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Anna Karenina | [Leo Tolstoy]

Anna Karenina

It tells of the love affair between Anna and Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Russia, faith is challenged, bonds are broken, love dies and is reborn.
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Publisher's Summary

Anna Karenina published in serial installments from 1873 to 1877 is a novel by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy,

It tells of the love affair between Anna and Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Russia, faith is challenged, bonds are broken, love dies and is reborn.

Leo Tolstoy, or Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy 1828 - 1910), was a Russian writer and is regarded as among the greatest of novelists.

Translated by Constance Garnett from the Russian in 1901.

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

(P)2009 RNIB

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    Amazon Customer 08-09-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Pleased"

    An excellent book, of course, and I was very pleased with this narrator. She handled all the voices well, even the male ones and I thought her Anna was brilliant, especially in the later scenes.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kim AucklandNew Zealand 07-21-10
    Kim AucklandNew Zealand 07-21-10
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    "Strange recording"

    I thought I was 'hearing voices' in my head until I read other reviewers' points about the recording. The reader seems to have recorded this at home with her telly on in the background and with the stammering over many of the lines and names I found it difficult to listen to her otherwise lovely voice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dielle ALEDO, TX, United States 07-16-10
    Dielle ALEDO, TX, United States 07-16-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyable classic"

    I enjoyed the book, and enjoyed the narration as well. She did well distinguishing between different characters and her timing was effective. Yes occasionally you could hear a page turn, or her swallowing. But it wasn't distracting. I am glad I gave this classic a try and will likely listen to it again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer El Paso, TX, USA 03-01-10
    Jennifer El Paso, TX, USA 03-01-10
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    "Distracting Reader"

    The book itself has so far been lovely, but the audio copy is disappointing. While the reader has a pleasant voice, she stubbles over words and can be heard gulping water at the end of chapters. Half way through the first section there is occasional background noise, like a TV that has been left on. The audio should have had better editing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deirdre Kennedy San Francisco, CA 10-10-13
    Deirdre Kennedy San Francisco, CA 10-10-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Judy Franklin is a gifted performer"
    Would you listen to Anna Karenina again? Why?

    I HAVE listened to this recording of Anna Karenina over again. A couple of times, in fact. I will sometimes randomly pick a chapter and listen. Of course Tolstoy's writing is luscious -- but Judy Franklin conveys enough emotion to bring the characters to life and maintain the narrator's voice of distant observation -- with nuance and balance. I was sad when the book ended. I wish she had read more books that appealed to me. I would love to hear more audiobooks with her voice. I'm now listening to War and Peace and the male narrator is quite adequate, but doesn't have the depth that Franklin brings to Tolstoy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm embarrassed to admit this is the first time I've heard/read Anna Karenina, though I knew the story. Now I know why Tolstoy is considered a genius. His writing is deceptively simple and yet fabulously layered and complex. He dives into the human psyche and lets the reader watch his characters' twist their thinking as they try to convince themselves that as long as they do what society expects, they are morally right. His characters aren't painted in broad strokes like Dickens' characters -- (though I love Dickens). Tolstoy gives his characters considerable room to grow and change. Some, who start out vapid and self-serving, become magnanimous and selfless while the very characters who started out pious and ethical show their flaws. Tolstoy writes some pretty comic passages that ridicule the behavior of the Russian aristocracy.

    Although Anna is the typical faithless hussy and meets a tragic end as those women always do in 19th century novels, the novel doesn't condemn her. It's a criticism of the society she lives in.

    I highly recommend it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Lees Summit, MO, United States 04-18-11
    Kevin Lees Summit, MO, United States 04-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Very well read"

    I had always wanted to read Anna Karenina, but was put off by the length. This audio book was the perfect answer. The narrator was very good and she really helped me keep the characters straight, the action moving, and the "pages" turning.

    One thing that would be nice would be to have the individual chapters actually bookmarked instead of each "chapter" being about 2 hours with 20 or so chapters included.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda denver, CO, United States 02-13-13
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    "Quality writng and unforgeatble story!"
    What made the experience of listening to Anna Karenina the most enjoyable?

    Depth of story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Levin...Because of his personal quest for truth.


    Which character – as performed by Judy Franklin – was your favorite?

    Anna


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No...Way to long and too much for one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Birmingham, AL 12-20-12
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    "excellent narration to an extremely long novel"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It's a classic, so in that sense it was, but overall, I would've preferred having read 5 other books in the time it took me to get through this one.


    Which character – as performed by Judy Franklin – was your favorite?

    Dolly


    Do you think Anna Karenina needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rungaroon Westland, MI, United States 11-05-10
    Rungaroon Westland, MI, United States 11-05-10
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    "Beautifully Read Bargain"

    Ms. Franklin is a wonderful reader. I can't imagine how anyone could complain about an audible page turning or a slight hesitation in speech. Those are rare indeed. In no case do they disrupt the excellent experience of listening to Tolstoy's masterpiece through the voice of a terrific reader.

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    Richard Oswego, NY, USA 06-20-10
    Richard Oswego, NY, USA 06-20-10
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    "Nice narration"

    This is very nicely narrated and the sound quality is good enough for your car, competing with road noise, etc.. Tolstoy's vision of human existence can't compete with Dostoevsky. In addition, the former cheats: first describing Vronsky as diabolical, then inventing monetary excuses for his not running off with Anna (excuses that mean he is actually very nice - but when he does run off with Anna anyway these monetary problems disappear) and finally he becomes long sufferinig. Descriptions of Mr. Karenina often seem designed to heighten sympathy for Anna and not to really be sympathetic portrayals of a real human being. He too gets redeemed and then unredeemed. The leaden weight of the authorial hand moves his chess pieces towards predetermined ends, it seems, and the manipulation of the reader becomes apparent. If you don't share this opinion, then I'm glad you had a better time reading this novel than me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • James
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    "Beautiful"

    The novel and its pedigree stand for themselves, it is utterly fantastic.

    The audio-book goes a long way to matching that. The fact that one narrator manages to bring to life such a wide range of characters, of all ages, sexes and classes, and makes them each individual and personal, is incredible. Most notably the expression she gives to Anna, her thoughts and her speech are to be commended.

    A must-buy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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    "Anna Karenina"

    Tolstoy seems to know my emotions even better than I do in portraying the complexities of human relationships. That this story still rings true despite its age shows the quality of the writing and the insign into human nature Tolstoy had.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    Gloucester, United Kingdom
    6/22/11
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    "Beautifully written"

    Beautiful language, as I would expect from a classic masterpiece. Hidden, depth to the whole story. Narrator could have been more engaging, but the story was beautiful.

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