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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.

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Wow

The overall experience was more valuable than I expected, I highly recommend this to everyone!

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In the end all that matters is truth.

We all struggle with our humanity and our morality, Leo Tolstoy is no exception to the laws of nature and of God.

But to write about your deepest longings and experiences when you are "at the top of your game" takes much courage.

Tolstoy knew that his "Confession" would be published and like a more contemporary writer Thomas Merton, Tolstoy gives us the gift of himself, his deepest secrets, his deepest regrets, his deepest truth. Like Merton, Tolstoy from the deepest part of himself, knows that he has to let his truth be revealed or he will be forever living in the deep abyss, the deep abyss of nothingness. To go through the stages of hell, purgatory and ultimately heaven, one has to progress lithely and pray for grace to get through. This is a difficult journey and should be taken slowly but with faith that in the end, love will prevail.

Towards the end of his "Confession" Tolstoy reveals to us a dream that gave him meaning and knowledge about the depths that he had experienced.

Tolstoy wrote his interpretation of the dream and all dreams become a collective dream, meaning that they are for everyone. In reading the dream and putting yourself into the dream like it is your own dream, you can see that it is a journey, a journey that will go on eternally. There are no stops just crossroads.

More than 100 years later, Tolstoy "Confession" is looked upon as being very significant for those of us who are serious in finding our own truth

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Misses the mark

I listened patiently as the great author contemplated the meaning of life. Felt he was nearing the mark as he discovered the orthodoxy of peasants. But then he totally misses as he tries to intellectualize his faith. Bleh!!

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Very happy to have read it.

I really enjoyed the personal story of an academic and his struggle for meaning and the search for the divine. Excellent narration.

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Leo, an honest and intellectual powerhouse

amazing, listened to this while playing this game called loop, and the background music and Leo Tolstoys thoughts. Simon vans performs the writing incredibly

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This is a work of art!

Clearly, the book is a masterpiece.
I am so impressed with Simon Vance's performance. He must put a lot of time into practicing and recording the narration.
Well done!

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Thoughtful exposition of faith

Easy to read (listen to) as Tolstoy is such a clear writer. He explains how he came to his Christian faith only after examining the depths of despair where suicide is the only rational option.
Lots to ponder here. I'll probably read it again someone as it is fairly short. I've always admired his pacifist credo and political attitudes. Now I understand better his religious beliefs. A great man.
The narrator is terrific. He keeps your attention.

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Causes reflection and desire to feel truth

Excellent written testimony. Great consideration of science and secular perception as well as the the origin of truth and intelligence.

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Beautifully written and narrated.

My first Tolstoy book and it was worth it. Wonderfully narrated and performed. Not for the shallow hearts but for those that run deep.

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An exceptional work with infinite possibilities

For those facing depression, for those with questions why should I continue, what's it all for... Tolstoy faces his dark existence in an apocalyptic Russia and finds a reason for living. A must read for those going through bleak times, for those who no longer have a rug under them to be pulled out from beneath them.

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