I've read a lot of philosophy books. This book is refreshingly honest, disciplined, and heart-felt. Leo Tolstoy is extremely intelligent and rigorous in his thinking. However, he doesn't attempt to disconnect his musings from the human experience. He is forthright, detailed, and clear minded in his reflections on his own state of mind and how he comes to particular conclusions and particular times. The book is brief, insightful, profound, and easy to listen to (as philosophy books go). Just using a cost/benefit analysis, I would easily recommend it to any person. Looking for2 hours and 41 minutes of dipping into the inner-most journey of a rare genius? You've found it.