, morality, and nonviolence, writing mostly parables, tracts, and morality plays. He died of pneumonia in 1910 at the age of eighty-two.

Public Domain (P)2005 Alcazar AudioWorks

Narrator: David Thorn
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
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The Cossacks

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Dissolute, disenchanted Dmitri Olénin decides to join the army as a cadet and is despatched to the Caucasus. There, he is transformed by seeing how the indigenous people live in harmony with nature, how their lives have more meaning than those of the superficial social elite in Moscow, and he finds a new sense of self and purpose. But nothing is ever quite that simple.Love and loyalty are tested to the very limits in this semi-autobiographical novella, which is one of Tolstoy’s best-loved works.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

Public Domain (P)2010 Naxos Audiobooks

Narrator: Jonathan Oliver
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
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The Candle

Summary

Count Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828 - 1910), was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. Tolstoy’s short story The Candle is about peasants who want to kill their superintendent because he insists they plough a field on Easter Monday. One peasant makes the best of the situation by placing a candle on his plough while he sings hymns. A pacifist peasant manages to stop the murder, and the cruel superintendent repents and visits the village to reconcile with the people. However, he dies after falling off his horse. The theme examines the biblical concept of turning the other cheek, and trusting God to sort out injustice, or taking things into one’s own hands.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: John Eliot
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 26 mins
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La Muerte de Ivan Ilich

Summary

Iván Ilich es un funcionario de la administración zarista cuya principal aspiración, como la de sus colegas, es escalar peldaños en su carrera para mantener su bienestar y así seguir formando parte del mundo burgués en el que ha vivido siempre. Casado por conveniencia, al poco tiempo descubre el hastío que le produce la familia y centra su vida en el trabajo. Una monótona existencia que cambia repentinamente con la llegada de un importante personaje a su vida... Publicada en 1886, La muerte de Iván Ilich es una de las obras maestras del escritor ruso Lev Tolstói. Aclamada por Vladimir Nabokov y por Mahatma Gandhi como la mejor de toda la literatura rusa, es una de sus últimas novelas, fruto de la crisis que el autor vivió al cumplir los 50 años y que superaría con un radical cambio espiritual. Esta novela, ilustrada por Agustín Comotto y con una nueva y excelente traducción de Víctor Gallego, formula preguntas fundamentales que se han hecho todos los seres humanos a lo largo de la Historia. "La muerte de Iván Ilich es la obra más artística, la más perfecta y la más refinada de Tolstói" Vladimir Nabokov

©2019 Leo Tolstoy (P)2019 Pegasus Classics

Narrator: Carlos Ramos
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
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Hadji Murad [Russian Edition]

Summary

This short novel, published after Tolstoy's death, is the last novel the great author wrote. It tells the true story of Hadji Murad (or Hadji Murat, alternatively), an Avar who commanded the peoples of Dagestan and Chechnya in their resistance against assimilation into the Russian empire. Tolstoy had first heard of Murad during his travels, and the author became inspired by Murad's refusal to give in to the demands of a corrupt world. Hadji Murad shares many of the same themes found in War and Peace. Those enchanted by Tolstoy's work may find yet another treasure in this lesser-known historical novel. Please note: This audiobook is in Russian.

Public Domain (P)2013 New Internet Technologies

Narrator: Oleg Fedorov
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
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Confession (Russian Edition)

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©2019 IDDK (P)2019 IDDK

Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
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Boyhood [Russian Edition]

Summary

Boyhood is the second book in the Childhood, Boyhood, Youth trilogy. Childhood was the first published novel by Leo Tolstoy, released in November 1852. It was the first in a series of three novels and was followed by Boyhood and Youth. Published when Tolstoy was just 23 years old, the book was an immediate success, earning notice from other Russian novelists including Ivan Turgenev, who heralded the young Tolstoy as a major up-and-coming figure in Russian literature. Well-worth hearing if you are interested in 19th-century literature. Please note: This audiobook is in Russian.

