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  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Judy Franklin
  • Length: 35 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (98 ratings)

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Anna Karenina

By: Leo Tolstoy
Narrated by: Judy Franklin
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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.

Public Domain (P)2009 RNIB

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Grand scale narration

Judy Franklin's narration is almost faultless - no mean feat with a book of nearly 1000 pages! On occasions it is somewhat dry, but does that show her fidelity to Tolstoy? Anna Karenina is indubitably a supreme work of literature.

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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!

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A story brought to life.

Having to continually pause reading the paper book. Listening to this is finally allowing me to follow the story. The narrator brings the story to life and characters personalities shine through.
Only slight complaint, occasional slight echo to the recording.

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Long but satisfying

Slightly old fashioned narration style but good differentiation between the characters. Good for long journeys.

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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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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.

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getting boring at the end

a grand story with many side stories, interesting a long way. But got boring at the end where it was very repetitive and I didn't care much for the philosophical discussions it ended with

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unprofessional reader

This reader could have been enjoyable because her expression and characterisation is good
However, she keeps running away with herself and tripping over words, or losing the meaning because she doesn't anticipate what is coming next.
Every now and again you can hear her turning over the page, or just rustling paper...
All these things have become unbearable and half-way through the book I am going to look for another reader.

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Really - the greatest love story?

I kept going just to get to the end...which was very disappointing as it turns out. Performance was pretty amazing given the use of language, English, French and Russian. It’s a tick in a box I might give War and Peace ago but not just yet..,,

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