The Death of Ivan Ilyich

  • by Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Leo Tolstoy is quite simply one of the greatest writers to ever set pen to paper. Immortalized by such epic novels as War and Peace and Anna Karenina, Tolstoy's genius was also readily apparent in his short fiction. The Death of Ivan Ilych, first published in 1886, follows the career of the unremarkable title character, who does not question his desire to live an "easy, agreeable, gay and always decorous" life, until he is lying on his death bed.Translation © 2003 by Ann Pasternak Slater.


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Great Listening Experience!

Would you listen to The Death of Ivan Ilyich again? Why?

I've already listened to it twice. Of course, the book itself is wonderful, but Mr Guidall's narration is truly a performance. He handles the difficult Russian names with grace (and perfect pronunciation) and does a tremendous job of giving each character a distinct, recognizable voice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ivan himself -- such an interesting study of the end of a life.

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- Stephanie

Some Things are Better on the Page

The problem and the reason for one star is not with the book nor with the excellent reading. I just did not find this book fulfilling in the audio edition. I have tried to figure out why and have concluded that some literature is best left on the page (for me at least). I enjoy the classics and enjoy seeing the prose - I suppose. I may try an audio version of Swann's Way to test this theory, but it was written for the page and I enjoy it in that form. I do willingly listen to the New and Old Testaments without the same effect.

Anyone interested in Tolstoy, do not be discouraged from listening to this classic or another. The audio vertsion was just not suited to my frame of mind I suppose.
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- Roy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-22-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books