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  • Resurrection

  • Written by: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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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.

Based on a true story, Tolstoy’s final novel is a deeply moving and compassionate tale of human frailty and reformation.

Public Domain (P)2012 Naxos AudioBooks

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  • Darwin8u
  • 01-11-15

Same Mood, The Same Power, Resurrected

“The whole trouble lies in that people think that there are conditions excluding the necessity of love in their intercourse with man, but such conditions do not exist. Things may be treated without love; one may chop wood, make bricks, forge iron without love, but one can no more deal with people without love than one can handle bees without care.”
- Tolstoy, Resurrection

While not as big or beautiful as Tolstoy's great, BIG novels (War and Peace, Anna Karenina), there is still something grand and beautiful about 'Resurrection'. The novel is basically a critique of both organized religion and the injustices of criminal law and justice. It tells the story of a noble (Nekhlyudov) who recognizes a woman (Maslova) he ruined in his youth while serving on a jury. Through careless mistakes, institutional inflexibility, and apathy, Maslova eventually is sentenced to live in Siberia.

The novel is the story of Nekhlyudov's journey of abandoning his old life (wealth, property, class) and following Maslova to Siberia. It is a story of Nekhlyudov's search for redemption from his past, his awaking to the reality of how the state and its bureaucracy crushes both the innocent and the poor, and a philosophical examination of how the fundamental's of Christianity are often overlooked by the State (and organized religion) when people lose sight of the very basic idea of loving other people.

While reading the novel I was constantly thinking of Ferguson. I was wondering how Tolstoy would approach the heavy incarceration rates of black Americans. It seems he would write a novel pretty close to the one he wrote in 1899. It is amazing to me how similar our times really are. Social injustice seems to always exist. That is why you can have Dickens, Tolstoy, Orwell, Sinclair, Baldwin, Steinbeck, etc., all writing about similar themes on different continents and in different eras and they all seem to capture the same mood with the same type of power.

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  • Catherine York
  • 31-12-16

Amazing wisdom and insight

This is the third Tolstoy novel I've listened to and am a dedicated fan. It is also my favorite thus far. His insight into the human condition as well as into questions of morality and spirituality are beyond compare with anything else I have ever read and I have been reading voracously since the age of 6.

Tolstoy's clear and simple way of expressing these insights are also like having a spiritual awakening yourself. It is no wonder he is considered a master and his work as classics. Like both "Anna Karenina" and "War and Peace" I will listen to this novel again as I get as much enjoyment and understanding the second time around with all the great Russian authors.

I also have to say that this narrator/performer is the best I've heard on Audible. I don't know what I did before Audible but with my busy life and the comute to work and getting some sort of workout in everyday, I would be deprived of amazing literature without It! This is definately a must listen.

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  • Pia Crosby
  • 23-07-15

One of Tolstoy's less known great novels

Tolstoy's last great novel. Transformation of a human person from a life of self-centeredness to authentic self-giving love.
My third time reading over a period of many years led me to the conclusion: even if Resurrection is not his greatest novel, it is my favorite and it is uniquely beautiful.

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  • Lauriesland
  • 15-02-14

Characters as the Author's Mouthpiece

As a book editor, I ask my clients not to use their characters to speak for them but to allow the characters to speak for themselves. I don't believe this is the case in Resurrection. Tolstoy wants to address the Russian "justice" and penal systems, and although he dramatizes the unfolding action, at its core, the dialogue and narrative are more obviously coming straight from the author than I prefer. The setup is interesting: a wealthy juror finds that the accused murderer is a young woman who lived in his aunts' house and whom he loved and betrayed many years before. Believing his betrayal resulted in her ruination and ultimately brought her to this sorry fate, he takes responsibility and follows her to Siberia, where she is imprisoned. This nobleman's thoughts and dialogue were, in my opinion, not distanced enough from what Tolstoy believed, and I was always aware of the author's presence. I think the author should be invisible to the readers rather than the characters' puppeteer.

I did, however, respect Tolstoy's stance and his taking on his huge and terrible issue that was so unfair and prevalent in his country.

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  • Sharey
  • 17-06-16

Morals versus Ethics

This is an excellent study is meant to purposely demonstrate Tolstoy's thesis that our moral compass must drive and challenge societal mores and accepted codes of ethics in order to fully realize the good that lies within us all. The story and narration are apt vehicles to this end.

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  • Karen L.
  • 02-03-16

A must-read with impeccable narration

First, a note about the Kindle edition for immersion--there is none that I could find, but I must admit that I checked only the cheaper ones. So, I chose the free green one and tried to follow along. (My miserable experience is described in my Kindle review.). Text is especially necessary for Russian novels with 4-word character names and words with 4 consecutive consonants. I take notes only of characters' names and relations to other characters the first time I encounter them. I need to see the print for this and must say that I couldn't follow many foreign novels without this practice. Surely a serious reading keeps track of the characters, so I hope we find more immersion editions, at least of Russian and French novels in future.

My experience with the lousy Kindle edition makes me wonder how much of any historic novel is authentic in this century's renditions of it, but I have no other reason to doubt this audio edition. I do wish narrators would include footnotes, though, and repeat French phrases in English as an aside. The characters here speak French often, entire paragraphs of it. I understand most of it, but not all unless I can see it in print. We can't even consult a French dictionary without the spelling. It's a difficult language for me to get by sound alone, even though I studied it for 3 years and can read it well. (Just imagine a non-English speaker hearing "ah dunno." What to look for in the dictionary?)

