It was really tough to get through the book since the narrator butchered 90% of the names. Listening to the awful pronunciation was like listening to nails on a chalkboard. Poor Tolstoy would be turning in his grave listening to this rendition of his work.
Yes, but not for a long time.
I don't think that would be possible even if I wanted to.
This, like many Victorian novels, was written over a period of years, released as a magazine serial. It was meant, at least partially, to be read aloud, in the parlor of an evening. It WORKS.
I would suggest, though, that watching the movie first (the new Tom Stoppard-written release is fantastic) makes the book even more accessible, taking care of the notorious problem the book has of giving everybody, in Russian style, multiple names and nicknames.
Davina Porter is still one of the best readers out there, and she does a very good job of interpreting the characters. I listened to the whole thing in a couple of weeks, and I don't always make it through books 1/4 the length of this one.
The discussion of childbirth, nursing, and motherhood - more spot-on than most modern books.
I would because Ms Porter's performance was very good. It was easy to understand what was being said the majority of the time, and, when the most passionate segments of the novel were being read, she stepped up her skill to a greater level.
I enjoyed the character Levin the best, and how he dealt with his life's problems, whether it was due to finance or to love.
This is the first performance of Ms Porter's that I've listened to, and I'm sure I'll listen to more in the future.
My only extreme reaction to the book was a strict annoyance with the title character and her personality - selfish and rather childish, in my opinion.
Ms Porter's performance was most excellent. If there was one thing to be improved, I would have to say the differences between various voices during the characters' conversations. Because the text doesn't always give a quotation then let you know who's speaking - it simply continues to a response from another character - you don't always know for sure who's talking. Perhaps more unique voices for each character would make it easier to understand. Hands down, though, a fantastic performance from Ms Porter!
I tried to read this a few years ago and just couldn't make it, although I really wanted to, so this was a great way to get that check mark! Overall, I loved it and was thrilled to be able to multi-task my way through it. I did enjoy the story and stepping back in time.
The narration was average at best, I didn't care for her "male voice effect" - they came across much angrier than I imagined almost every time, but hey, she was reading and not me so I could live with it!
36 hours in one sitting? I don't think so....
I really like the audio version. I have not read the print version.
It is an epic romance, a timeless story. It was well-told and engrossing although lengthy.
I enjoyed all the characters and her entire performance. She did an excellent job!
Life, love and the winds of revolution in old Russia.
A timeless story; relates to all generations.
Thrilling, epic, loving
Oh wow, that is hard maybe great expectations, the sinking into the whole aspect of their lives is very enjoyable
Finding out she was expecting
The only reason I gave this 3 stars is because the reader was quite good. I have no idea why this book is a classic. The story just sort of peters out at the end, like Tolstoy got tired of writing and gave up. I'm so disappointed that I invested so much time in a story that I ended up not caring about in the least.
I've tried to read Anna Karenina multiple times, picking it up every 2-3 years, but I'd never made it past the first 2 chapters. When I saw this was narrated by Davina Porter I thought I would give it a try, as I've enjoyed her narration on other books.
Unfortunately, I just couldn't get through it. I made it about 3/4 of the way through before I finally gave up for good, because I just didn't care about any of the 50 million characters or Tolstoy's rambling side stories. It was like listening to a soap opera with the number of intertwined sub-plots, except I just didn't care about any of the characters so I didn't really care to keep listening to find out what happened.
If you have to read this book as a school assignment I would recommend this audiobook of just reading it. But if you have a choice in the matter, find something else to read.
As a side note - other reviews have compared this book to Victor Hugo and mentioned that they both need editors. I actually really like Victor Hugo's work, and find his characters and even side tangents interesting, but this book just doesn't compare, either character or side-story wise.
Absorbing, accessible, tragic.
This epic novel stands alone in its beauty and drama.
Her narration never detracted from the story; her presence was unobtrusive and she let the writing speak for itself.
At 36+ hours, this would be quite an achievement! Actually, no, simply because I liked to savour each chapter as it unfurled before discovering the next. There are many layers to this story and Tolstoy gives us much to think about.
Worth every minute invested in it.