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Anna Karenina Audiobook

Anna Karenina

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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)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer 07-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "It's not just about Anna"

    If you've never read the book before, you will be surprised at the breadth of characters that take the stage in this story. It doesn't just focus on Anna, her life, and her fall, but on a series of interconnected individuals in post serfdom Russia. This is a story about religion, marriage, high society, politics, and the pursuit of love. A dense, but great read.

    My only comments about the performance is that, it was not optimally recorded. When the actor whispers you can barely hear it at all. Also. translations are not always given as the characters code switch between french and Russian.

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    Paul 07-11-16
    Paul 07-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Masterful narration for a masterful book."

    Simply superb from start to finish. David Horovitch doesn't miss a beat in telling Tolstoy's story.

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    Stephen Mah 07-09-16
    Stephen Mah 07-09-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Perfect"

    This story covers the whole gamut of human experience. The praise given to it over the decades is hardly an exaggeration.

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    Amazon Customer 06-22-16
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    "Cannot hear when reader "whispers" parts.,"

    Good but when Tolstoy says,"whispers",which is
    often, the speaker literally whispers.so it too low to hear.

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    Dr San Diego, CA United States 06-15-16
    Dr San Diego, CA United States 06-15-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Masterful story; reasonable narration"
    What did you love best about Anna Karenina?

    Possibly the greatest character study ever written. The psychological insights to the main characters' actions and motivations are astoundingly perceptive. It is impossible to avoid identifying with one or more of the characters and one is unavoidably carried along by their joys and fears, regardless of whatever distance there might be in time and or space between the listener and the novel setting.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David Horovitch?

    He read very clearly, and cleverly changes volume so you can tell when a character is switching to and from thinking and speaking. The pacing is ideal. But he did not distinguish the characters voices very clearly, and in quite a few cases it is difficult to tell who is supposed to be speaking.


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    Love to Travel 05-20-16
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    "finally done. ..so long and dragged out"

    Didn't know what to expect ,just knew this was a classic. ..struggled to finish 38 hrs

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    Rachel 05-17-16
    Rachel 05-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Tolstoy and Horovitch are masters of the craft"

    This story is a classic for a reason. Don't let the length deter you-- once you're finished, you'll only want more.

    The characters are hyper-realistic. You can barely see Tolstoy's hand in the inner life of the characters-- they seem self-possessed. He seems to be less of a prolific author, furiously writing to build characters and storylines up from scratch, and more of a humble observer, effortlessly relating themes of life through parables. Good art makes you forget the artist.

    David Horovitch is sensitive to the nuances of each character and relates the dialogue well.

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    Helena 05-15-16
    Helena 05-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Clearly a Classic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As long as my friend was ready for a lengthy listen, of course I would. It's a great story but difficult to make it through if you aren't used to the language and length of the book.


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

    I loved the moments when Anna and Vronsky met...it was like magic happening before your eyes.


    What about David Horovitch’s performance did you like?

    David Horovitch has a soothing voice, nothing special, but perfect to let the story speak for itself.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several moments that made me feel something, particularly Anna's death. while it was almost glossed over, the reader was still able to feel her angst as she did the unthinkable.


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    Barnabas 04-18-16
    Barnabas 04-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The best book I've ever listened to"
    What made the experience of listening to Anna Karenina the most enjoyable?

    David Horovitch's narration on top of Tolstoy's genius makes for a breathtaking experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tolstoy will show you things about about us that you never knew you knew


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Lievin's engagement


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lievin's engagement


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    Nathan Pratt 04-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic book, extremely well narrated"

    Tolstoy has an amazing ability to articulate the nuances of human thought. To some extent, augments my own internal dialog. This is not an easy read, but incredibly rewarding. I highly recommend this version as David Horovitch was an exceptional narrator.

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  • Grete Buck
    Leyburn, United Kingdom
    6/22/14
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    "A wonderful audio version of Anna Karanina."

    Having read Anna Karenina a few times before I thought I would treat myself to a listen and I was well rewarded.
    David Horovitch's narration brings to life the immense tapestry of characters in this dense novel - their lives, their loves, their hates, their ups and downs. The momentum of the audio version also helps with those long Russian monologues. For 'big reads' I love alternating between audio and text but much then depends on the narrator who in this case was excellent.
    I also liked the way the recording was broken up into smaller chunks which made it so much easier to go back if one got lost!

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  • Creeda
    Dublin, Ireland
    4/6/14
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    "Narrator enhances story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Anna Karenina to be better than the print version?

    Yes


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

    The death of Anna


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    So many -can't decide


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator really makes the story come alive - I had read this book twice and must confess I skipped quite a little bit - In this version every character is excellently conveyed and the story really flows............

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Brixham, United Kingdom
    1/12/14
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    "Unbelievably compulsive"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Anna Karenina to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The husband because he is pathetic and faithful but quite inadequate.


    What about David Horovitch’s performance did you like?

    I found it quite easy to distinguish who was speaking. He was able to render French and German tolerably well.


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

    It made me draw breath sharply and hold my breath in anticipation


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Retford, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "Anna Karenina"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Bowers
    Norfolk
    4/13/13
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    "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!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Panda
    11/17/12
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michele
    Cranleigh, United Kingdom
    7/29/12
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    "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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    4/14/12
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    "The grass is not always greener!"

    Took me a long time to listen to this, I could have done without the lectures, but I have read from a reviewer elsewhere that he appreciated these more later in life. Story was good, although I can't believe that such an intelligent woman could let herself end up in such a predicament, the grass is not always greener. I suppose boring lives do not make for great fiction. A classic read, especially since a new movie version is being made. The narrator did a stellar job, it would also be interesting to hear this read by a female narrator a good listen...

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • M. Bos
    Sassenheim, the Netherlands
    4/6/15
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    "Great story"

    Mainly read in English, but some French parts too. I found this annoying seeing as I don't understand French.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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