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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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    SA 04-20-17
    SA 04-20-17
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    "Loved it!"

    David Horovitch's narration brought the characters to life. I usually only listen during my work commute but found myself listening at breaks, lunch and after I got home.

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    Julie Gray Los Angeles, CA USA 04-14-17
    Julie Gray Los Angeles, CA USA 04-14-17 Member Since 2016

    Book lover, story teller, 21st century expat living in the Middle East.

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    "If You Read One Book in Your Life...."

    I started to read Anna Karenina a million times and put it down. Until I listened to this Audible version. David Horovich is a narrator par excellence and I was just swept along into the Russian landscape with this book. It's desert island material.

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    Luke 03-10-17
    Luke 03-10-17
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    "Phenomenal Narration!"

    This book is already extensively acclaimed and critiqued as a literary masterpiece, so there Is nothing substantial for me to add there. The narration truly makes this book come alive as a listener. David Horovitch provides the one of the best audiobook readings of a novel that I have ever heard. His ability to emote and voice characters is compelling and never seems forced or excessive. It may not seem significant at first blush, but hearing a single narrator perform multiple characters with such emotional range and consistency both enhances enjoyment and comprehension across multiple listening sessions. Bravo!

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    Joseph N Mott 01-15-17
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    "Classic - very well done"

    I'd never read the book and didn't not know the storyline at all. Just anxious to take in a highly recommended classic and I was not disappointed. Narration was as excellent as the story deserves.

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    Andrew 12-24-16
    Andrew 12-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great narration"

    I'm not going to review Tolstoy on an audible app. The book is great. I thoroughly enjoyed it (although perhaps expected to be more awestruck than I was). I worry that perhaps this isn't the best translation. The research I did suggested this, but without reading the other translations I'm not well placed to give an informed opinion.

    The narrator does an extremely good job. I highly recommend. He is clear and very subtly adapts his voice for each character. I've gotten more from other amazing narrations, but this is a very good performance all the same.

    The one thing that annoyed me a little was the regular use of French sentences in the last third of the book. Just as I don't speak Russian, I also don't speak French. So how am I supposed to absorb that material? What explains the selective translation? It doesn't overwhelm the experience, but it's annoying.

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    Cosmos Fitzpatrick 10-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "life"

    Tolstoy brilliantly explains this timeless Russian tale that we all relate to. My favorite part of the book is the way he explains the inner conflicts within each of the characters minds. I relate to this the most and it's given me more emithay toward others.

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    Emilee Hatch California 10-22-16
    Emilee Hatch California 10-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "one for the anthropologist"

    I love Leo Tolstoy, from his short stories to War and Peace but never read Anna Karenina because the idea of adultery disgusts me. I finally listened to it and loved it. I enjoyed the story line, the characterization, and the way the two story lines intermingled and played off of each other. I love that it got me thinking and made me respect my own marriage even more. it got me thinking about the role that communication, trust, and respect play into a relationship and how without them love isn't enough.

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    troyohna 10-11-16
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    "Wonderful!"

    I listened to this in the evenings and thoroughly enjoyed the narrator's variety of character voices and expression. Such a well written novel full of passion and developed characters.

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    Daniel Flynn New York 09-26-16
    Daniel Flynn New York 09-26-16 Member Since 2014

    Daniel Flynn

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    "A great work of art"

    The performance really is excellent. This book is beautiful on so many levels. I highly recommend it.
    Enjoy!

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    lillian 09-20-16
    lillian 09-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    Actually a stellar performance, but the whispers are so quiet and the shouts are so loud that it's difficult to listen to

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  • A Compatangelo
    9/22/14
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    "An honest portrayal of emotions, deliciously read."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Anna Karenina to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. I remeber trying to read Anna Karenina on a plane and buckling under the pressure of such an impressively large volume. I particularly reccommend this for students that have been put off reading due to the sheer amount of words they stare at every day during study or revision.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I wouldn't say I have a favourite but I couldn't help rooting for Levin.


    Have you listened to any of David Horovitch’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No but you can tell he enjoys reading this. He gets really into it and brings much humanity to his reading.


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

    It made me feel all the feels. Happiness, sadness, anger, anxiety, pity, nervousness(?) (if that's even an emotion) etc.


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect to listen to whilst going for a walk, on commute, having a bath or doing dull lab work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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 7 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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