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  • Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy

    Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Maggie Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1119)
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    (1032)
    Story
    (1031)

    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.

    J. Stirling says: "Not to be rushed but to be savored"
  • War and Peace | Leo Tolstoy

    War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1937)
    Performance
    (1324)
    Story
    (1299)

    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.

    Plumeria says: "Glad I finally decided to read it"
  • War and Peace, Volume 1 | Leo Tolstoy

    War and Peace, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (1288)
    Performance
    (963)
    Story
    (960)

    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.

    A Midwesterner in Jersey says: "A Truly Great Book and a Truly Astounding Narrator"
  • War and Peace, Volume 2 | Leo Tolstoy

    War and Peace, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (756)
    Story
    (757)

    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.

    Tad Davis says: "A long book, but at least the chapters are short"
  • Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy

    Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
    Overall
    (1693)
    Performance
    (1380)
    Story
    (1375)

    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.

    Marcus Vorwaller says: "Beautiful story, amazing narration"
  • War and Peace: BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation | Leo Tolstoy

    War and Peace: BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Paterson Joseph, Stephen Campbell Moore, John Hurt, and others
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    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    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.

  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich | Leo Tolstoy

    The Death of Ivan Ilyich

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (807)
    Performance
    (743)
    Story
    (744)

    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?

    Alexandria says: "Elegant, simple, and true"
  • Resurrection | Leo Tolstoy

    Resurrection

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    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.

    Pia Crosby says: "One of Tolstoy's less known great novels"
  • The Death of Ivan Ilych | Leo Tolstoy

    The Death of Ivan Ilych

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Soren Filipski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    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.

    Niki says: "Great experience"
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich: A Leo Tolstoy Short Story | Leo Tolstoy

    The Death of Ivan Ilyich: A Leo Tolstoy Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Bill DeWees
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
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    (206)
    Story
    (202)

    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.

    Michael says: "Great Book, Great Price, Good Narration"
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich | Leo Tolstoy

    The Death of Ivan Ilyich

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Hailed as one of the world's supreme masterpieces on the subject of death and dying, 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?

  • Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy

    Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (82)

    Vladimir Nabokov called Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina "one of the greatest love stories in world literature." Set in imperial Russia, Anna Karenina is a rich and complex meditation on passionate love and disastrous infidelity. Married to a powerful government minister, Anna Karenina is a beautiful woman who falls deeply in love with a wealthy army officer, the elegant Count Vronsky.

    Bookoholics Anon says: "Not good dramatization but an ok reading"
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich | Leo Tolstoy

    The Death of Ivan Ilyich

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Oliver Ford Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    The subject of this well-known Tolstoy novella is a high court judge in St. Petersburg who lives a carefree life. One day, without warning, he is beset by pains and soon has to come to terms with the fact that he is going to die. The judge has to learn to face death without fear and yet feel compassion for the family he is leaving behind.

    Martz says: "Interesting and kept me curious"
  • Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy

    Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Judy Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
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    It tells of the love affair between Anna and Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Russia, faith is challenged, bonds are broken, love dies and is reborn.

    Kim says: "Strange recording"
  • Anna Karenina [Russian Edition] | Leo Tolstoy

    Anna Karenina [Russian Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Vyacheslav Gerasimov
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (35)

    A beautiful society wife from St. Petersburg, determined to live life on her own terms, sacrifices everything to follow her conviction that love is stronger than duty. A socially inept but warmhearted landowner pursues his own visions instead of conforming to conventional views. The adulteress and the philosopher head the vibrant cast of characters in Anna Karenina, Tolstoy's tumultuous tale of passion and self-discovery. Please note: This audiobook is in Russian.

    Blue Wolf says: "OMG"
  • Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy

    Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (776)
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    (408)
    Story
    (408)

    This is the story of the unhappy family of Anna Karenina. The novel contains much concerning Tolstoy's spiritual crisis and his search for the meaning of life. But it is also chiefly about marriage, and the growth and death of love.

    Eileen says: "wonderful translation & reader"
  • The Cossacks | Leo Tolstoy

    The Cossacks

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By David Thorn
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    The colorful Cossack way of life is made alive and real in this historical novel.

    Tolstoy's first novel and acknowledged as one of his best, it is based on his own forays into the Caucasus, abandoning his aristocrat life of gambling and carousing in Moscow and volunteering to be attached to the regular army.

    Darwin8u says: "Tolstoy masterpiece is wounded by terrible audio"
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Confession | Leo Tolstoy,Peter Carson (translator)

    The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Confession

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy, Peter Carson (translator)
    • Narrated By Ken Kliban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    A pairing of Tolstoy's most spiritual and existential works of fiction and nonfiction from the renowned translator of Turgenev and Chekhov. In the last two days of his own life, Peter Carson completed these new translations of The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Confession before he succumbed to cancer in January 2013. In Carson's shimmering prose, these two transcendent works are presented in their most faithful rendering in English.

    Rich says: "Great Tolstoy Intro; Ilyich Narration is Painful"
  • Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy

    Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Nikolay Trifilov
    Overall
    (5)
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    (5)
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    Znamenityj roman vvodit nas v bogatyj, raznoobraznyj, udivitel'no uyutnyj i privlekatel'nyj mir russkoj dvoryanskoj zhizni Moskvy i Peterburga. Tolstoj vystupaet zdes' pevcom povsednevnoj zhizni, kotoruyu on poehtiziruet i v kotoroj vidit filosofskuyu glubinu, primiryayushchuyu stol' razitel'nye protivopolozhnosti, kak tragicheskaya nezakonnaya svyaz' Anny Kareninoj s Vronskim i schastlivaya semejnaya zhizn' Kiti s Cherbackoj i Levina.

    Anastasia Cherednik says: "Fantastic narration!"
  • Anna Karenina (Dramatised) | Leo Tolstoy

    Anna Karenina (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Teresa Gallagher, Toby Stephens
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Anna Karenina enjoys a privileged and aristrocratic lifestyle as the wife of influential government official Alexy Karenin. Yet their ten-year marriage is devoid of tenderness, and when Anna falls in love with the handsome Count Vronsky they embark upon a deep and passionate affair. Reflecting the social conditions of the era in which it was written, Tolstoy's masterpiece sets a doomed love story against a harsh and unforgiving backdrop.

    Antonius says: "Excellent dramatization & production by BBC"
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