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)2014 Audible, Inc.
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.
The depth of insight Tolstoy has
The despair...I'm a sucker for a story about problems.
I have not. I have no complaints about Horovitch's performance, but occationally the translator neglects to translate bits of the German and French...that's annoying
The plot was engaging and there were many complex characters. I appreciated the fact that it was written through the eyes of many individuals, rather than through the eyes of Anna Karenina alone.
Tolstoy had an honest, very realistic way of painting the romances in the books. The scenes were both relatable and exciting. Interestingly enough, there were no true villains. With each character, I found myself switching between pity, aversion and admiration.
Unfortunately, I disliked the narrator. Unlike Tolstoy he pushed re-enactments to such an extreme that they often sounded childish and always sounded overdone. The way in which he tried to narrate the thoughts of the characters was consistently awkward. His voice would get so low it was almost inaudible, I would attempt to turn up the volume to interpret his whispers and then be blasted with loud volume when he returned to normal speech. It was frustrating. I would not want to listen to another book that he has narrated.
I was disappointed by the ending. I believe the quality of the story line dwindled towards the end. It may have been drawn out longer than it needed to be.
At times raw and gut-wrenching. as we traverse the intricate weave of life amongst friends and acquaintances, Tolstoy reveals to us the depths of the human experience. I was caught off guard with breadth of this books topics but was nonetheless pleased with the outcome. I can hardly wait to get a hold of the printed copy so I can "re read" some of the closing passages.
The narration was fantastic - truly a gifted voice. Love the whole of this experience.
It took me a long time to finish this book, but I'm so glad I did. It can feel show at times, but try and sit back and enjoy the beauty and genius with which Tolstoy expresses his ideas and views through his characters and their experiences. Tolstoy has a deep understanding of human nature and an almost unbelievable ability to play out thoughts and feelings of fictitious people in an intensely real way. So good!! However, beware the exploration of all of the kinds of human frailty and weakness.
Very long and slow at times. Tolstoy slowly developes the plot and gives much detail to each scene. The reader is at some points excellent and other times he almost seems as if he is muttering to himself. Being a famous classic is what help keep me going.
French professor, ebook creator, and bien d'autres choses (lots of other things). Franceinfo.us. Fan of 19th-20th Cent French & European Fiction, western thought (homer to heidegger), Rushdie, Murakami....
Pre-revolutionary Russian society. I was surprised at how much more this novel was than what I had remembered it. Tolstoy covers many contradictory aspects of aristocratic life - Anna Karenina is, as a character, only a part of the narrative.
Konstantin Levin, and any of the men seemed less two-dimensional than Anna.
The storytelling is wonderful. Tolstoy's descriptions made me feel I was watching this as a movie in my mind.
I had no favorite character. I felt they were all egoistic and even if they were thinking of others, it was in either a patriarchal or narcissistic way.
I really dislike films made from books. The scenes are never as vivid as the ones I see in my mind.
I wish I'd read this book in school. It would be great to dissemble and get points of view of others.
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.
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.
Beautifully read. Like the other reviewers I can highly recommend this audiobook. I notice it is a 'cover to cover'edition.
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.
"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.
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.
The depiction of pre-revolutionary Russia
The description of the harvest
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.
"Great performance by David Horovitch"
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.
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.
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.
"fabulous- best audio book ever"
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.
"Brilliant story, beautifully read"
Not better, just different. Both excellent.
Hard to say, loved the descriptions of the different characters, and their ways of life.
Not previously heard David readings. I think he reads beautifully.
Much more cry than laugh!
A wonderful story, beautifully told.
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