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.
Choose this narration.
Print out a character map. (google)
This is another classic that needed an editor.
I chose this version of Anna Karenina for one reason- It was read by Davina Porter. Her fantastic readings of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series convinced me that her version of Anna Karenina would be the one for me. Davina Porter narrates flawlessly without distracting one from the story- Male or female, French, British or Russian, child or adult... ect.
I gave the story a three because I am glad that I "read" it but the book is just okay. Even with irritating characters , the boring meandering topics and the confusing names, I was intrigued enough to get through the book and be interested enough to find out what happened. I cannot say that about every book.
I wanted to slap all of these whiny, pompous characters. I guess the privileged in any time do act like stupid teenagers that never grow up. So... maybe their actions were reflective of real life people. I had a hard time relating to them many times. I don't believe murder or suicide is the answer in real life but many times, while reading this book, I found my self wishing for either for the characters.
Tolstoy gave the characters first names, last names, middle names and nick names for just about every character. He would refer to a character and I had to figure out who it was by circumstance. I suggest printing out a character map before listening to this book (Google).
I continue reading these old classics and am continually disappointed. Jane Austen is the only exception so far. Writers like Tolstoy and Hugo should have taken a few pointers on story telling and editing from Austen. In my humble opinion, Tolstoy and Hugo could have used editors with a large red pens. As with Les Miserables, this book goes off on tangents that don't have much to do with the story at all like Russian agrarian policy, obscure 19th century philosophers, ruling class ennui and class struggles. However, Anna Karenina's tangents are just little run on sentences when compared with Les Mis's gratuitous chapters and chapters and more chapters on 19th century French politics and sewer system. However, Les Mis's core story is much better than Anna's. I think that these books are wonderful for providing a blurry snapshot of life back then but not all that great reading when compared to so many great books written before and since then.
I never had to read this book in college but had a friend who loved it. Now I know why. I would have been too intimidated by the length of the actual paper book but loved listening to it and "couldn't put it down" so to speak. I found myself wondering about the various characters as I went to sleep at night and thinking about the meaning of true love, marriage, relationships and divorce. I'm eager to use this for a book club meeting b/c the discussion questions are endless.
No, because it's part of history. Even though I found it "meh", it's like seeing a city you don't care if you need see again. It's still nice to have experienced it and make up your own mind.
I would recommend this book only because it's a classic. It's one of those books I didn't remember reading in school. Now I know why. It's always good to read books and see movies that are part of our literary culture but Anna Karenina is one big soap opera. Leo Tolstoy is a force, no doubt about it but in my humble opinion, had this been written today it wouldn't make the best seller list.
She definitely made Anna Karenina easier to get through. Her narration was the best thing about it.
Please no. Tolstoy's dreary in general but this was dreary with no emotional connection.
I'm aware some may want to tar and feather me for saying anything negative about such an esteemed piece of work but if we're not honest with our reviews, what's the point? It's just one person's opinion. I guess "Charles Dickens" is more my speed.
Perfect story telling investigates the depth of personality in the characters. It is easy to get involved in a beautiful story with main characters who are beautiful but human and flawed like everyone else. One of my favourite books of all time.