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.
I had this book in my list for a long time because of the length. I shouldn't have waited. It deserves its claim to best book.
I consider this audiobook to be better than the print version because the story is so long and over-written that I was never able to complete the print book. It may be a classic, but I don't believe it would hold up in today's world.
The story showed life in Russia when there the very rich and the very poor. It was interesting to see how they were all miserable.
He does a marvelous job with the voices, and, as previously stated, reading the book was too cumbersome.
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Author, Anna Rae Aberle
Every time I pick up a Tolstoy work I'm overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude and volume of his works. Listening to them in audio form has reminded me what an incredible story teller Leo Tolstoy was and given me a fresh perspective into his characters and stories. If you are intimidated or simply cannot fathom having the time to reread Anna Karenina or War and Peace I highly recommend listening to them over time!!
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.
We all know that Anna Karenina is a great book and that Leo Tolstoy is one of the world's greatest writers. And I can attest that David Horovitz is the right narrator for this book. Despite a deep voice he handles the female characters beautifully. His French is beautiful and accurate and although I'm not familiar with the Russian language the way he pronounces Russian sounds good.￼
Enthralled by the vast cast of distinct and consistently recognizable characters created by Tolstoi and portrayed by David Horovitch, I can't recommend this performance highly enough. My own commentary on Tolstoy's work is a simple man's blinding glimpse of the obvious, a flower among heaps of wreaths on this masterpiece of world literature. What I can offer is specific praise for David Horovitch's performance. Russian nomenclature with patronymics can be confusing to those of us unaccustomed to it, e.g. Arkadyevna, Karenina. Horovitch adds inflection, pitch, tone and pronunciation, providing an unexpected and essential aural cues that helped identify characters, even as they entered and exited under different names. True, written name diagrams work. But I intuit Russians may not need such aide memoires or "crutches" David Horovitch's consistent portrayal of each distinct character is a work of art in itself, immersing me in Tolstoy and his very Russian-ness. Bravo David Horovitch!
The depth of insight Tolstoy has
The despair...I'm a sucker for a story about problems.
I have not. I have no complaints about Horovitch's performance, but occationally the translator neglects to translate bits of the German and French...that's annoying
The plot was engaging and there were many complex characters. I appreciated the fact that it was written through the eyes of many individuals, rather than through the eyes of Anna Karenina alone.
Tolstoy had an honest, very realistic way of painting the romances in the books. The scenes were both relatable and exciting. Interestingly enough, there were no true villains. With each character, I found myself switching between pity, aversion and admiration.
Unfortunately, I disliked the narrator. Unlike Tolstoy he pushed re-enactments to such an extreme that they often sounded childish and always sounded overdone. The way in which he tried to narrate the thoughts of the characters was consistently awkward. His voice would get so low it was almost inaudible, I would attempt to turn up the volume to interpret his whispers and then be blasted with loud volume when he returned to normal speech. It was frustrating. I would not want to listen to another book that he has narrated.
I was disappointed by the ending. I believe the quality of the story line dwindled towards the end. It may have been drawn out longer than it needed to be.
At times raw and gut-wrenching. as we traverse the intricate weave of life amongst friends and acquaintances, Tolstoy reveals to us the depths of the human experience. I was caught off guard with breadth of this books topics but was nonetheless pleased with the outcome. I can hardly wait to get a hold of the printed copy so I can "re read" some of the closing passages.
The narration was fantastic - truly a gifted voice. Love the whole of this experience.
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