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Anna Karenina Audiobook

Anna Karenina

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Davina Porter's performance of Tolstoy's dauntingly long and involved world classic makes one feel grateful not to have to make this difficult literary journey alone. Porter's voice is pleasant, expressive and versatile; her Russian pronunciations impressive; and her understanding of the work excellent. In an unhurried and confident fashion, Porter reveals the twisting social and personal tensions that ensnare a very mortal married woman who falls into illicit love. Porter's interpretation gives a warmth and consistency to this demanding novel which silent readers would be hard-pressed to approach, let alone duplicate. This is an outstanding example of performance literature.

Publisher's Summary

Tolstoy's masterpiece begins, "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

This is the story of the unhappy family of Anna Karenina. The novel contains much concerning Tolstoy's spiritual crisis and his search for the meaning of life. But it is also chiefly about marriage, and the growth and death of love.

The touching picture of Anna Aarkadyevna Karenina's slow disintegration has fascinated readers for well over a century. Beautiful and charming, Anna lives in a splendid world of her own making. She smokes, rides horseback, plays tennis, takes opium, practices birth control, and (although she is already married) falls in love with a handsome army officer.

Anna's life is played out against a backdrop of dazzling balls and the vastness of Russia's landscape. It is a magnificent story that shimmers with the intensity of intelligence and passion, especially through this superb narration by Davina Porter.

(P)1990 by Recorded Books, LLC; First published in 1878.

What the Critics Say

"Porter reads magnificently." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Anonymous 09-28-17
    09-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    Magnificent performance by the narrator. Thank you. I never would have read it otherwise. It's a fascinating book

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    okyerebea 04-15-16
    okyerebea 04-15-16
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    "Overall a good story"

    The narrator was excellent. The story can be a bit slow and the author tends to ramble, particularly towards the end. But overall it was enjoyable.

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    Veechee 02-11-16
    Veechee 02-11-16
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    "thank god its over"

    These were perhaps the most irritating characters in alll of history. I made it through the whole damn thing only because of the excellent naration .

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    Amazon Customer 08-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Can't Put it Down!"

    I am reading and listening and can't get enough of Anna Karenina ! Davina Porter's reading is excellent. This is the first Tolstoy I have tried and I know why it is a classic.

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    Ann 07-31-15
    Ann 07-31-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Fabulous rendition of a great classic"

    Wonderful experience re-"reading" this classic as a listener with Audible's all-time best narrator, Davina Porter.

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    trixie01 03-25-15
    trixie01 03-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Listened to this four times, never will tire of it"
    Would you listen to Anna Karenina again? Why?

    Yes I will listen to it again and again. The book itself draws the listener to the story with it being one of the top 5 classics. And when it is read, it comes to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Levin, always Levin. He tries to figure things out, he is spiritual without realizing it. He is generous, faithful, evolving.


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think her best characterizations are of Anna and Kitty. When she reads, these women become very real.


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

    My extreme reaction is that I am addicted to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Mr. Tolstoy for the gift of this novel.

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    Richard M. Duffy 03-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the greatest works of literature"

    Maybe the greatest of literary masterpieces, it touches on all the existential issues of life, as timely today as in 19th century Russia. Superbly performed the audio experience is a great compliment to the written one.

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    Lisa Sparks Miami, FL 02-05-15
    Lisa Sparks Miami, FL 02-05-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Davina Porter!"

    Amazing voice. Perfect for this Tolstoy classic! Porter took me to Russia and gave me access to this tragic tale.

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    THOMAS KARSON 02-01-15
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    "A treasure!"
    Where does Anna Karenina rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #1 This reading is a world treasure of a world treasure.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anna Karenina?

    The book is titled Anna Karenina, but it's central character is Levin... listen.. and seek your place in the world.


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    Metadeco 05-28-14
    Metadeco 05-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "It's the Garnett translation, but K&B update?"
    What made the experience of listening to Anna Karenina the most enjoyable?

    Davina Porter did an excellent job.


    Any additional comments?

    Tried like crazy to find out which translation this was before downloading, but I could not. The initial audible.com statement that starts off the recording identified the translator as Constance Garnett. However, I have several text versions of the 1901 Garnett translation (which is in the public domain), and this is radically different. it's hard to find an identical sentence. This is much less awkward, and yet richer, more detailed, more accessible, more sparkling in its language. This leads me to believe that it's the Kent & Berberova update of Garnett, which is one of the most often recommended translations. Even if not the K & B update, I consider it a very good edited version of the Garnett translation.

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  • Steve
    Doncaster, United Kingdom
    1/26/06
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    "The Greatest Novel Ever Written ?"

    Tolstoy creates a world of complex characters whom one gets to know and understand and with whom one develops great empathy as the events unfold. The analysis of chatacters' motivation is supreme as Tolstoy demonstates enormous insights into the dilemmas they face as they seek happiness and meaning in their lives. Some fail, some achieve a measure of success, some deceive themselves, some aim low, some aim high.
    This book is deeply moving because of its sympathy with humanity.
    It is so well written that you cannot put it down but it demands time and concentration.
    It is the greatest novel that I have ever read.
    If you read only one novel in your life, read Anna Karenina!
    Davina Porter judges her reading beautifully

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  • Mirium
    SAFFRON WALDEN, Essex, United Kingdom
    1/31/08
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    "What a treat!"

    I first read this many years ago, at the age of 19, and was probably too young for it. I was only interested in what I saw as the high romance of Anna's love affair, and am ashamed to say I skipped most of Levin's philosophising, which I dismissed as boring. The good thing about an audio book is that it's difficult to skip bits, so you listen to it all - and I loved all 36-plus hours of it! This time round, I realised that Anna was silly, thoughtless and selfish, and found myself much more interested in Levin's story: yes, all the details about agriculture and local politics that I'd found so tedious before. It was beautifully read, too.
    Nice to think that at last I am old enough for Tolstoy!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    BirminghamUnited Kingdom
    7/30/07
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    "Who can resist?"

    Who can resist Tolstoy? From his famous opening sentence, he sweeps us into a world, different from our own, but full of human beings that we recognise immediately. They grapple with the complexities of their own lives. they talk to themseves, kick themselves mentally, delude themselves and swing from optimism to pessimism in ways that engage our sympathies at once.
    The energy of Tolstoy's writing is amazing. In the first day of the story, all the main characters (except Anna) appear.They are new to us, but they seem to have been living their lives long before we meet them. Oblonsky, his wife Dolly, her sister Kitty, friend Levin and stranger Vronsky, are all at turning points in their lives. Oblonsky grapples with his wife's knowledge of his infidelity,Dolly contemplates leaving her husband, Levin proposes, Kitty rejects him and Vronsky pursues Kitty. Anna arrives on the next day, to be a catalyst in all their stories and to be compelled towards her own destruction.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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