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    • War and Peace, Volume 1

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 612
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    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An epic reading

    • By Francis on 01-05-07

    Regular price: £32.89

    • Anna Karenina

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: David Horovitch
    • Length: 38 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 652
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 471
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 471

    Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A gem

    • By Deborah on 12-06-09

    Regular price: £21.99

    • War and Peace

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 61 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 198
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      4 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 126

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I knew I'd never read it

    • By Judith on 09-08-08

    Regular price: £39.39

    • War and Peace, Volume 2

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 31 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 477
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      5 out of 5 stars 366
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 368

    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Better than I remembered

    • By Philip on 22-04-13

    Regular price: £32.89

    • Anna Karenina

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
    • Length: 35 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 275
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 253
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      4 out of 5 stars 251

    Leo Tolstoy's classic story of doomed love is one of the most admired novels in world literature. Generations of readers have been enthralled by his magnificent heroine, the unhappily married Anna Karenina, and her tragic affair with dashing Count Vronsky.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A book for reading

    • By S. Perry on 22-04-17

    Regular price: £37.49

    • War and Peace

    • BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Paterson Joseph, John Hurt, Simon Russell Beale, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
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      5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    Paterson Joseph, John Hurt, Lesley Manville and Harriet Walter are among the cast of BBC Radio 4's epic full-cast dramatisation. Adapted for radio by Timberlake Wertenbaker, Leo Tolstoy's epic story follows the fortunes of three Russian aristocratic families during the Napoleonic War. First broadcast on New Year's Day 2015, the drama also features Alun Armstrong, Natasha Little, David Calder, Phoebe Fox, Sam Reid and Joanna David. Duration: 10 hours approx.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Par Excellent Production of War & Peace

    • By Highlight on 01-11-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • War and Peace

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Alan Munro
    • Length: 66 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
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      2.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy's finest achievment, chronicles the history of the French invasion of Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society through the stories of five Russian aristocratic families. 

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Worst delivery of an epic story EVER

    • By Mrs Victoria Rose on 10-02-19

    Regular price: £11.59

    • The Death of Ivan Ilyich

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Oliver Ford Davies
    • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    The subject of this well-known Tolstoy novella is a high court judge in St. Petersburg who lives a carefree life. One day, without warning, he is beset by pains and soon has to come to terms with the fact that he is going to die. The judge has to learn to face death without fear and yet feel compassion for the family he is leaving behind.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best 'Death'

    • By Francis on 16-02-10

    Regular price: £9.19

    • What I Believe

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Anthony Maher
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Originally published in 1885, "What I Believe" is part of series of books by novelist Leo Tolstoy that outline his personal interpretation of Christian theology. After a midlife crisis at age 50, he began to believe in the moral teachings of Christianity, while rejecting mysticism and organized religion. He believed that pacifism and poverty were the paths to enlightenment. His precepts of nonviolence even influenced Mohandas Gandhi. Students of religion, political science, and literature alike will gain new understanding from the ideas presented in this book.

    Regular price: £3.59

    • A Confession

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Sean Murphy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
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    'A Confession' is Tolstoy's chronicle of his journey to faith; his account of how he moved from despair to the possibility of living; from unhappy existence to 'the glow and strength of life'. It describes his spiritual and philosophical struggles up until he leaves the Orthodox Church, convinced that humans discover truth not by faith, but by reason. The story begins when at the age of 50, Tolstoy is in crisis. Having found no peace in art, science or philosophy, he is attacked by the black dog of despair, and considers suicide.

    Regular price: £0.89

    • Bethink Yourselves!

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Sean Murphy
    • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "However strange this may appear, the most effective and certain deliverance of men from all the calamities which they inflict upon themselves and from the most dreadful of all - war - is attainable, not by any external general measures, but merely by that simple appeal to the consciousness of each separate man which, nineteen hundred years ago, was proposed by Jesus - that every man bethink himself, and ask himself, who is he, why he lives, and what he should and should not do."

