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Anna Karenina Audiobook

Anna Karenina

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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.

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    Shannon High Point, NC, United States 07-21-13
    Shannon High Point, NC, United States 07-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I now know why this book is a literary classic"
    Would you try another book from Leo Tolstoy and/or David Horovitch?

    It is certain that Leo Tolstoy will be an author I look into in the near future after I get a bit further into my pile of books I already have set aside to listen to or to read. The narrator has an amazingly eloquent voice and I loved his ability to make distinct voices for the male characters but I felt as thought he fell short on the female characters. However this wouldn't stop me from putting him in my next pick.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The struggle that Levan has encountered throughout this book is very real and brought to the surface a struggle that I was able to make a connection. I liked Levan very much from the beginning and loved him even more so at the end of this grand story.


    What three words best describe David Horovitch’s performance?

    Eloquent, vivid and charming.


    Did Anna Karenina inspire you to do anything?

    This book I don't feel is so much an inspirational book but a book for reflecting. Reflecting on ones choices in life and how best to move forward.


    Any additional comments?

    The title is a bit miss leading, if you know nothing of Anna Karenina and if reading this review you may be asking yourself why I haven't mentioned our dear Anna. She indeed is one of our main characters and we spend a great bit of time with her but not who the book is truly about. However her struggle in this book takes you on quite the ride and in the end I wasn't quite sure how to feel about her but I know that I felt dumb-founded and aggrevated with her decisions and her choice of how to deal with them.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bonny 04-12-17
    Bonny 04-12-17

    Addicted to books, both print and audio-.

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    "Glad I went for it!"

    I'm a major Dickens audiobook fan, and he is known for length, but I had doubts as to how well I'd do with the 38 hours of Anna Karenina. Not an issue, as it turned out. The writing is superb and often mesmerizing. Tolstoy goes into an amazing level of detail, and takes his time with scenes and plot lines. Once in a while I'd get a little tired of the detail (the political meeting went on a bit long, but they often do, don't they?), but then I'd come across something like Levin helping his farm workers scythe the hay, which is an extraordinary piece of writing, and find myself completely absorbed.

    I can't sing David Horovitch's praises highly enough. It's a beautiful pairing of book and narrator.

    This book is well worth your time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Waters Detroit, MI 10-15-15
    C. Waters Detroit, MI 10-15-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book"

    I love this book and for the most part liked the reader except his constant changes in volume made it hard to hear passages without constantly either missing something or turning the volume up and down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 06-17-15
    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 06-17-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A very great work of art superbly narrated"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. 01-09-15
    T. 01-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A Worthwhile Read/Listen"
    Where does Anna Karenina rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    David Horovitch's reading of Anna Karenina is excellent and one of the best audiobooks to which I have ever listened.


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

    Horovitch captures the principal character's personalities with precision and brings depth to their respective positions and roles in the story.


    What about David Horovitch’s performance did you like?

    I was apprehensive about listening to anyone read a lengthy Russian novel, but Horovitch did a brilliant job. His narration was never grating, and he did a brilliant job with both the dialogue and the descriptive portions of the novel.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hope and Tragedy


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Highland, UT, United States 03-08-14
    Joshua Highland, UT, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this rendition."
    Where does Anna Karenina rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top. I would rank it within my top 5.


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

    The story takes you on a voyage of multiple emotions. The character development is grand.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joya 03-14-13
    Joya 03-14-13
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    "The Beauty and Tragedy of Life"

    Anna Karenina has been on my must read list for many years. I have been keeping lists – and book lists in particular – since my first summer journal at eight years old. The epic Russian novel appears at the top of many top ten novels lists and has been referred to as “flawless” and “the greatest novel ever written” by two of the most celebrated novelists of our time.

    I have owned a copy of Anna Karenina for about ten years. If I have made any attempt at all to read it, I have never gotten much past the first sentence, which is one of the most iconic quotes from the book “All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”. Last Sunday, realizing for the first time that there has been yet another movie remake – this one starring Kiera Knightly and Jude Law – I decided I’d better read the book before “accidentally” catching it on television.

