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The Kreutzer Sonata and Family Happiness Audiobook

The Kreutzer Sonata and Family Happiness

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This collection of two of Leo Tolstoy's novellas are wildly different but equally compelling meditations on love and marriage. The Kreutzer Sonata concerns the passionate love and intense hatred and jealousy that leads Pozdnyshev to murder his wife, while Family Happiness takes a more sober, mature look at love through the marriage between Masha and her older husband, Sergey. Walter Zimmerman performs with an astounding elocution, but varies his style to fit the differing protagonists; for Pozdnyshev he is taut and harsh, while Masha is sweet and searching, showing that Zimmerman has a gift for bringing Tolstoy's characters to life.

Publisher's Summary

When Marshal of the Nobility Pozdnyshev suspects his wife of having an affair with her music partner, his jealousy consumes him and drives him to murder. Controversial upon publication in 1890, The Kreutzer Sonata illuminates Tolstoy's then-feverish Christian ideals, his conflicts with lust and the hypocrisies of nineteenth-century marriage, and his thinking on the role of art and music in society. The Kreutzer Sonata is a convincing artistic study of jealousy and ill tempered polemic against society's sexual education of young men and women.

Toltoy's short novel, Family Happiness was written in 1858, before Tolstoy was married, in the aftermath of his courtship of a young woman named Valeriya Arsenyova. In this story, Tolstoy describes what he believed would have happened had he and Valeriya married. As it turns out, it is a startling forecast of the early years of his marriage to Sofiya Behrs. This is the first of Tolstoy's in-depth portraits of marriage. The evolution of his views of marriage and what constitutes family happiness is a central theme of Tolstoy's life, both artistic and personal.

©1982 Jimcin Recordings

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  • Timothy
    Woodridge, IL, USA
    26/10/04
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    "The best stort stories of Leo Tolstoy >>>>"

    His best works if you want to read Leo Tolstoy..Wonderful

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Tanza Pugliese
    04/01/11
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    "narration"

    Excellent and unlike others, I really enjoyed the narration. It's crisp and, in my mind, is characteristically appropriate.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Miranda
    13/06/16
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    "Quality"

    I enjoyed the writing and it was read beautifully. I do wish the audio was better quality. It sounds fuzzy and is not recorded as well as other novels I have purchased.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elda Miranda
    09/09/05
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    "Excellent Work - Terrible Narration"

    In spite of the the worse narration I have ever heard, the story was was excellently written and so outstanding that it managed to turn the narrator's dull and monotonous interpretation to a delightful book.

    3 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    Seattle, WA USA
    18/04/08
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    "A mistaken choice"

    The narrator is truly awful. He reads in a dreary monotone. Completely spoiled this good book!

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful

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