The Death of Ivan Ilyitch


Read by Laurie Anne Walden

(4.6 stars; 259 reviews)

The Death of Ivan Ilyitch is the story of a socially ambitious middle-aged judge who contracts an unexplained and untreatable illness. As Ivan Ilyitch is forced to face the death he fears, he asks himself whether the life he thought was so correct was, in fact, a moral life after all. Written after Tolstoy's religious conversion, the novella is widely considered to be one of his masterpieces. (Summary by Laurie Anne Walden)

(2 hr 32 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01 22:00 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
Chapter 02 19:54 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
Chapter 03 18:31 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
Chapter 04 18:05 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
Chapter 05 11:19 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
Chapter 06 7:51 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
Chapter 07 10:30 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
Chapter 08 17:05 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
Chapter 09 7:39 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
Chapter 10 5:49 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
Chapter 11 7:15 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
Chapter 12 6:16 Read by Laurie Anne Walden

Reviews

One of my favorites

(5 stars)

One can't go wrong with Ivan Ilyitch. I've read this books 5 times already, but to experience it as an audiobook is an entire different experience. It feels like we can share the catharsis with the reader, who does an excellent job, by the way, with her very sober delivery, nailing down every moment of intensity, reflection and despair in her recording. Her paused reading does wonders to the last chapters and you can almost hear the void in between her sentences: a perfect scenario for Ivan Ilyitch's final monologues.

A Classic!

(3 stars)

The Death of Ivan Ilyitch was an interesting perspective on the panic that comes with a terminal diagnosis. The way Ivan reacts towards the end of his life should make us pause to think how we may react if 0ut in a similar situation.

(5 stars)

I loved this reading. I found Ms. Walden's southern American accent to be pleasant and she reads at a nice pace.

Deeper than you think

(5 stars)

If you read/listen to more of Lev Tolstoy, especially his writings after his conversion,this is him writing about his own “death”...listen to My confession,this is very similar with the train of thought and the conclusions he comes to, written to show from a more open perspective what it was like for him to “die” and realize that the life he was living was not as it ought to be,and probably also an accurate depiction of what his family and the society he worked in reacted like when he began to die, the way that he probably tried to ignore “It” but “it” always showed up, “It” being the question of Life and Death...which if you listen to works such as My confession eventually led him to see that there was in fact a God and he had not been living as he should...those are my thoughts...I wonder why no one else seems to see it though...

Moribund

(5 stars)

This story reflects briefly on the obligations surrounding the dead that others may feel and extensively on the main character's slow, unabated death, as well as the agonizing acceptance of impending death for all persons involved. The reading is of reasonably good quality.

Very wel tead

(4 stars)

It is a beautiful story, It is nice to hear a smaller and contained story from Tolstoy (though I am more of a fan of his epics). It is a very nice listen enjoyed the readers voices very much.

TYANK YOU !

(5 stars)

I have read this Book when I was too young in an another langage. And know I am grasping it's meaning more accuratly I think. Thank you for this great Reading !

Good book

(4 stars)

This is certainly a deeply moving book and the reader makes the complex sentences very understandable. Her thick american accent and the butchering of french phrases are minor downsides.