What Men Live By – Leo Tolstoy – MP3 Audiobook


A magical story, beautifully told.

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A Heart-Opening Tale of Transformation

Narration & Music Score: Max Highstein
Playing Time: 1 Hour

One winter evening a shoemaker finds a mysterious stranger naked and freezing by a shrine in his small village. The shoemaker rescues the man, and takes him home. Though the stranger won’t say where he came from, Simon invites him to work beside him, and stay with his family. As the story unfolds, the stranger transforms, and ultimately reveals an astonishing and deeply moving secret.

Tolstoy’s gentle story, What Men Live By, is narrated by Max Highstein with sensitivity and warmth. Highstein’s original music score also graces the hour long program, artfully supporting Tolstoy’s brilliant storytelling. This is a special recording you’ll want to sit back and enjoy again and again, and share with your friends and family.

From The Narrator

Late in Tolstoy’s life, after he had written his great masterpieces War and Peace, and Anna Karenina, he underwent a spiritual transformation. Though perhaps the most famous figure in Russia at the time, he felt his life was devoid of real meaning, and looked toward religion. But finding a disconnect between the actions of the Church and the teachings of Jesus, he left religion behind, and began to forge a unique spiritual path all his own.

It was during that late period that he gave us a series of short stories, spiritual in nature, several of which are true gems. What Men Live By is perhaps the most shining example of these. I've cherished this story for many, many years, and it was a great honor to narrate and compose music for this program. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I have.

Max Highstein