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    • The Death of Ivan Ilyitch

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Claire Walsh
    • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 3
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      2.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Hailed as one of the world's supreme masterpieces on the subject of death and dying, "The Death of Ivan Ilyich" is the story of a worldly careerist, a high court judge who has never given the inevitability of his dying so much as a passing thought. But one day, death announces itself to him, and to his shocked surprise, he is brought face to face with his own mortality.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointed

    • By Elena Baldi on 07-11-18

    Regular price: £0.89

    • The Sebastopol Sketches

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: David Moran
    • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the winter of 1854 Tolstoy, then an officer in the Russian army, arranged to be transferred to the besieged town of Sebastopol. Wishing to see at first hand the action of what would become known as the Crimean War, he was spurred on by a fierce patriotism, but also by an equally fierce desire to alert the authorities to appalling conditions in the army. The three "Sebastopol Sketches" - December', May' and August' - re-create what happened during different phases of the siege and its effect on the ordinary men around him.

    Regular price: £3.59

    • Resurrection

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 42
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    When Prince Dmitri Nekhludov is called for jury duty on a murder case, he little knows how the experience will change his life. Faced with the accused, a prostitute, he recognizes Katusha, the young girl he seduced and abandoned many years before, and realizes his responsibility for the life of degradation she has been forced to lead. His determination to make amends leads him into the darkest reaches of the Tsarist prison system, and to the beginning of his spiritual regeneration.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best books I have experienced.

    • By Dominique on 06-05-16

    Regular price: £37.29

    • The Death of Ivan Ilyich

    • A Leo Tolstoy Short Story
    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Bill DeWees
    • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      3 out of 5 stars 7
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    The brilliance of this story is in how a normal bureaucrat, a judge in this case, has a small accident that winds up gradually taking his life. As he deals with this incident, with hope at first and then despair, he comes to terms with his family, his life, and the mediocrities that we all suffer with, except for the exceptional few. This story rings a particularly poignant note for those in early middle age facing the next part of their lives. This story is considered Tolstoy's best.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Read with an American accent

    • By Silja on 22-03-14

    Regular price: £9.19

    • Anna Karenina [Russian Edition]

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Vyacheslav Gerasimov
    • Length: 41 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    A beautiful society wife from St. Petersburg, determined to live life on her own terms, sacrifices everything to follow her conviction that love is stronger than duty. A socially inept but warmhearted landowner pursues his own visions instead of conforming to conventional views. The adulteress and the philosopher head the vibrant cast of characters in Anna Karenina, Tolstoy's tumultuous tale of passion and self-discovery. Please note: This audiobook is in Russian.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very thoughtful piece of work

    • By Anastasija Sostaka on 10-08-15

    Regular price: £12.89

    • Great French and Russian Short Stories, Volume 2

    • By: Leo Tolstoy, Alexander Poushkin, Gustave Flaubert, and others
    • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    No one plumbs deeper depths of the psyche than French and Russian authors. This second wide-ranging collection of 19th-century literary masterworks, presented in their entirety, not only entertains, but provides insight into 19th-century mores and the mysteries of human nature.

    Regular price: £23.29

    • Family Happiness

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Kevin McCarthy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    After a brief romance, the 17 year old Marya falls in love with the much older Sergyei Mikhailitch, an old family friend, and the two are married. They share an initially blissful life but after moving to St. Petersburg, Marya becomes enchanted with society and a rift opens between the two.

    Regular price: £3.59

    • What I Believe

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Billy O'Donovan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Originally published in 1885, "What I Believe" is part of a series of books by novelist Leo Tolstoy that outline his personal interpretation of Christian theology. After a midlife crisis at age 50, he began to believe in the moral teachings of Christianity, while rejecting mysticism and organized religion. He believed that pacifism and poverty were the paths to enlightenment. His precepts of nonviolence even influenced Mohandas Gandhi. Students of religion, political science, and literature alike will gain new understanding from the ideas presented in this book.

    Regular price: £0.89

    • The Great Russian Short Story Collection

    • 25 Classic Tales by the Great Russian Authors
    • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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      2.5 out of 5 stars 5
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    The ultimate collection of great short stories by the best Russian classic authors. 1. "Her Lover" by Maxim Gorky 2. "The Empty Drum" by Count Leo Tolstoy 3. "The Hoop" by Fedor Sologub 4. "The District Doctor" by Ivan Turgenev 5. "The White Dog" by Fedor Sologub 6. "The Cloak" by Nikolai Gogol 7. "A Soothing Dream" by Fedor Sologub 8. "The Christmas Tree and the Wedding" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky 9. "A Work of Art" by Anton Chekhov 10. "Children Wiser Than Their Fathers" by Count Leo Tolstoy

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Dreadfully Artifical Reading

    • By ephgrave7 on 19-03-18

    Regular price: £19.99

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