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Anna Karenina Audible – Unabridged

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Format: Paperback
I started reading this book as a challenge to myself...and found myself getting completely caught up in its fascinating characters and fast-moving plotlines. The story is timeless (although a background in 19th century Russian history would have made some of the political themes and the social pressures felt by the characters more meaningful to me). Its so easy to be captivated by the characters. At times they are so flawed and so disillusioned that you want to jump inside the pages and kick some sense into them! But this was a wonderful novel--don't be frightened by its length!!
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Format: Hardcover
In 2004 CRW released an abridged version of Anna Karenina in the Collector's library -a collection of very small well-made hardbacks. Most of their offerings in the collection are unabridged but there was the occasional title which would seem to be too large for the small 4x6 format. At some point they decided to go ahead and publish longer works uncut and nice fat little volumes of some of Dickens' novels appeared. Later an entire Don Quixote appeared but with a smaller print than other books in the collection.

This year (2010), to my delight, they decided to re-release Anna Karenina unabridged in honor of the 100th anniversary of Tolstoy's death. It's a nice thick little volume. I am happy they decided to go with the standard sized print.

The translation is the Maude. If you're going to buy the Maude and not a newer translation, this is THE edition to get. It has a cloth cover, ribbon marker, gilded page edges and a sturdy sewn binding. It's a very well made book that is smaller than the cheapo paperbacks. I was contemplating buying an Everyman's Library edition until I learned they were coming out with it in this collection.

Small is definitely beautiful.
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Tolstoy - the Master Story Teller

Not having studied literature at the university level, I feel under qualified to review a book by L. Tolstoy. But as an avid reader I thoroughly enjoyed this book. His rich character development allows you to place yourself within his stories. You meet the type of people he describes in every day life in today's world. I suspect the author had a high IQ given his tremendous insight into people and politics. His writing was exactly in line with Russia's political trajectory and predicts their disastrous experiment with communism. I found War and Peace a slightly more engaging book (and much longer!) possibly because of a fascination with war and politics. Anna Karenina is a grand work by a master writer!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Anna Karenina was wonderful, an automatic page turner, I couldn't put the book down! This book goes deep into people's emotions, needs and desires. This book was very long but is still a good read that tells a story of love and courage, it gets the reader wondering what will come of everyones lives, what will happen next?Tolstoy is a phenomenal writer and just knows how to use ordinary events and characters to examine war, religion, feminism and any other things. His work is very characterized by a not so complicated style of writing and his work has deep insight into human nature. If you Like The Scarlet Letter, You'll Love Anna Karenina even more.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book made me rethink how I look at relationships, and I have had 100% healthier ones since reading it. Tolstoy is so good at showing how miscommunication happens without anyone realizing it and eventually destroy people.
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Format: Paperback
I have been reading this for the group read, but this month I just kept reading through to the end. Tolstoy's works are famously long, but they are also very interesting - and this book surprised me with its Christian message. Ostensibly following Anna Karenina through the death of her marriage, a doomed love affair and her eventual demise, this book could equally be named for Levin, a character that seems to be based largely on Tolstoy. In Levin we see a struggle to lead a life of compasion and quiet morality informed by his Christian faith, whilst in Anna we see the terrible consequences hypocrisy in society as it publically condemns her love affair but privately winks at it.

And whilst we feel for Anna and her husband and her lover, and her son - we see greater aprobation for the chattering classes of the hypocritical society. This is a wonderful work because it brings out so much that is hidden beneath a veneer of respectability. It is also wonderful for its characterisations - especially of a certain hunting dog!

All in all I was very glad I read this book. It has led me to understand Tolstoy's Christian Anarchism better too, and the ideas in the book are engaging, challenging, forward thinking for their time and often just so right!
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I originally wanted this version b/c it was "enhanced". Which meant 3 or 4 pictures scattered throughout the book. The payoff was that there were 4 or 5 chapters that were duplicated. i.e. Chapter 133 is a repeat of chapter 132 with the real text of chapter 133 missing. I should have given up earlier and downloaded a version from Gutenberg.
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I thoroughly enjoyed rereading (after maybe 50 years!) this fascinating and beautifully written novel . A great depiction of the Russian society of aristocrats and peasants at he time. A novel that can be read over and over again.
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