Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 35 hours and 35 minutes
Author Leo Tolstoy
Narrator Maggie Gyllenhaal
Whispersync for Voice Ready
Audible.com Release Date July 12, 2016
Publisher Audible Studios
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B01FN887G2
Best Sellers Rank #17,010 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#468 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#873 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,171 in Historical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)

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Reviewed in the United States on March 19, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE MASTERPIECE
By Jordan B. on March 19, 2020
First and foremost, the novel is beautiful in it's appearance. I purchased the paperback Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition by Pevear and Volokhonsky. The book has a stunning cover with a dust jacket and deckle edge, all of which make the book that much more expensive and beautiful. My pictures definitely don't do it justice, but I've included a few for reference.

WARNING: save the introduction until after you complete the novel to avoid spoilers. It contains a few important plot details concerning the fates of several characters. That being said, the introduction is a beautifully written insight into Tolstoy's journey to write Anna Karenina, including the influences from his real life that inspired many of the novel's characters and events.

"All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." WOW! The first sentence alone is so masterfully written that you know you're in for an incredible journey.

This translation by Pevear and Volokhonsky is beautifully written in such a way that the text is readable (and doesn't come across as being outdated) but maintains the author's authentic voice without any commentary on the part of the translators. Additionally, the translators included an especially helpful character list detailing the names and familial relations of the main characters as well as a section of notes that explain specific plot details regarding Russian society and history.

I tried to pace myself through the book, originally committing to only about 50 pages per night before bed. But when I started reading I couldn't stop, I was so enraptured by the novel that I couldn't put it down, and read all 800+ pages in less than a week. This story is truly timeless. My only complaint (if you can even call it that) is that I expected more closure...maybe a more complete picture regarding the characters' lives (particularly Vronsky and Karenin) outside of their relationships with Anna. However, those uncertainties amplify the tragic elements and provide a sense of realism. An incredible addition to my bookcase.
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Poppy
3.0 out of 5 stars Penguin Clothbound Edition
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 16, 2020
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3.0 out of 5 stars Penguin Clothbound Edition
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 16, 2020
Please note, I will not be reviewing the substance of Tolstoy’s work, merely the quality of this copy. If you want comprehensive reviews of books go to GoodReads, not amazon.

This book aesthetically is extremely pleasant. I had been reading the book prior on my phone and because I was enjoying it so must decided to invest in a physical copy. The text is rather small but this is most likely due to the fact it is an extremely dense novel. However, personally I do not like the translation as I think they have really taken away from the charm of Tolstoy’s writing. See this sentence that struck me for comparison:
This book - “Her face glowed with a bright glow; but this glow was not happy - it was like the terrible glow of a fire on a dark night”
My online version - “Her face was brilliant and glowing; but this glow was not one of brightness, it suggested the fearful glow of a conflagration in the midst of a dark night”
Personally I much prefer the latter as it is more visually rich, and therefore I actually would not recommend this book other than for the fact it’s cover looks nice. If you wish to have the language dulled down so as to make for a somewhat quicker read, then perhaps this version would best suit you.
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Caroline
3.0 out of 5 stars Russian classic, but heavens it's dense
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 6, 2022
Pet
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious and boring, has not stood the test of time
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 8, 2020
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Woolco
4.0 out of 5 stars Intimate Epic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 5, 2015
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Luke Dennison
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 29, 2021
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