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Anna Karenina

By: Leo Tolstoy
Narrated by: David Horovitch
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Summary

Like so many of the most popular classic novels, it's Tolstoy's delicate and insightful exploration of what it means to be human that makes Anna Karenina such a valuable work. There's no denying that it transcends time to touch the hearts of contemporary listeners.

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.

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A gem

By all admissions, this is a long book and can be daunting. However, Horovitch's gravelly voice and his obvious emotional involvement with the text makes it extremely enjoyable. I walk around with it on my ipod and find myself smiling at certain scenes and at the subtle understanding of human nature which Tolstoy masters so well and with such wry humour. I am really loving it.

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Anna Karenina

I tried to read this book many years ago and gave up (found names were daunting) so when I saw this in the sale thought I would give it another try. I am so glad I did. The narrator makes it come alive. The story is so gripping that I actually waited outside a customers premises after a long drive, just to find out what happened. Well worth the money and I have no hesitation in recommending this book.

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Definitive reading of Anna Karenina

A masterly reading with never a lapse in concentration. The joys and sorrows of this wonderful tale are superbly conveyed so that Tolstoy's ideas are effortlessly understood. I cannot recommend David Horovitch too highly and I would read anything that he had narrated.

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Anna Karenina

Beautifully read. Like the other reviewers I can highly recommend this audiobook. I notice it is a 'cover to cover'edition.

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Superb!

I've been consistently impressed with the narrators I've heard on Audible, but David Horovitch's performance in Anna Karenina is a masterclass. His pacing and voicing is perfect, and each character is brought wonderfully to life. The novel itself is without doubt brilliant, and undoubtably a classic, but I've always found it quite intimidating to take on but I would thoroughly recommend this production of it.

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Anna Karenina

This is a book I've always wanted to read but have found a bit daunting. I love the detail of Tolstoy's writing which is brilliantly brought to life by David Horovitch. I recommend this.

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Tolstoy readable

What did you like most about Anna Karenina?

The depiction of pre-revolutionary Russia

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The description of the harvest

Any additional comments?

This is a long slow book and needs to be read at leisure. The narration is excellent, the different characters distinguishable. I read it on paper years ago and have been glad to re-visit it.

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Tragic, beautiful, politically interesting...

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" - memorable start to Anna Karenina.



Listening to Anna Karenina was a serious commitment - evidence that audiobooks have captured me! I can now read (listen to) the books I've previously glossed over because making THAT time commitment competes with too many other reading tasks. Listening can be done in so many other places and at so many other times...



Anna Karenina is far more serious a contribution than the enjoyable, beautifully staged and highly stylised film.



The book is beautifully written, insightful and analytic of class, gender, and political economy. A tragic long drawn out story with numerous side issues and debates concerning love, desire, faith, bureaucracy, agrarian reform, philosophy, redolent of the time. Terrific narration.



Wonderful experience requiring a degree of persistence and stamina (nearly 40 hours!) but well worth it!

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Brilliant story, beautifully read

Would you consider the audio edition of Anna Karenina to be better than the print version?

Not better, just different. Both excellent.

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

Hard to say, loved the descriptions of the different characters, and their ways of life.

Have you listened to any of David Horovitch’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not previously heard David readings. I think he reads beautifully.

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

Much more cry than laugh!

Any additional comments?

A wonderful story, beautifully told.

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Anna Karenina yet again

I've read this book several times over the years, but listening to the Audible version over the last few weeks has really brought it to life again. The tragedy and inevitability of the story still has the power to haunt, I haven't seen the new film version yet, but that will be on the to-do list having refreshed the story for myself with the audio version.

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