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Editorial Reviews

For anyone who's read the work of Leo Tolstoy, it's no wonder his influence is still felt so strongly today, even over 100 years past his death. For those who've abstained from the Russian master for fear of his lengthy novels, the story "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" provides listeners with a much easier, but just as poignant, entryway into his work. With an astute performance, veteran narrator, Walter Zimmerman gives the tragic story of the peasant Pakhom, who's desires outmatch his common sense, a new energy. How Much Land Does a Man Need? is another important listen from one of history's greatest novelists and moralists.

Publisher's Summary

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

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Thought provoking

This is a wonderful story. One of those that makes you stop and think about what is really important in life.

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Great story but...

Wonderful story...very profound and very well read. However I have to question the suggested age range. I would think this would be more a middle school to adult story. I just don't think really young kids would get it.

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I really liked this tale.

This is a simple tale, much like other classic literature, that explains how greed corrupts the enjoyment of all things. Worthwhile listening for everyone, and certainly a topic that isn't approached with children often enough.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Eloquent parable about greed

This is more of a parable than a short story. It is concise and to the point and very easy to reproduce orally. For example, after hearing this story just once, I know that I could repeat it easily and quickly to another person in order to illustrate a salient point about the human weakness for greed. Tolstoy does it beautifully all the way to the last line, which is perfectly ironic.

Walter Zimmerman's halting, dispassionate, and monotone narration is all the more ironic for the story's exceptional oral qualities.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 11-30-16

Excellent 30 minute story about greed

Russian author Leo Tolstoy is best known for his long novels. This is not War and Peace; it is a thought provoking very short story about greed within family relationships. The twist at the end is as unexpected as it is tragic. It was written well over a century ago, but the story is as relevant today as ever. Audible classifies it for teens, but it is also good listening for adults. Everyone over the age of 12 should read or listen to this classic story.

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very good moral story about greed!

very good story with an incredible good moral and well written.. the quality of the recording definitely needs help though

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SO MUCH FOR GREED! TREMENDOUS STORY & NARRATION!

What did you love best about How Much Land Does a Man Need??

THE OBVIOUS MORAL OF THE STORY! A GREAT REMINDER OF THE DANGER OF WORLDLINESS AND ALSO OF OUR MORTALITY!

What did you like best about this story?

ENGAGING, EVEN SUSPENSEFUL! AMONG OTHER SPIRITUAL GEMS OF WISDOM, I WAS REMINDED OF OUR LORD BEING TEMPTED BY THE DEVIL.

What about Walter Zimmerman’s performance did you like?

PERFECT!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

'SO MUCH FOR GREED' OR PERHAPS, 'YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU'.

Any additional comments?

A FAST BUT SATISFYING READ! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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  • John
  • 05-01-10

A Good Short Tale

This is a well-narrated short story about the perils of discontentment and greed. An ironic and thought-provoking tale with a tragic final twist.

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  • nick moody
  • 05-10-18

great parable, excellent English narrator

a cool story set in the Russian steppe but still relevant today it is indeed