As always, Tolstoy's characters are complex, and I appreciate that they engage in philosophical debates and story-telling a little less than Dostoevsky's. However, denouement consists mostly of reading from the biblical Matthew and attempts to design from it laws we would not want to live by in this century--we'd have all criminals running free! (Was Tolstoy, like Shelley, the "ineffectual angle"?) A few chapters remind us of Tolstoy's actual experiments with peasant farming cooperatives, but these chapters are not very detailed.

I respect the author's unambiguous assertion that armed service + alcohol = crime. Likewise, his treatment of rape (isn't it?) without really mentioning it, and his always surprising responses of other females toward the victims. Think of what he would make of violence today when he would factor in heroin "among the peasantry," automatic weapons, and perversion of two of the world's most prominent religions. (I exempt Hinduism.) And, I turn to Updike for the update.

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  • Wendy Carrier Carmon
  • 06-06-16

I Love Tolstoy!

Love this Novel! Tolstoy remains the Master of the Novel. Neville Jason's Narrative is tremendous!

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  • KIB
  • 14-04-21

One of the most extraordinary books I’ve ever read

Resurrection is one of the most extraordinary books I’ve read. Tolstoy’s indictment of the justice system is so clear. His description of the vast inequities in society through the vehicle of the protagonist, who is experiencing an awakening through the book, and one that Tolstoy himself experienced, is stunning. The injustices he describes mirror those that also exist today. And as with all great Russian novelists, the plot and its characters do not fail to enthrall. The narration is beautiful. An unforgettable work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-02-21

There Are Far Better Tolstoy Choices

This novel turns preachy, ideological, and thin. Tolstoy’s literary skills are so fantastic - but not much evident here.

This is sad. Ideas come best out of the flow of the story. Plot and character must come first. They don’t here, particularly in the novel’s back half. It’s as if Tolstoy has ideas that, by damn, he’s going to pound over your head. And he does.

I regret spending the time on Resurrection. Go instead to War and Peace where Tolstoy keeps his doctrine and viewpoint under far better control. It’s one of the great novels of all time. This one is no better than fair.

The narrator is superb, however. Neville Jason never disappoints.

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  • Nathan
  • 21-03-19

Not the book it claims to be

Tolstoy's Resurrection is an amazing book that deserves perfect ratings. However, I gave it such a low rating because it claims to be the unabridged version translated by Louise Maude and it is not.

My wife and I like to read along to books together while listening to them so we got this version to match our book. We found very quickly, although there are many parts that read accurately, there are many parts worded different, paragraphs are shuffled, and whole sections are omitted.

Simply stated, great story but it is abridged.

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  • Dominique
  • 06-05-16

One of the best books I have experienced.

This is a long novel, well suited to an audio book. The narration was excellent, look forward to hearing it again in the future.



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  • Hilary Norton
  • 30-06-15

Brilliant

Excellent story by master story teller well narrated . A gripping tale of redemption. Makes you despair and rejoice about humanity,

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-01-19

A spiritual read.

I think this is Tolstoy best book. Even better than Anna Karenina and War and Peace. This book has given me a new way to look at live. I will go as far as to say it is one of the best book's I've ever read. Tolstoy comes near to perfection for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-10-16

Great. Unabridged - long!

I loved this and took my time to listen. Tolstoy has great descriptions - read without rushing. A pleasure.

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  • nev kidd
  • 03-08-19

True masterpiece, wonderfully read

It is said that the only criticism of Tolstoy, is that he didn't write enough books.
After reading this I fully agree with this sentiment.
This book is beautifully written, the characters are brought to life by Tolstoy's penmanship and this is complimented by the brilliant reading of Neville Jason

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  • Miss Anna A Pisarczyk
  • 23-08-22

Every one should read it.

Dumbstruck by the neutral observation of people’s minds by the master writer and genius writer Tolstoy. Amazing level of psychology of the society which applies even today. It should be a compulsory reading to all in schools.

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  • mr
  • 09-05-21

Droned on very repetitive

Never read Tolstoy before, what an idealist he was, (given the chance all men are good)
Tbh was like a party political broadcast on behalf of a liberal / Labour coalition government, with a bit of God thrown in for good measure.
Obviously pre the Russian revolution, I wonder what Tolstoy would make of today’s Russia and Russia post Russian Royalty. Hmmm, be careful what you wish for Tolstoy!

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  • Sean
  • 21-04-21

Very Apt for Eastertide

Full of pathos and humbling with inspiration and clever twists and turns along the journey.

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  • goranz7
  • 27-09-20

supreme story from a master teller

Beautifully story about the ideal attitude to life,
and vide spectrum of all sorts of human behaviours & relationships. It seems like that Leo has studied psychology, sociology and politics. Its shame that people like in the prince only exist is stories these days

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  • Alexis Paladin
  • 30-01-19

Turgid

read this because I loved war and peace and Anna Karenina. It can't hold a candle to those. a one dimensional religious diatribe. So disappointing

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  • Stacey
  • 10-11-18

Excellent book well read, but parts out of order!

This book was fantastic, and very well read. However, the parts were out of order for some reason, so that the middle is skipped and placed at the end!