Kissing Tolstoy

Dear Professor, Volume 1
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (368 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Now a USA Today best-seller.

What do you do when you discover your super-hot blind date from months ago is now your super-hot Russian lit professor? You overthink everything and pray for a swift end to your misery, of course! 

Kissing Tolstoy is the first audiobook in the Dear Professor series, and it can be listened to as a stand-alone. A shorter version of this story was entitled "Nobody Looks Good in Leather Pants" and was available via Penny Reid's newsletter for free over the course of 2017.

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In love with Tolstoy


I love Penny Reid. All the books I’ve read of hers, have been awesome. Kissing Tolstoy is no different, although maybe better. The story is so compelling and funny and smart. Anna is a riot, so smart and sarcastic. I love her. Luca is a little tortured, like a character in a russian novel. It’s a slow burn romance, so satisfying And funny. It’s hilarious, actually. So incredibly well written. So intelligent and addictive. The narration is awesome, Fiona Fisher did an amazing job. I could listen to her forever. And Steven Dexter is so intense and seductive. It is an incredible audiobook. I see myself listening to this story many, many times. I truly loved it. I would give it 6 stars, because 5 are not enough. It’s a masterpiece.

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Great story but terrible narration

I love Penny Reid and her intelligent fun storytelling. The narrators of this story a monotone and uninspired.

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No, Springfield, Transylvania!

Penny Reid is an autobuy for me, and I’ve never been disappointed. This is yet another home run, and I’m wishing Anna was my girlfriend, except that she dwarfs my intellect, and, although I’m pretty well-read, it’s in different genres than hers, obviously (this is a romance, after all). I don’t know where Penny finds these awesome narrators. Fiona Fischer did a fantastic job expressing Anna’s quirky personality. I loved it. I don’t normally award 5 stars, but I can’t seem to stop giving them to Penny Reid.

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Loved it!

I couldn’t have picked two better narrators. They both made this story come alive. They were a perfect fit! This is one of my favorite Penny Reid books. I’ve loved it since I read part 1 in her news letter. I just wish the book was longer and had more Luca point if views.

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Love Penny, Dislike the Narrators

I love Pennys work and this one was very enjoyable. Its not a Winston book but it was fun! Maybe read this one instead of listen. Maybe Joy Nash should just read all of Pennys books. I enjoy her male and female voices. These two, not so much. Especially Stephen doing a female voice. It sounded drag and distracted from the moment. Depending on the cost it might be better to buy this book instead of using a credit since is only a 5 hour read.

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Did not enjoy

I had a hard time staying interested. The main character Anna is supposed to be 21 but her personality was more like 12. She irritated me and narrator's voice stayed the same whether she was having a conversation with someone or when you were hearing her thoughts. It was very confusing. Probably the worst narrators so far.

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Juvenile

DNF! I had a hard time believing this was a woman in college, she talked and acted like a middle school age person. Couldn’t stand her and saw no reason for a mature man to be interested in her. For goodness sake she apparently couldn’t get a word out coherently for the first 1/3 of the book. Gah!! Getting my money back.

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Beautiful Romantic Story

This is the 3rd book by Penny Reid and I've LOVED all three! The characters are intelligent and Anna is especially insightful. My only complaint is that it's a short read ending somewhat abruptly.

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Russian Romance

I had to clean today so it was time for an audible read which is not something I do often. I'm a fan of rom-com stories by Penny Reid. This is an earlier novel for her and yet she is witty, funny, and sweet about a Russian literature professor and his college student. The road to love is rocky but these two bond over Tolstoy and touches. It was cute and as a bonus I got all my laundry put away. A win-win. @reidromance #kissingtolstoy #pennyreid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Discount Fifty Shades

This entire book is literally an abbreviated plot of the first Fifty Shades of Grey book, with more literature and less handcuffs. Apparently that's not plagiarism? I finished the book only to compare how many plot points were copied from story to story and I was absolutely shocked that this was allowed to be published. Please, if you want some entertainment, make a timeline for the events of Fifty Shades of Grey and then a timeline for the events of this book. They're identical. The characters are identical. The romance theme (minus kinky sex) is identical.

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Awful book from a great author

I love Penny Reid. I hate this book. From what I’ve gathered, it was written as a serial and released gradually over time in the author’s newsletter for free, then put together as a book with proceeds going to charity for a time, then I can only imagine they thought they may as well put it out there as a general release as they might as well get more money from it. Rubbish! You can tell it was free. All the positive reviews on Audible are doing the author a complete disservice because her other work is consistently 4 or 5 stars for me, and are so much better than this.

Penny Reid is a talented author with great characters in nearly all her other stories, but this book is underdeveloped, full of holes, with tonnes of talking about what the characters feel but completely and utterly failing to make you, the reader, feel it too. That together with the try-hard way that the book tried to tell the reader how incredibly clever the characters are, that they’re special and the relationship is like a literary classic love story (it’s really not), and how it referred to loads of research the author had evidently done into Russian literature at the cost of the actual plot made it a completely unsatisfying read. Poetic declarations do not make a convincing relationship. The book was also far too short to really explore anything.

Ohhhhh Penny. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m returning this and asking for my credit back. I’m looking forward to your next release though (..so long as it’s a normal book and not a serial release)