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.
Very long and slow at times. Tolstoy slowly developes the plot and gives much detail to each scene. The reader is at some points excellent and other times he almost seems as if he is muttering to himself. Being a famous classic is what help keep me going.
French professor, ebook creator, and bien d'autres choses (lots of other things). Franceinfo.us. Fan of 19th-20th Cent French & European Fiction, western thought (homer to heidegger), Rushdie, Murakami....
Pre-revolutionary Russian society. I was surprised at how much more this novel was than what I had remembered it. Tolstoy covers many contradictory aspects of aristocratic life - Anna Karenina is, as a character, only a part of the narrative.
Konstantin Levin, and any of the men seemed less two-dimensional than Anna.
The storytelling is wonderful. Tolstoy's descriptions made me feel I was watching this as a movie in my mind.
I had no favorite character. I felt they were all egoistic and even if they were thinking of others, it was in either a patriarchal or narcissistic way.
I really dislike films made from books. The scenes are never as vivid as the ones I see in my mind.
I wish I'd read this book in school. It would be great to dissemble and get points of view of others.
Outstanding with a brilliant narrator who captured the dramatic mood swings of the characters.Interesting to see how the Aristocracy thought about the peasants so long ago in Russia.
Juris Doctor Candidate, Daily Runner, Avid Reader. Audiobooks provide story telling as it was originally—creatively oral.
Anna Karenina, the character, is beyond description. Her story is captivating, and the other stories are equally compelling. It is long, but you can't stop listening to it.
This is a difficult question. I relate most to Levin. He is philosophical. He is struggling with difficult questions. He feels inadequate.
He does a good job with such a difficult task. He brings the main characters to life, but at some times characters "sound" the same as other characters. This is the biggest problem.
The end. Spoilers!!!
Farm girl, voracious reader, lover of wine & whiskey.
I try not to review classic literature in Audible as there are plenty of reviews out their for potential readers to peruse. I do think it's important to review the narration as that can make or break even the most wonderful novel.
David Horovitch is one of the best! His voice is measured without being monotonous and he infuses just the right amount of emotion into the text, without falling prey to melodrama. He only narrates a few novels on Audible and most of them are classics so it is my intention to immediately download and listen to all of these books. After nearly 40 hours with his voice in my head, I would sorely miss his company.
The narrator brings this book to life. It is exceptionally well read. The dialogue is very lively and his accents and French and Russian are clearly delivered.
A well organized and sad story with a tidy ending.
Retired nightclub performer/computer technician, I now teach hula and ukulele to seniors, and record Hawaiian music for my halau!
I can't describe the perfection that David Horovitch brings to this fabulous classic novel. Of course, we cannot deny this moving work of Leo Tolstoy on its own merit; it is a true classic. But Mr. Horovitch brings a dimension to this beautifully elegant story that can't be gotten from reading the book alone.
The setting is Tsarist Russia, and no matter what we Westerners think of Russia now after the Cold War, we forget that these people were once very similar to our own 19th century ancestors in Europe. I got a real sense of the political and social environment of the society as a whole. The dialogue sets a precursor to the historical events that occur in the early 20th century. It was really like looking into a time capsule of the era. Well done.
The translation here is not exactly the same as the Gutenberg Project PDF that is online, but so close I found that reading the book along with listening to the narration gave me greater enjoyment, than doing one or the other on its own.
The most memorable part was Nikolai's death. Mr. Horovitch's performance was OUTSTANDING! It was intense! I am sure that just reading the book would not have moved me as deeply as Mr. Horovitch's reading.
What I want to know is how I could have missed reading this book in 74 years. |Sometimes, the sheer length of a book seems daunting, but this is one that is not to be missed.
Avid reader of history, biography, and true crime.
Nothing need be added to the millions of words already written about Tolstoy's great novel, but David Horovitch's narration deserves the highest praise. His mastery of the text and the characters is outstanding - he is on my list of five star narrators and his 'Anna' is a gem.
Report Inappropriate Content