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.
Zzzzzzzz...I need a couple of bourbon balls to clear my head.....the narrator was terrrible...droll
Only if chained to a wall in a medieval dungeon
See the movie instead
Sooo long. So worth it. You get to know and love the characters deeply. Each victory and each defeat becomes like your own. Don't give up on them. The depths of book 3 are worth getting to know everyone on the way.
The narrator has a very unfortunate habit of lapsing into an inaudible murmur. As for the rest, obviously Tolstoy is a giant, but you may not enjoy this work if you don't think "a day in the life of a 19th century Russian noble" sounds interesting. This is not a plot-driven story; it's more of a soap opera done right, with deeply explored characters being consumed by drama.
I would definitely listen to this again. There are many layers to the story and complex characters in the book which means there is a lot to be gained from repeat listens/reads. The performance was amazing and the story is incredible.
It was very appropriately energetic and it was easy to tell the difference between characters. He whispers when people whisper and speeds up when people are telling a secret etc. it makes it all very real and compelling.
I would actually rate his performance 4.5 stars. It was an amazing performance with two *slight* down sides. there is a portion where he plays a sick man and it is very hard to understand his raspy voice. Also, sometimes he shows that people are whispering and suddenly drops his volume too making it realistic but hard to hear. These two things are, however, very slight and would not in any way deter me from listening again or recommending it to a friend.
A GREAT audio book!
"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.
"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...
Mainly read in English, but some French parts too. I found this annoying seeing as I don't understand French.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.