This book isn't narrated, it's heavily performed. Crying, whispering, huge swings in mood, tempo and emotion. That would all be great if I had any reason to want David Horovitch's personal interpretation of Tolstoy, but I don't. It's one thing to whisper a line that's followed by text in the book, that says "...Anna whispered". But, to continuously heavily interpret the text with no clear reason except the preference of the narrator is a disservice to Tolstoy. It should be relabeled as a performance, not a narration.
Also of note is that when David whispers, it's so quiet that even at max volume it's inaudible in the car on the freeway (at least inside my Prius).
All considered, if you're looking for entertainment and don't particularly care about the meaning of the book, this is a great edition. If you want to hear Tolstoy, and form your own thoughts and opinions about his meaning, steer clear.
I enjoyed the book immensely and thought Horovitch was excellent in his French, but .... please correct his Russian pronunciation of Seryozha!!!! It was quite distracting in the otherwise superb reading!
I had this book in my list for a long time because of the length. I shouldn't have waited. It deserves its claim to best book.
I consider this audiobook to be better than the print version because the story is so long and over-written that I was never able to complete the print book. It may be a classic, but I don't believe it would hold up in today's world.
The story showed life in Russia when there the very rich and the very poor. It was interesting to see how they were all miserable.
He does a marvelous job with the voices, and, as previously stated, reading the book was too cumbersome.
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Author, Anna Rae Aberle
Every time I pick up a Tolstoy work I'm overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude and volume of his works. Listening to them in audio form has reminded me what an incredible story teller Leo Tolstoy was and given me a fresh perspective into his characters and stories. If you are intimidated or simply cannot fathom having the time to reread Anna Karenina or War and Peace I highly recommend listening to them over time!!
Anna Karenina is quite simply one of the great masterpieces of world literature. I've read it before, but from the opening sentence I was reminded again of how much authority Tolstoy writes with. The narration is superb. While some say the MAude translation contains inaccuracies, I assume that overall it's good enough.
We all know that Anna Karenina is a great book and that Leo Tolstoy is one of the world's greatest writers. And I can attest that David Horovitz is the right narrator for this book. Despite a deep voice he handles the female characters beautifully. His French is beautiful and accurate and although I'm not familiar with the Russian language the way he pronounces Russian sounds good.￼
Enthralled by the vast cast of distinct and consistently recognizable characters created by Tolstoi and portrayed by David Horovitch, I can't recommend this performance highly enough. My own commentary on Tolstoy's work is a simple man's blinding glimpse of the obvious, a flower among heaps of wreaths on this masterpiece of world literature. What I can offer is specific praise for David Horovitch's performance. Russian nomenclature with patronymics can be confusing to those of us unaccustomed to it, e.g. Arkadyevna, Karenina. Horovitch adds inflection, pitch, tone and pronunciation, providing an unexpected and essential aural cues that helped identify characters, even as they entered and exited under different names. True, written name diagrams work. But I intuit Russians may not need such aide memoires or "crutches" David Horovitch's consistent portrayal of each distinct character is a work of art in itself, immersing me in Tolstoy and his very Russian-ness. Bravo David Horovitch!