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.
Outstanding with a brilliant narrator who captured the dramatic mood swings of the characters.Interesting to see how the Aristocracy thought about the peasants so long ago in Russia.
Juris Doctor Candidate, Daily Runner, Avid Reader. Audiobooks provide story telling as it was originally—creatively oral.
Anna Karenina, the character, is beyond description. Her story is captivating, and the other stories are equally compelling. It is long, but you can't stop listening to it.
This is a difficult question. I relate most to Levin. He is philosophical. He is struggling with difficult questions. He feels inadequate.
He does a good job with such a difficult task. He brings the main characters to life, but at some times characters "sound" the same as other characters. This is the biggest problem.
The end. Spoilers!!!
Farm girl, voracious reader, lover of wine & whiskey.
I try not to review classic literature in Audible as there are plenty of reviews out their for potential readers to peruse. I do think it's important to review the narration as that can make or break even the most wonderful novel.
David Horovitch is one of the best! His voice is measured without being monotonous and he infuses just the right amount of emotion into the text, without falling prey to melodrama. He only narrates a few novels on Audible and most of them are classics so it is my intention to immediately download and listen to all of these books. After nearly 40 hours with his voice in my head, I would sorely miss his company.
The narrator brings this book to life. It is exceptionally well read. The dialogue is very lively and his accents and French and Russian are clearly delivered.
A well organized and sad story with a tidy ending.
Retired nightclub performer/computer technician, I now teach hula and ukulele to seniors, and record Hawaiian music for my halau!
I can't describe the perfection that David Horovitch brings to this fabulous classic novel. Of course, we cannot deny this moving work of Leo Tolstoy on its own merit; it is a true classic. But Mr. Horovitch brings a dimension to this beautifully elegant story that can't be gotten from reading the book alone.
The setting is Tsarist Russia, and no matter what we Westerners think of Russia now after the Cold War, we forget that these people were once very similar to our own 19th century ancestors in Europe. I got a real sense of the political and social environment of the society as a whole. The dialogue sets a precursor to the historical events that occur in the early 20th century. It was really like looking into a time capsule of the era. Well done.
The translation here is not exactly the same as the Gutenberg Project PDF that is online, but so close I found that reading the book along with listening to the narration gave me greater enjoyment, than doing one or the other on its own.
The most memorable part was Nikolai's death. Mr. Horovitch's performance was OUTSTANDING! It was intense! I am sure that just reading the book would not have moved me as deeply as Mr. Horovitch's reading.
What I want to know is how I could have missed reading this book in 74 years. |Sometimes, the sheer length of a book seems daunting, but this is one that is not to be missed.
Nothing need be added to the millions of words already written about Tolstoy's great novel, but David Horovitch's narration deserves the highest praise. His mastery of the text and the characters is outstanding - he is on my list of five star narrators and his 'Anna' is a gem.
Love, passion, heartache
When she almost dies during childbirth
Oblonski was my favorite
Passion, romance in old world Russia
Excellent audiobook, beautifully read with expression. The readers accent and pronunciation of the Russian names really made you feels like you swept back to Russia during that time
This is a brilliant edition of the book, easy to listen to, compulsive. I find it preferable Because I would not have time to read the book.
The husband because he is pathetic and faithful but quite inadequate.
I found it quite easy to distinguish who was speaking. He was able to render French and German tolerably well.
It made me draw breath sharply and hold my breath in anticipation
An amazing unabridged version at an amazing price! This is well read although all the characters do sound the same which can make it a little confusing at times. This is well worth the money if you have time to listen properly to all 35 hours!! A great job with a difficult and complex novel.
"Tedious, dull, long-winded"
I must be missing something. I just cannot understand why this is considered a literary classic - it was pure tedium from beginning to end. I have listened to over 50 audiobooks now (including many 'classics' and other pretty lengthy tomes), and this is the first one I have rated at less than 4 stars. First and foremost, the characters were all thoroughly unlikeable and uninteresting - I really struggled to feel any empathy at all for their largely self-inflicted tribulations. And while the plot was OK, whole story was far too long and drawn out, and frankly felt very self-indulgent on Tolstoy's part. It was so dull it actually put me off listening to audiobooks for a good few weeks afterwards!
"A Classic Epic everyone should read"
This story is just as relevant and meaningful to today and I'm sure many a modern tale has been based on it. I particularly enjoyed learning a bit about Russian peasants and farming albeit from a rather romantic and simplistic view, as well as the Russian aristocrasy. Overall a brilliant cautionary tale for anyone.
"Buy the unabridged version if there is one!"
I missed reading many classics when I was young, being too busy to read slow books, so I'm catching up with Audible. I have really enjoyed most of the books (Hardy, Dickens and indeed this one, hated Thackery!) but this is just too long in todays ideom. BUT if it is the only way to get it do as the characterisation and is amazing, the messages very clear and it builds a great picture of Russia before the revolution and the very unsettled times.
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