I'm a happy person who loves my husband, dogs, books, great food, playing soccer and running my own business - the order depends on the day.
Enjoyed it. It's a novel about life - surprisingly, not much has changed over the years. Interesting characters - indulgent, selfish, selfless. Overall, a very nice read.
I'm a bibliophile, obviously! My specific interests are historical fiction and sci-fi fantasy. I love to escape with a book!
I would recommend this book to my literary friends, it's fairly dark and wandering for the casual reader.
I would have worked to make it, somehow, less depressing.
He brings the depth of feeling, that I may not have attributed to the characters on my own.
Yes, I love long books.
I suppose this was a pretty good look at how selfish, and unaccountable people can be.
I've listened to a lot of books on audio and few narrators have brought the material to life like David Horovitch does in Anna Karenina, it was a joy to listen to. This is worth every credit or dollar if you are thinking of giving it a listen. David Horovitch does a nice job of changing his voice for different characters, in some instances the back and forth dialogue could be hard to follow without this. The audio production as a whole was done quite well. I've listened to other books where you can hear the narrator taking breaths, occasional skips in the tracks, excessive time breaks between book parts/chapters, books that sounded like they were digitized from earlier tape copies...but this book had none of that.
This is a long book, but don't be discouraged by the length, it goes quickly once you start listening.
Tolstoy's prose and incredible ability to understand human nature from a multitude of perspectives.
Levin's epiphany at the end that even though he and the world are imperfect, his realization of what is truly important is no less valid.
A very Russian feel and better ability to keep track of all of the characters with multi-part Russian names.
Levin's realization that shielding his wife from the harsh realities of his brother's life and death were wrong. Her ability to handle everything so much better than he ever would have resulted in an unexpected appreciation of the value of his wife.
Why did I ever think that Tolstoy would be
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This book I enjoyed! David Horovitch does a brilliant narration; there are dialogues between characters that are deep and very emotional. This book will move you emotionally. In the beginning you think why am listening to this, where it is going. But give it time, it will unfold it to something beautiful. The journey with Levin and Anna is worth taking. It will be one of the books you will always remember. The only problem is what to get after this because the standard is set very high. I was worried about the length. Believe me time will not matter and you will think Tolstoy is an excellent writer with deep insight.
Leo Tolstoy's incredible craftsmanship as an author andi his compelling story about Anna Karenina and the other major characters in the novel is expertly read by David Horovitch. Tolstoy's attention to detail in his vivid descriptions of life, death, love, and the society and culture of that time in Russia illustrate just what an incredible master of the art of writing he was. I hated for it to end and have been recommending this audible edition to all my friends.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
David Horovitch reads Anna Karenina with great sensitivity.
The pacing is just right. This allows Tolstoy's 'stream of consciousness' to flow most naturally.There is no force and the natural links between speech and thought flow effortlessly. Some of the genius of Tolstoy 's writing remain so fresh with this reader pacing us through the novel. The voices are not strained and fit the conversations, descriptions and situations.
While I too adore the hunting dog's thoughts and frustrations, one of my favourites is toward the end as Levin watches an insect climbing a blade of grass as he contemplates the possible 'proof' for the existence of 'God'.
I too laughed out loud with no malice at times. Even at the very end as Levin decides to keep a secret, the story still flows on.
Wonderful translation and a great reader.
Although I found the story somewhat interesting at times, if I compare it with War and Peace, I could not help being captivated by the narrator's subtle and intelligent manner of reading. Quite an achievement.
I have not written a review for a book yet, but I had to with Anna Karenina. I had no idea when I started it how much of an effect it would have on me, but I am very glad I invested the time to listen to this great work. It moves at a slow pace and is filled with insight into two very differing lives: that of Levin and of Anna Karenina. The story of both characters is so powerful by the end of the book that it moved me unlike any other book I have ever read. The narration by David Horovitch is among the best I have listened to. Superb book well worth the investment.