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Anna Karenina Audio Download – Unabridged

4.1 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 38 hours and 5 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 20 Feb. 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SQ1WS8
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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By A Customer on 29 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I had reached the 4th CD in this audiobook and all the time I had a nagging doubt that I was missing something. So I went on-line to do some research to find a text for this book.
I find to my disappointment that the audiobook supplied is less than 30% of the actual book and yet nowhere did Amazon say that the audiobook is an abridged version.
If you love classic original literature don't bother with this audiobook.
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Possibly the wooden translation didn't help, nor the feeling that several different people had translated it,e.g. The change from roubles to pounds half way through.There were several very odd uses of ordinary English phrases, idioms and sayings which were inappropriate and stilted.
I was overwhelmed by a feeling that nothing has changed in Russia, something I found on reading a biography of Pushkin.
I have always found 'War and Peace' difficult to enjoy in any sense, so perhaps it's just that I don't like Tolstoy or the people he writes about. They seem to be mostly self-obsessed hysterics who feel that thinking 'great thoughts' about 'great subjects' is more important than really living a responsible life, looking after your family and not living beyond your means so that your unpaid bills reduce some poor tradesman to poverty. They are extremely emotionaly immature and seem unable to empathise with anyone at all.
Probably won't read it again. Though if I found a better translation I might enjoy it more.
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This is in essence a love story, or rather a combination of love stories set in late 19th Century Russia. It touches on certain political and social issues and problems appropriate to that age and setting but Tolstoy does ramble on quite a bit on matters that really do not add anything menaingful to the storyline.
It may well be that something has been lost in the translation into English but there are many passages that seem to lack coherence. As the story unfolds Tolstoy tends to include more and more sentences and phrases in French in direct speech passages. This may have been a habit of the Russian aristocracy to confound their domestic staff, but I found it incredibly irritating as it ruins the flow of the narrative when I have to consult Google translate to get an idea of what is being said.
As far as the Kindle version is concerned there are numerous instances of bad layout with sentences broken mid-line with perhaps just one word on the next line and the remainders of the sentence next line down. Perhaps I am too fussy in my old age, but it would not be acceptable in a printed book so I do not see why we should accept it in an electronice version.
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I downloaded two copies of this, a story I had aspired to read for years. Wonderful word pictures. Interesting characters. And I haven't seen the film. Neither have I finished the book, although I intend to.
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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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I really liked this book. I love the description, the characters and how they are intertwined. I really felt the relationship between vronsky and Anna and could feel the tension and stress rising. I found the end to this book a bit disappointing, I couldn't see how it was a proper ending for the story really. However a great book would recommend
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How can you possibly rate a classic?
I first read this as a teenager and have re-read it many times since. This particular edition is one of the better ones with a very easy to read translation which is probably the only good advice I can give here other than to say, forget shades of whatever, if you want passion, read Anna Karenina.
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