    Tolstoy’s world is mid-to-late nineteenth century Imperial Russia. The primary characters live lavish and eminently superficial lifestyles. Their daily existence is a whirlwind of sparkling balls featuring hair-pieced chignons piled high, and decadently luxurious boudoirs where the aristocratic Russian society of Moscow and St. Petersburg affectedly pepper their speech with French. In stark contrast to the elaborate, but constricted life of the city is pastoral Russia. The agrarian countryside has expansive landscapes, rich soil and an unending sky.

    Tolstoy’s romantic masterpiece is as vivid as it is relatable. The book captures the imagination with its straightforward and exact language. Tolstoy stops time as he bores into his characters’ every thought, motive, and facial twitch, even as dialogue is being exchanged. It is a romance – admittedly not my favorite genre – but juicy from the get-go with marital infidelity, unrequited love and a tragic love affair.

    The novel is sweeping, with at least two dozen named characters whose lives spiral around the two central protagonists – Anna Karenina and Tolstoy’s alter ego, Konstantin Levin. Tolstoy peers not only into the lives of a few rich 19th century Russians, but into the whole of humanity. The novel has stood the test of time because it reminds us that even the most desirable of circumstances may be unbearable, that bumps in the road may still lead to happy endings, that glamor and frivolity are but fleeting joys, and that family and real love are worth crying for, fighting for, striving for, waiting for.

    Anna Karenina is a celebration of human frailty and redemption. Tolstoy says its okay to be flawed, its okay to make mistakes, just keep trying. We see that there are infinite possibilities in life, but we indeed choose our own path. Without seeking to reduce a 150-year old, 900-page classic tome to a few epithets, Anna Karenina is a celebration of life – its beauty and its tragedy – and all the meaning there is to be found, if only we will choose to see it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Raglan, New Zealand 02-04-15
    Mark Raglan, New Zealand 02-04-15 Member Since 2016

    I love listening to books when cycling, paddleboarding, etc but I press pause when I need to concentrate. Its safer & I don't lose the plot!

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    "Pleasant...."

    Q. Why did I listen to ‘Anna Karenina’? A. I had listened to ‘The Year of Reading Dangerously’ by Andy Miller, in which he reads and reviews 50 books, and he singled out ‘Anna Karenina’ for high praise. Incidentally, I also tried to get his absolute favourite number one book on the list ‘Atomised’, but it isn’t available as a talking book so I hunted down a hard copy, and I haven’t finished it yet but have struggled so far. This is the problem with recommendations. People’s tastes differ.

    Anyway, back to the main point, which is ‘Anna Karenina’: I found it enjoyable, mostly, but it does meander off into politics and philosophising quite a lot. It has been described as ‘the best book ever written’, but, whatever these qualities are that qualify it for such hyperbole are lost on me.

    The characterisation is good and realistic, and you are drawn in to sympathise with the characters. There is interesting social comment (the fact that when a man and a woman commit the same social indiscretion, adultery, the man is unpunished while the woman is ostracised and disgraced). The narration is excellent. But the plot is a bit of a disappointment and after the ‘main event’ near the end there is a boring epilogue and I was waiting for it to finish so I could listen to something more interesting.

    Maybe I’m just too shallow for old classics, but I wasn’t particularly impressed by this book. 7/10.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jeroen HaarlemNetherlands 08-16-09
    Jeroen HaarlemNetherlands 08-16-09
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    "excellent narrator"

    excellent narrator!!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Skdeso 04-22-17
    Skdeso 04-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Volume Issues with Performance"

    The performer is extremely capable and brings great vividness to the story. It is tarnished though with the wide swings in volume. I found myself constantly adjusting the volume up and down all 34 hours.

