Translation © 2003 by Ann Pasternak Slater.
(P)2007 Recorded Books
I've already listened to it twice. Of course, the book itself is wonderful, but Mr Guidall's narration is truly a performance. He handles the difficult Russian names with grace (and perfect pronunciation) and does a tremendous job of giving each character a distinct, recognizable voice.
Ivan himself -- such an interesting study of the end of a life.
The problem and the reason for one star is not with the book nor with the excellent reading. I just did not find this book fulfilling in the audio edition. I have tried to figure out why and have concluded that some literature is best left on the page (for me at least). I enjoy the classics and enjoy seeing the prose - I suppose. I may try an audio version of Swann's Way to test this theory, but it was written for the page and I enjoy it in that form. I do willingly listen to the New and Old Testaments without the same effect.
Anyone interested in Tolstoy, do not be discouraged from listening to this classic or another. The audio vertsion was just not suited to my frame of mind I suppose.
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