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.
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.
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- Tanza Pugliese
Excellent and unlike others, I really enjoyed the narration. It's crisp and, in my mind, is characteristically appropriate.
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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.
- Elda Miranda
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.
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A mistaken choice
The narrator is truly awful. He reads in a dreary monotone. Completely spoiled this good book!
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