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The Kreutzer Sonata

Narrated by: Simon Prebble
Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
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One of the world’s greatest novelists, Leo Tolstoy was also the author of a number of superb short stories, one of his best known being “The Kreutzer Sonata.” This macabre story involves the murder of a wife by her husband. It is a penetrating study of jealousy as well as a piercing complaint about the way in which society educates men and women in matters of sex - a serious condemnation of the mores and attitudes of the wealthy, educated class.

Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) was born in Russia. His parents, who died when he was young, were of noble birth. He served in the army in the Caucasus and Crimea, where he wrote his first stories. He is especially known for his masterpieces, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877).

Public Domain (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • TiffanyD
  • 12-11-2018

Leo Tolstoy was kind of a monster

I understand he was a great writer, but in real life he was also kind of a terrible human being and this novella is the best example of that I've read so far.

The narrator is so anti-human sexuality and so ridiculously rationalizing of his own insane behavior that I almost want to believe that it's deliberate. That we have here an unreliable and unaware narrator like the guy from The Telltale Heart or John Fowles' The Collector. But having read Anna Karenina and knowing a little bit about Tolstoy's real-life marriage, I suspected that this might not be the case and a quick bit of internet reading confirms it. These are Tolstoy's actual views.

I wish I could say the views on marriage and women and sexuality were left in the age of the Tsars, but alas, a peek into the darker corners of Twitter will expose you to the same views, less artfully expressed. Contraception is bad because it degrades women! Uh-huh. Sure. It's totally not because it gives women freedom over their own bodies that makes some men uncomfortable.

The views ARE artfully expressed and the performance is quite good but I never want to return to this book or even see it in my audible library. I will be exchanging it posthaste, preferable for something written by a woman.

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  • Erin
  • 21-03-2018

Magnificent story and reading!

Worthwhile for any lover of great literature. Uniquely Russian, it is a woeful but powerful tale for all fascinated by the human condition.

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  • waelse1
  • 26-02-2016

Very good short story

Tale of a man's jealousy over his wife's affections for another man. Tremendous reading, enjoyed it.

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