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    Cheshire, UK
    5/18/16
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    "Plumbs the depths of the human spirit"

    I was very sad when it finished - felt like I had lost a friend, until I realized I can always listen to it again.
    Tolstoy is a master at probing and understanding the human spirit. And he does this more by asking questions and putting characters and their struggles into contrast than by giving answers.
    I feel like someone has been rummaging in my soul.
    That is not to say there is no story or plot to enjoy, and when I first encountered this book in my teens/early 20s that is all I paid attention to.
    But now I am in my 60s I find myself riveted by the paradoxical contrasts between peasants and the nobility, and the barriers to agricultural and political reform as processed through the minds of the various characters, all of which, regardless of their outlook, Tolstoy made me love and understand.
    This is a huge work that tackles problems, questions and challenges of what it means to be human and how to live a good life. As relevant today as it was then.
    And now the performance - all I can say is David Horovitch made this book come alive in a way I could never achieve from simply reading it. Simply superb.

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  • Amazon Customer
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    "A long journey but absolutely worth it."

    One of the mastodons of literature. As with the greatest works, it can probably only really be understood if one has lived a few years. The story is much more than a tragic romance and in fact the putative heroine is absent much of the time, but Tolstoy's penetrating psychological insight informs every scene and illuminates every protagonist. A genuine treasure and very well read in this edition.

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  • romana di Suvero
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    "Brilliantly narrated"

    The reader does a fantastic job . He reads each character so well , one really gets a an insight into each of the characters personality !
    One feels a part of Tolstoys Russia . A worthwhile audible marathon .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fusgus
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    "My first Tolstoy"

    a very modern style of writing, enjoyed it very much. excellent performance well worth the time.

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  • Ashleigh M
    12/1/15
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    "Loved It!"

    Anna Karenina wasn't the best audiobook I've listened to but was by no means the worst. David Horovitch is a great narrator and really gave the story that additional lift that I needed to get through it, I did listen to this in combination with reading a physical copy and that really works for me. It was an incredible book that I definitely feel benefited listening to the majority of. I've never listened to his performances before this but will definitely look for something else by him in the future.

    As for characters I think it was Levin who I liked the most. However, even though I absolutely loathed her at points, Anna was an incredible character and possibly one of the best I've read in fiction. The writing of her and the full breadth of her character was incredible and very much deserving of the many hours this book took up.

    It's an audiobook that I felt required a bit more time and, rather than my usual 2x speed I listened to this on 1.5x which was, for me, a good pace. Tolsoy's way with words is beautiful and I can't wait to explore more of his work in the future!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jakob
    10/7/15
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    "Shouts and whispers"

    Great book, but unfortunately the narrator likes to alternate between whispering and almost shouting. I don't know under which circumstances other people listen to audiobooks, but I do it while driving, so each time the narrator whispers I have to turn up the volume, only to have him shouting at me in the next instant - effectively turning the experience of listening to this phenomenal book into a nuisance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    6/2/15
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    "An astonishing book"

    It's a long listen but well worth the effort. The narrator is the best I've come across and he characterises all people uniquely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shirley
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    "A must!"

    A very interesting and informative account of the lives of people who are on the edge of reform both socially and politically.

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  • Amazon Customer
    4/8/15
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    "epic"

    I read the book years ago and doubt I read every word yet I listened to it all. I was surprised by the author's insight into the emotions of both the male and female characters and the way he handled the social and philosophical political and religious questions of that society. Its relevance to today also struck me. The narrator was superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    Monterubbiano, Italy
    10/28/14
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    "Anna kareniina"
    Where does Anna Karenina rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. I had never got beyond the first few pages of the written book but knew it was a story I would enjoy I find it is impossible to compare audiobooks as my choice is fairly eclectic.


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

    There were many memorable scenes in the book and I found all of them essential to the whole.


    What does David Horovitch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I thought the narrator was very good and differentiated well between the different characters.


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

    No it is much too long and also there is so much happening. I really looked forward to listening to it every day


    Any additional comments?

    Audible has really helped me to expand my choice of books because I can listen at times when it is not possible to read a book even on Kindle (although I still read every day).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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