©2013 New Internet Technologies (P)2013 New Internet Technologies

Narrator: Oleg Fedorov
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
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Anna Karenina (Spanish edition)

Summary

Ana Karénina, novela del escritor ruso León Tolstói publicada en 1877. La novela es considerada una las oras maestras del Realismo. El personaje de Ana Karénina esta inspirado de Aleksandr Pushkin. Muchos críticos calificaron la obra como un "romance de alta sociedad", Fiódor Dostoyevski declaró que era una "obra de arte". Vladímir Nabókov secundó esta opinión, admirando sobre todo la "magia del estilo de Tolstói" y la figura del tren, que se introduce ya en los primeros capítulos (los niños jugando con un tren de juguete), desarrollada en capítulos siguientes (la pesadilla de Anna) hasta llegar al majestuoso final. Parte 1 comienza en la pista 01, Parte 2 comienza en la pista 35, Parte 3 comienza en la pista 70, Parte 4 comienza en la pista 102, Parte 5 comienza en la pista 125, Parte 6 comienza en la pista 158, Parte 7 comienza en la pista 190, Parte 8 comienza en la pista 221.

©2019 Leo Tolstoy (P)2019 Pegasus Classics

Narrator: Fernando López
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 31 hrs and 52 mins
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Anna Karenina

Summary

Anna Karenina has been described as the perfect Russian novel. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Anna Karenina is defenseless against the power of her passions once they are unleashed by the adoration of Count Vronsky. Having defied the rules of 19th century Russian society, Anna is forced to pay a heavy price. Human nature, with all its failings, is the fabric of which this great and passionate work is composed. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

Public Domain (P)1996 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

Narrator: Laura Paton
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
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Anna Karenina

Summary

Anna Karenina is one of the most loved and memorable heroines of literature. Her overwhelming charm dominates a novel of unparalleled richness and density. Tolstoy considered this book to be his first real attempt at a novel form, and it addresses the very nature of society at all levels - of destiny, death, human relationships and the irreconcilable contradictions of existence. It ends tragically, and there is much that evokes despair, yet set beside this is an abounding joy in life's many ephemeral pleasures, and a profusion of comic relief.

©2011 Talking Classics (P)2011 De Agostini UK 2010

Narrator: Diana Quick
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
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Ana Karenina [Anna Karenina]

Summary

Una de las mas impresionantes caracteristicas de la obra de Tolstoy es su capacidad para hacer un profundo estudio psicologico de sus personajes. En Ana Karenina, que con Guerra y paz conforma el duo de monumentos que el gran escritor ruso lego a la literatura universal, Tolstoy no usa el horizonte epico sino situaciones domesticas para crear una novela que es casi un poema. La lucha de la protagonista contra un matrimonio sin amor, lleva a instantes de autentica tragedia, en que se destaca el valor humano por el que tanto abogo Tolstoy. Dostoyevsky la considero como una obra de arte perfecta y es un honor poder presentar este clasico inolvidable y lleno de accion dentro de esta serie. Ana is a good, moral woman, but she simply cannot resist, is not strong enough to resist, this tragic dangerous romantic temptation of the persistent Count. But even though the premise is a very familiar one that had already been done by many authors time and time again, Tolstoy's talent covers it with a depth and freshness that makes this one of the most powerful novels of the 19th century.

©2002 Disonex S.A. (P)2002 Disonex S.A.

Narrator: Laura Garcia
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
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A Confession

Summary

"A Confession" is an 1880 autobiographical essay on the subject of despair, philosophy, and religion by the great Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy. In it, he describes his search for answers to questions on the meaning of life. Tolstoy discusses his various attempts to find answers in science, philosophy, Eastern wisdom, and the opinions of his fellow novelists. He also contemplates suicide. Recognizing the deep religious convictions of ordinary people as a source of answers, he challenges the authenticity of organized religion. Tolstoy concluded that the meaning of life is to be found in the fact that God has a purpose for us and that the meaning of this life is that it is a preparation for the next life.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Johann Zeiger
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
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10-Minute Short Stories

Summary

A selection of stories to entertain for when you have a spare 10 minutes, including "After the Race", by James Joyce; "Three Questions", by Leo Tolstoy; "The Child's Story", by Charles Dickens; and "A Transgression", by Anton Chekhov, read by Sir Michael Redgrave.

Public Domain (P)2014 Saland Publishing

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