- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 33 hours and 34 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: September 18, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009D4YQAY
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had forgotten how depressing Russian novels can be. I remember having the same feeling 40 years ago, but thought I'd try it again.Published 12 days ago by janemccoy
One of the slowest reads ever.....and I read a lot. There seemed to be no point to this book, the ending was abrupt and not in keeping with the story. A waste of timePublished 5 months ago by Teresa Haugen
An amazing read! It brings the old Russia to life in a riveting way. Tolstoy's insight into the inner life of the characters is compassionate and profound.Published 5 months ago by b.gopinath
I just love this story, it has its surprises, disappointments, hopes, romance, dark sides, but all together, was fabulous.Published 8 months ago by Carol
Long read - tedious in some places, but all in all a good read.Published 10 months ago by Christine Sabin
Every family truly is unhappy in their own way, and Tolstoy's novel covers all the facets of human interaction with such breadth of scope. Read morePublished 11 months ago by JeriWB