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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Classic Collection; MP3 Una edition (20 Jan. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491537701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491537701
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,440,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Count Leo Tolstoy was born in 1828 on the family estate of Yasnaya Polyana, in the Tula province, where he spent most of his early years, together with his several brothers. In 1844 he entered the University of Kazan to read Oriental Languages and later Law, but left before completing a degree. He spent the following years in a round of drinking, gambling and womanizing, until weary of his idle existence he joined an artillery regiment in the Caucasus in 1851.

He took part in the Crimean war and after the defence of Sevastopol wrote The Sevastopol Sketches (1855-6), which established his literary reputation. After leaving the army in 1856 Tolstoy spent some time mixing with the literati in St Petersburg before travelling abroad and then settling at Yasnaya Polyana, where he involved himself in the running of peasant schools and the emancipation of the serfs. His marriage to Sofya Andreyevna Behrs in 1862 marked the beginning of a period of contentment centred around family life; they had thirteen children. Tolstoy managed his vast estates, continued his educational projects, cared for his peasants and wrote both his great novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877).

During the 1870s he underwent a spiritual crisis, the moral and religious ideas that had always dogged him coming to the fore. A Confession (1879-82) marked an outward change in his life and works; he became an extreme rationalist and moralist, and in a series of pamphlets written after 1880 he rejected church and state, indicted the demands of flesh, and denounced private property. His teachings earned him numerous followers in Russia and abroad, and also led finally to his excommunication by the Russian Holy Synod in 1901. In 1910 at the age of eighty-two he fled from home 'leaving this worldly life in order to live out my last days in peace and solitude'; dying some days later at the station master's house at Astapovo.


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Yes, it's expensive, but would you expect to pay less for a 41-hour audio of the world's greatest love story? Dostoevsky called it a flawless masterpiece. There's a five-hour abridged version with music for £16.99, read with heartrending passion by Laura Paton, but it's essentially a taster. Don't settle for less than all eight courses. --Sue Arnold, The Guardian

Tolstoy's magnificent panoramic novel Anna Karenina is a daunting listening proposition. Bear in mind that it was written as a serial, published in monthly installments over four years, and download it to take in regular doses (walking the dog or on your commute to and from work). Kate Lock rises to the challenge of this marathon of narration nobly, skilfully reflecting in voice the development of the initially air-headed Kitty and the clumsy, obtuse Levin, and their realisation, from the terrible outcome of the affair between Anna and Vronsky, that happiness cannot be built on another's pain. It is worth downloading a character list to help you to sort out the names of the enormous cast. --Christina Hardyment, The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Leo Tolstoy was a Russian novelist and moral philosopher noted for his ideas of nonviolent resistance. His diary reveals an incessant pursuit of a morally justified life. He was known for his generosity to the peasants. His best known novels are ''War and Peace'' (1869), which Tolstoy regarded as an epic rather than a novel, and ''Anna Karenina'' (1877). His work was admired in his time by Dostoyevsky, Checkov, Turgenev, and Flaubert, and later by Virginia Woolf and James Joyce. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee Davis on 11 Feb. 2014
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Have read this book a long time ago, and never came across it again.
Now with my new gifts from good friends, the Paperwhite kindle I have found this book on amazon
and startet to read it yesterday.

This Kimdle has opened a new world to me, and its lit up so no strainingmy eyes.

Love it all. Thanks amazon, Lee
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 May 2010
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With part of the proceeds of this novel, and the others in this series you are helping to support fighting AIDs and trying to eliminate it in Africa. So you can read one of the world's greatest masterpieces and support a charity at the same time.

Anna Karenina was originaly slated by critics in Russia when it first appeared, but since then has gone on to be acknowledged for the masterpiece it is, indeed some cite this as the perfect novel. Funnily enough I have only met one other person who has read this book, he was an English teacher that I met at a money raising event and he was enthusing greatly on this. I have personally read it many times and it always enthralls me, and I hope that if you read it you will feel the same. Admittedly it is quite a big story but the basic plot is about a love affair. To give anything more than this away would really spoil it for anyone coming to it for the first time. Taking in love, passion, double standards and hypocrisy this novel firmly sets itself in its time by Tolstoy including things that were of concern to the people then living, but despite that this is a story for all time and is ageless.

This can be considered as a crossover between realism and modernism in the novel, as well as incorporating stream of conciousness, and for that alone it would be considered important, but with its great storyline it transcends such things, that really are only of interest for those who study literature.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By pex on 11 Oct. 2012
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I ordered this hard back edtion as a birthday treat for myself. It has been many years since I read Anna Karenina and I wanted a book to treasure and re-read in the future. I am very dissapointed with the clumsy translation and the abundance of typos on small words. When finished this edition is heading for the charity shop.
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I really enjoyed reading Anna Karenina, I was recommended it by my husband's father, and I'm pleased I read it. I found it quite heavy reading early on, but about 1/3 of the way in it all started to come together. I enjoyed the intricate detail in which you 'got to know' characters, it felt quite different to more modern books, which was refreshing.
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By Spiderweb on 13 May 2014
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The translation is a little quirky at times, and the Russian names take some keeping up with, but overall, a good read.
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Been meaning to read for this years. So glad I finally got round to it. Thoroughly enjoyable :) Fab read
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By sandra on 7 April 2014
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I really like it and I found it very useful for my personal interests in literature. It comes as it is described, so very satisfactory.
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Decided to re-read this after the rather odd latest screen adaptation. Screen adaptations of the novel are always rather marred by the casting of a femme fatale actress as Anna whereas Tolstoy is at some pains to point out that Anna though far from plain is not _that_ attractive. Adaptations also short circuit the theme of the book by derogating it to a simple love triangle when it is a skilfully woven tale of considerable depth focusing on the plight of an intelligent, passionate woman caught in the wrong society at the wrong time. I prefer it to War and Peace as that work by its very nature has a tendency to ramble a little, dealing with so many characters playing out their fictional lives across a huge geographical and historical panorama of actual events. Anna Karenina is altogether more focused, rounded and satisfying.
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