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Kissing Tolstoy

Dear Professor, Volume 1
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
4 out of 5 stars (251 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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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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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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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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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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Fun Listen

I had previously read this title, but I enjoyed the narration very much. It's a fun story, richer if you have read some of the Russian literation, but not a must. Great characters and dialogue. I really like these narrators.

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Kind of cute, very light and fluffy

This was a relatively light listen. The performance was great and I enjoyed the dual narrators.
The story itself is a bit weak. It reminded me of something I would have loved in junior high school but I guess my tastes have changed. I liked the characters in general, but I found the whole thing a bit contrived and the instant fall-in-love nature of the romance was just too much. Also, having been in academia for years and known many academics, the behaviour of both the characters seems out of touch with what I would actually expect. Maybe I went to the wrong universities!
Overall, a light,fluffy listen for knitting time, and a few sexy scenes that I skipped because I prefer to use my imagination for that sort of thing. Not likely to listen to the next installment.
Laura Kinsale continues to hold top spot in my romance author list, and I thoroughly recommend her books for romance with a bit more depth and substance.

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Nice concept, poor execution

The whole thing seemed rushed and silly. Gave up on it with about an hour left. For me, not worth it. I enjoy light fluff but this was borderline painful. Characters needed more development also.

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Dual POV. Male POV the absolute Worst.

It feels as if this was written by more than one person. The dual points of view just totally ruin it because the female POV writing is brilliant. It's witty, she is an endearing, funny, very relatable character. The Male POV is like a wet blanket. He is boring as bat sh*t and there is nothing endearing or even interesting about his character. There is absolutely no chemistry between the two. The writing and even the relationship "chemistry" could have been slightly saved if it was all written in female POV, because he made me feel a lot less like I wanted to bang my head against a wall when he was described in her POV.. but unfortunately there is no saving it. It was terrible and such a shame because the gist of the plot was decent and had potential which just didn't deliver.

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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)