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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leo Tolstoy Narrator: George Guidall, Kevin R. Free, T. Ryder Smith, Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2014 ISBN: 9781490618951
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This collection of eleven stories spans virtually the whole of Tolstoy’s creative life. While each is unique in form, as a group they are representative of his style, and touch on the central themes that surface in War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Stories as different as “The Snowstorm,” “Lucerne,” “The Diary of a Madman,” and “The Devil” are grounded in autobiographical experience. They deal with journeys of self-discovery and the moral and religious thought that characterizes Tolstoy’s works of criticism and philosophy. “Strider” and “Father Sergy,” as well as reflecting Tolstoy’s own experiences, also reveal profound psychological insights.

These stories range over much of the nineteenth-century Russian world, from the nobility to the peasantry, the military to the clergy, from merchants and cobblers to a horse and a tree. Together they present a fascinating picture of Tolstoy’s skill and artistry. 

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathi | 3/19/2016

    " These eleven wonderful short stories present a great overview of Leo Tolstoy and his genius. They encompass many of his ideals and philosophies as well as his thoughts on religion, morality and society. This is Russian literature at its best. Love Tolstoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathi | 3/19/2016

    " These eleven wonderful short stories present a great overview of Leo Tolstoy and his genius. They encompass many of his ideals and philosophies as well as his thoughts on religion, morality and society. This is Russian literature at its best. Love Tolstoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathi | 3/19/2016

    " These eleven stories provide a wonderful taste of Tolstoy, his philosophies and ideals as well as his thoughts on religion and politics. This is Russian literature at its best. I love Tolstoy and thoroughly enjoyed these short stories, especially, "The Devil". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathi | 3/19/2016

    " These eleven short stories encompass a good overview of Leo Tolstoy's ideals, morals, religious thoughts and philosophies. This is Russian literature at its best and some of Tolstoy's best writing. Highly Recommend "

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About the Author
Author Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) was born about two hundred miles from Moscow. His mother died when he was two, his father when he was nine. His parents were of noble birth, and Tolstoy remained acutely aware of his aristocratic roots, even when he later embraced doctrines of equality and the brotherhood of man. After serving in the army in the Caucasus and Crimea, where he wrote his first stories, he traveled and studied educational theories. In 1862 he married Sophia Behrs and for the next fifteen years lived a tranquil, productive life, finishing War and Peace in 1869 and Anna Karenina in 1877. In 1879 he underwent a spiritual crisis; he sought to propagate his beliefs on faith, morality, and nonviolence, writing mostly parables, tracts, and morality plays. Tolstoy died of pneumonia in 1910 at the age of eighty-two.

About the Narrators

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.

Kevin R. Free is a multiple Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. Known for his work with young adult novels, he has read titles by Rick Riordan, Walter Dean Myers, and Joe Haldeman. In 2011 he was named a Best Voice in Young Adult & Fantasy from AudioFile magazine for his narration of Myers’ The Cruisers: Checkmate.

T. Ryder Smith is an actor based in New York City. He has appeared on Broadway in Equus and in many off-Broadway shows including Passion Play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Lebensraum, for which he won a Drama Desk Award. Smith has also made numerous television appearances on series such as Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, and others.

Suzanne Toren has recorded over nine hundred audiobooks. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas. She was awarded the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress and has earned more than two dozen Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine.