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Anna Karenina | [Leo Tolstoy]

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky.
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Publisher's Summary

Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky.

Translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude.

©1994 BBC Audiobooks Ltd; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Marcus Seattle, WA, United States 08-02-08
    Marcus Seattle, WA, United States 08-02-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Beautiful story, amazing narration"

    How can one man understand so much about human nature and portray it so vividly and so beautifully? Tolstoy seems to have lived a thousand lives. Whether he is telling the thoughts of a mother as she gives birth, the reasoning's of a man who is trying to find meaning in the conflicting worlds of science and religion, the anxious feelings of young lovers or, amusingly, the thoughts of a dog as it runs through the woods chasing birds in a hunt, the descriptions flow so effortlessly and incisively that I found myself laughing and crying and with goosebumps over and over as I listened.

    There is never a sense of hurry in the story--that the best way to read it was to enjoy the prose and let the plot unfold in its slow, meandering way without expecting it or anticipating it. It's a book that should be enjoyed with leisure and pondered over time.

    Regarding the audio adaptation--the narration is among the best I've ever heard.

    54 of 54 people found this review helpful
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    L. Brown Colorado, USA 04-15-09
    L. Brown Colorado, USA 04-15-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Three great classics"

    This work unites three classics: (1) the novel by Leo Tolstoy that depicts the inner life of women with piercing realism; (2) the translation by Louise and Aylmer Maude of 1918 that still sounds fresh and contemporary; (3) the narration by David Horovitch that effects the range of characters with only the slightest modulation in his natural voice and the subtlest of vocal "gestures": an intake of breath here, a "tsk" there. It doesn't get better than this.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Goodyear, AZ, United States 09-12-09
    Rob Goodyear, AZ, United States 09-12-09 Member Since 2005
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    "The best translation and an amazing narrator"

    This is the version to listen to - the narrator is one of the best I've ever heard, and I think the english in this translation is the perfect balance of 19th century formality with modern vocabulary and syntax. I read Anna Karenina years ago and loved it then. But listening to this is like discovering the novel all over again.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer massachusetts 06-11-09
    Amazon Customer massachusetts 06-11-09 Member Since 2000

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    "Wonderful narration."

    Simply wonderful narration by David Horovitch. His voice gives dramatic fluctuations to the individual characters, showing his great talent for acting. This and the fact that the story was so captivating, I found myself reading the book when I returned from work - wanting more. It is a very long book and very long audio book, but I found it was well worth the time. It is a story that will stay with me always. I guess that is why it is, and always will be, a Classic...

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    David 01-24-09
    David 01-24-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy"

    The best narration I have ever heard. Mr. Horovitch is simply the best.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Jacob Mekes ROTTERDAM, Netherlands 01-25-12
    Jan Jacob Mekes ROTTERDAM, Netherlands 01-25-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Emotional rollercoaster"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Particularly if said friend was thinking of getting married. Tolstoy does a tremendously good job writing about all aspects of love and human interaction.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The grand life events. Without wanting to spoil anything, events like birth, marriage, and death are the ones where Tolstoy really shines here. He takes his time describing not only the events themselves, but also the effects they have on the people involved in them.


    What about David Horovitch’s performance did you like?

    I really liked how the narrator acted out the emotional scenes. Horovitch is particularly good in bringing dialogue alive. The narration itself is a bit dull at times, but perhaps Tolstoy's slow and deliberate prose is at fault there (though it's not really a fault, it's just the way it's intended). One minor thing: the narrator's French, while good, isn't perfect, but that's easily overlooked (or should I say overlistened?).


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. Anna Karenina is a book that's best enjoyed like a fine wine: take a few sips at a time. Apart from practical difficulties (the book is just too long to listen to in one go), you'd just get overwhelmed with emotion if you wanted to listen to too much at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    One thing to keep in mind is that this book is ultimately not about Anna Karenina. It features her heavily, yes, but ultimately the main character is a man called Levin. If you don't realize this, part 5 of the book may seem a bit redundant, but once you get that Tolstoy first and foremost wanted to tell a story of self-discovery and faith, it all makes sense.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Z'Oma 11-02-09
    Z'Oma 11-02-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Tolstoy's writing is stunning"

    You must be a fan of a 'period piece' to really understand and follow Tolstoy. His writing is some of the most remarkable I have ever 'read'. I am awed by it; brilliant. I probably would never survive the printed page tho - too slow and too cumbersome for me in that form. Being able to listen and have my attention absorbed by the EXCELLENT narration is captivating.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Carmel, Ca, United States 09-29-09
    Tracy Carmel, Ca, United States 09-29-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Psychiatry in HD,a thriller,superb, crushing."

    The combination of Tolstoy's high definition rendering of his character's complex hearts and minds with the virtuosity of this narrator's gifts results in a rare audiobook experience here. Hold on to your hat and prepare yourself for a real donkey kick of an ending. This is a classic for a reason. It is a masterpiece.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christianna L. Morton Charlotte, NC, US 09-27-09
    Christianna L. Morton Charlotte, NC, US 09-27-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Very enjoyable, I didn't want it to end"

    David Horovitch does a wonderful job bringing this book to life. I really enjoyed listening to him.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daphne CopenhagenDenmark 05-19-10
    Daphne CopenhagenDenmark 05-19-10
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    "Quite nice, splendid narrator"

    The narrator has a wonderful set of voices. A very good production all together. And a great number of intertwined stories with complex characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Deborah
    London, United Kingdom
    6/12/09
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    "A gem"

    By all admissions, this is a long book and can be daunting. However, Horovitch's gravelly voice and his obvious emotional involvement with the text makes it extremely enjoyable. I walk around with it on my ipod and find myself smiling at certain scenes and at the subtle understanding of human nature which Tolstoy masters so well and with such wry humour. I am really loving it.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • John
    manchester, greater manchester, United Kingdom
    11/11/09
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    "Definitive reading of Anna Karenina"

    A masterly reading with never a lapse in concentration. The joys and sorrows of this wonderful tale are superbly conveyed so that Tolstoy's ideas are effortlessly understood. I cannot recommend David Horovitch too highly and I would read anything that he had narrated.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    Southam, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
    9/30/09
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    "Anna Karenina"

    I tried to read this book many years ago and gave up (found names were daunting) so when I saw this in the sale thought I would give it another try. I am so glad I did. The narrator makes it come alive. The story is so gripping that I actually waited outside a customers premises after a long drive, just to find out what happened. Well worth the money and I have no hesitation in recommending this book.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Bangor, Down, United Kingdom
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    "Anna Karenina"

    Beautifully read. Like the other reviewers I can highly recommend this audiobook. I notice it is a 'cover to cover'edition.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Elinor
    Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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    "Anna Karenina"

    This is a book I've always wanted to read but have found a bit daunting. I love the detail of Tolstoy's writing which is brilliantly brought to life by David Horovitch. I recommend this.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Wakefield, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Superb!"

    I've been consistently impressed with the narrators I've heard on Audible, but David Horovitch's performance in Anna Karenina is a masterclass. His pacing and voicing is perfect, and each character is brought wonderfully to life. The novel itself is without doubt brilliant, and undoubtably a classic, but I've always found it quite intimidating to take on but I would thoroughly recommend this production of it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eleanor
    Chorleywood, United Kingdom
    6/20/14
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    "Tolstoy readable"
    What did you like most about Anna Karenina?

    The depiction of pre-revolutionary Russia


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The description of the harvest


    Any additional comments?

    This is a long slow book and needs to be read at leisure. The narration is excellent, the different characters distinguishable. I read it on paper years ago and have been glad to re-visit it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    West Barns, United Kingdom
    5/2/14
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    "Great performance by David Horovitch"
    What did you like most about Anna Karenina?

    I think the performance of this story is really good. I'm not sure how I would have got on reading the book, Horovitch really brings this story alive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really think Tolstoy seeks and brings out the innermost feelings of his characters and the feelings are true to life. I found the story unpredictable and could not guess what would happen next.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book is far too long to listen to or read in one sitting I think, but I came back to it day after day.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jane
    Cupar, United Kingdom
    3/7/14
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    "Brilliant story, beautifully read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Anna Karenina to be better than the print version?

    Not better, just different. Both excellent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anna Karenina?

    Hard to say, loved the descriptions of the different characters, and their ways of life.


    Have you listened to any of David Horovitch’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Not previously heard David readings. I think he reads beautifully.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Much more cry than laugh!


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful story, beautifully told.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joanna
    London, United Kingdom
    2/23/14
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    "fabulous- best audio book ever"
    What made the experience of listening to Anna Karenina the most enjoyable?

    Narration was superb. I would recommend David Horovitch. The story is brought to life and even the bits I skipped when reading the book were enjoyable to listen to.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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