Don't know how many times I have tried to read this but listening was a whole new thing. I liked it for the glimpse into Russian history and the caste system there.
This is brilliantly read. I frequently have trouble with the Russian names and the French vocab in print, but the reader is so good that it is all perfectly accessible, and joyful. In my opinion the greatest novel written, and to hear it read in this way is a constant joy. A must have for lovers of true classics
I listened to this audiobook because I had heard that some consider "Anna Karenina" to be the greatest novel ever written. It was beautifully narrated, very pleasant and engaging. Some parts were absolutely enthralling. Tolstoy has a genius for describing deep, inner human drives and motives. A couple of parts were tedious (perhaps inevitable in any work this length). On the whole, it was beautiful, and I enjoyed the unexpected ending of the whole story.
I read this book for the first time recently, having managed to avoid it earlier in life. Reading it as an adult gave each character a side to which I could relate and certainly each one displayed facets I have seen either in myself or in others. While earlier in life one was likely to have picked sides, now I felt like I understood each character for their own situation as brilliantly developed by Tolstoy. By the end of the book you feel that you have endured the ups and downs with the characters and in some ways, they are your familiar companions. It was certainly sad to end the book and lose such new friends.
The reading by Davina Porter was great and I have few complaints. Yes, the names can be a bit cumbersome but that is easily avoided by taking a few notes at the outset with a brief description of each character. In any case, Davina Porter does a good job of clear pronounciation as well as effecting distinctly the specific "voice" of the book characters.
A solid read of an unforgettable book. Highly recommended.
With perhaps the most famous first sentence in world literature we begin the other great novel written by Tolstoi. Very well narrated. For those having trouble with Russian names that, I'm afraid is your problem. Russians likely have trouble with American names. Easily one of the great classics of Russian literature, it also ranks as one of the greatest of "modern novels" of the 19th and 20th century. I read this several times years ago but was pleased to find such a well narrated audio book.
This book would most definitely be in my top ten. I know the lenth of it is intimidating to some but don't miss out.
I think it's a mixture between Tess of the D'Ubervilles and the Outlander series. Maybe I'm crazy for thinking that but it's much more exciting than Tess and gripping like Outlander. I couldn't stop listening. Tolstoy is such a beautiful writer, I found myself making notes the entire time. He educates his readers while telling a very interesting story.
I'm in love with Davina Porter's voice so it's fair to say I'm biased when it comes to her skills as a narrator. This book is so much more because of her.
I can't say without spoiling the read for you. However when you get to the part you will most certainly know.
I wish audiobooks had been so readily available while I was in highschool. A talented narrator can turn a drab book into something you can tear yourself away from.
I FINALLY finished listening to this book today, all 36 hours and 8 minutes of it, and I have to say it was worth it. This is a long, involved, 19th century novel by one of the greatest novelists in history. It took some work on my part to stick with it and understand it. I followed the story along on sparknotes, which made it much easier, because when I got lost in the detail, or didn't know or remember who a character was, I could consult this website and get those questions answered.
This book is a juxtaposition of two stories, the sad story of Anna Karenina, and the happy story of Konstantin Levin. The book has been analyzed to death over the last 200 years so it is futile to try to do that. I will just give my impressions. When I finished this book, I wanted to cry, not because I was sad, not because I had a feeling of losing something of value, or losing contact with good friends as I sometimes have at the end of a good book, but I think it was because I saw Levin come around to an understanding of who he was, and what his place was in the world. He realized the most valuable things to him were his wife and son. It was like the sun coming out. It made me happy after the tragic story of Anna and her messed up life. In any case, I loved the whole book. I knew it would be long and involved and contain a lot of detail that is not germane to the story. Do not read this book if you don't want to put up with that aspect of the novel. It is a rewarding story with much food for thought and lessons for life. Makes me happy I have made the good decisions I have made, and helps me understand the poor ones. BTW, Davina Porter is about the best narrator of all times. I could listen to her all day . . . and I DID for several days!
Anna Karenina is possibly the best book I have ever enjoyed. The reading of this book by Davina Porter was perfect, she has an amazing ability to do justice to male, female, old, and young characters. I walk every day and listen to books. This Tolstoy novel and the way it was presented by Porter made all my walks special. I will buy other books like Madame Bovary by Porter.
If you care at all about the pronunciation of Russian names, then this otherwise perfect English narrator will drive you absolutely NUTS, putting emphases on wrong syllables and otherwise murdering all names all the time.. In this book the names and patronymics are probably one tenth of the body of text, so it does matter! The "Shish-cher-batskis" - that's Kitty's family - are particularly problematic.