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- Listening Length: 38 hours and 5 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
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- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 20 Feb. 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ1WS8
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Anna Karenina the novel, is absolutely brilliant, it holds you from the beginning, all the way throuh to the end. Taking us through such things as hypocrisy and jealousy, it takes us into a family and keeps us rooted in all the problems that it faces. If you have never read this before then now is definitely the time, if you have already read it, surely it is about time you read it again.
So remember, although this isn't the most accurate translation on the market, this is free and is easily readable, plus it does keep to the story, also the biggest complaints about her accuracy usually fall on her translations of Dostoevsky more than any other author.
I'll keep this review quite short, as there are plenty of others detailing just why this is regarded as one of the all-time great novels.
As this was my first experience of reading Tolstoy, I had been slightly daunted by the literary (and literal!) weight of this novel. Happily, I found that "Anna Karenina" was instantly accessible, in terms of both narrative and style.
The story is a classic tale of a tragic love affair between the beautiful, highly-strung Anna - one of the most complex and authentic portrayals of female psychology in literature - and the passionate, ambitious Count Vronsky; two people whose intense, complicated loves are not enough to prevail over personal misunderstandings and setbacks from Russian high society. Their story is set into relief by the story of Levin, a landowner struggling with his meditations on life, love, work, religion...All of this Tolstoy deals with insightfully and with an engaging wit. The parallel stories were equally absorbing, and the tragedy of the eponymous heroine particularly moving. I believed absolutely in each of the main characters (perhaps with the exception of Kitty, the object of Levin's affection), whose virtues, vices and internal reflections are described with remarkable depth and empathy. My only criticism is that the last section is something of an anticlimax to an otherwise captivating read.
I can't comment on the comparative merits of this version, as it is the only one I have read, but I found it very fluid and bright, and I will certainly choose Pevear and Volokhonsky's translation of "War and Peace" when I get round to reading it.
- Leo Tolstoy "Anna Karenina"
Anna Karenina is a beautifully written novel about three families: the Oblonskys, the Levins, and the Karenins. The first line (one of the most famous in literature) hints at Tolstoy's own views about happy and unhappy marriages having these same three families also represent three very different societal and physical locations in Russia in addition to distinctly different views on love, loyalty, fidelity, happiness and marital bliss.
Tolstoy seems to stress that `trusting companionships" are more durable and filled with happiness versus "romantic passion" that bursts with flames and then slowly; leaves ashes rather than a firm, solid foundation to build upon.
It is like reading a soap opera with all of its twists and turns where the observer is allowed to enter into the homes, the minds and the spirits of its main characters. The moral compass in the book belongs to Levin whose life and courtship of Kitty mirrors much of Leo Tolstoy's own courtship of his wife Sophia. Levin's personality and spiritual quest is Tolstoy's veiled attempt at bringing to life his own spiritual peaks and valleys and the self doubts that plagued him his entire life despite his happy family life and the fact that he too found love in his life and a committed durable marriage. At the other end of the spectrum is Anna, who also because of her individual choices and circumstances, falls into despair.
It is clear that Tolstoy wants the reader to come away with many messages about the sanctity of marriage, love and family life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Since I’ve just spent too long reading this huge book, I’ll leave my review as short as possible.
Lengthy classic whose 817 small font pages can be summarised as “Young... Read more
I can't comment on this edition directly as I read a different edition but I have tried to read this novel. Similar to other comments, it is slow, tedious and long winded. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Di
I enjoyed this book. Although long winded at times the plot is engaging enough to keep you interested. I liked the principal characters, particularly Anna who had many flaws. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Susan D.
Not read yet but I'm sure I will one day when I find the time. Thank youPublished 2 months ago by hotlips
Huge scale novel with big characters and scenery from a bygone era.
Intense personally development. Levin compared to Anna is the crux of the story.
I would highly recommend Anna Karenina as a book, and think this particular clothbound Penguin is quite nice. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Celia