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Where Love Is, There God Is Also | [Leo Tolstoy]

Where Love Is, There God Is Also

Leo Tolstoy is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all novelists for such works as War and Peace and Anna Karenina. He also wrote a number of outstanding short stories. This is one of his best.
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Leo Tolstoy's short parable stands as a warmhearted treatise on faith's power to redeem the forsaken and ease one's pains. "Where Love is, there is God Also" follows a humble cobbler, Martin Avdeitch, who, having lost his entire family to poor health, decides to abandon his faith. Martin is visited by a missionary who convinces the cobbler to more closely study his Bible. Actor Walter Zimmerman, a veteran performer of Russian masterworks, is fluid and to-the-point, capturing the understated sorrow that belies the cobbler's quiet suffering. Tolstoy's story grapples with the age-old question of how a loving God can allow bad things to happen to good people.

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Leo Tolstoy is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all novelists for such works as War and Peace and Anna Karenina. He also wrote a number of outstanding short stories. This is one of his best.

© and (P)1986 Jimcin Recordings

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    James USA 06-08-08
    James USA 06-08-08
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    "Thought provoking"

    Excellent, thought provoking story. Very well read, too.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 04-18-12
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2011

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "An OK translation + an OK audiobook = MEH."

    The translation was OK. The audiobook was OK. Not my favorite Tolstoy piece. Completely forgetable all in all.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia United States 01-30-12
    Virginia United States 01-30-12
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    "Deep"

    Leo Tolstoy is a master ... this short story though extremely simple is extremely deep ... i would read anything for Tolstoy .. his short stories are always packed with treasures ...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 04-24-13
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Good but Predictable Tolstoy Short Story"

    This is a good story but is a bit predictable, simple, and preachy. The narration is solid and pleasant. This is far from a great short story, but is still worth the short time it takes and the one buck cost (don’t use a full credit).

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    Erez Israel 12-06-11
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    "Non-Religious Listeners, Beware"

    This story is an extremely simple Christian fable: a man who's had a hard life has fallen into depression. He starts to read the New Testament, becomes calm and content, and stops drinking. He then applies the teachings of the gospel and become blissful. That's basically it. Nothing wrong with it if you're religious, I suppose, but as literary fiction I found it, well, embarrassing. I kept waiting for some sort of plot development or non-trivial (to my taste, anyway) insight, but there was nothing. It's hard to believe that this is the same Tolstoy who wrote War and Peace or The Death of Ivan Ilyich. I personally have nothing against stories with a religious message in them -- I loved Ivan Ilyich, for example, or G.K. Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday -- but only if they have some literary quality as "compensation".

    As for the narrator: I thought he was perfectly fine. True, he has a noticeable Boston accent, but personally I don't mind it -- after all, Tolstoy wrote in Russian, and a British or "General American" accent would be just as foreign to the piece.

    The bottom line: Unless you're looking for an inspirational Christian fable, I wouldn't bother with this audiobook.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Seeley Tulsa, Oklahoma 10-01-13
    Richard Seeley Tulsa, Oklahoma 10-01-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Timeless Story of Generous Spirituality"

    This is the story of an aging cobbler bereft of his own family, who finds solace taking care of the poor and desperate people who pass by his little shop. It is a morality tale that applies to any time or place where me-first obsessions overrule the better angels of human nature. Advanced apologies if the story seems too religious for some secular readers. If Tolstoy was here, he would apologize too. Well, actually he wouldn't. He had the courage of his convictions.

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    Jeb CINCINNATI, OH, United States 03-19-12
    Jeb CINCINNATI, OH, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great short story"

    If you are looking for a compelling short story with a superb narrator - this is a good one.

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    Eva United States 02-14-12
    Eva United States 02-14-12
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    "I put this on to fall asleep; works every time!"
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    I honestly haven't finished this story EVER. I fell asleep the first time I tried to listen to it, and since then have only used it to help me fall asleep and boy does it work! Great sleep aid and far cheaper and healthier than Tylenol PM! The story may be fantastic, but I've never been engaged enough to listen! :/

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hardin Boston, MA, United States 12-28-10
    Hardin Boston, MA, United States 12-28-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Interesting"

    I had recently listened to Ghandi and Churchill and learned about Ghandi's respect for Tolstoy's ideas about society. This book was sweet but not a model for social change

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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