Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy audiobook

Anna Karenina

By Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Louise Maude and Aylmer Maude
Read by Wanda McCaddon

33.63 Hours 09/06/2012 Unabridged
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Sensual, rebellious Anna falls deeply and passionately in love with the handsome Count Vronsky. When she refuses to conduct the discreet affair that her cold, ambitious husband—and Russian high society—would condone, she is doomed. Set against the tragic love of Anna and Vronsky, the plight of the melancholy nobleman Konstantine Levin unfolds. In doubt about the meaning of life—a mirror of Tolstoy’s own spiritual crisis—Konstantine is haunted by thoughts of suicide. Through these and other characters, Tolstoy weaves a vast and rich tapestry of nineteenth-century Russian society. A magnificent drama of vengeance, infidelity, and retribution, Anna Karenina tells the story of two characters whose emotional instincts conflict with the dominant social mores of their time. Artwork © 2012 Focus Features LLC. All rights reserved.

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Summary

Summary

An Oprah’s Book Club Selection

An Entertainment Weekly Pick of Tragic Love Stories to Read after “Seeing Me Before You”

A Paris Review Selection of Anti-Beach Read Recommendations

Sensual, rebellious Anna falls deeply and passionately in love with the handsome Count Vronsky. When she refuses to conduct the discreet affair that her cold, ambitious husband—and Russian high society—would condone, she is doomed. Set against the tragic love of Anna and Vronsky, the plight of the melancholy nobleman Konstantine Levin unfolds. In doubt about the meaning of life—a mirror of Tolstoy’s own spiritual crisis—Konstantine is haunted by thoughts of suicide. Through these and other characters, Tolstoy weaves a vast and rich tapestry of nineteenth-century Russian society.

A magnificent drama of vengeance, infidelity, and retribution, Anna Karenina tells the story of two characters whose emotional instincts conflict with the dominant social mores of their time.

Artwork © 2012 Focus Features LLC. All rights reserved.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The daunting elements of classic literature that might discourage a timid reader become irrelevant, thanks to a skilled narrator…Wanda McCaddon makes this literary cornerstone downright enjoyable. It’s not that she turns herself into every character or offers over-the-top drama. Instead, it is her consistency and sensitivity to the author’s tone that make this a wonderful listen. Her familiarity with the text and understanding of its nuances illuminate the work, making what might have seemed lofty, absolutely lively.” AudioFile
“Flawless as a work of art.” Fyodor Dostoevsky
“For years, I made a point of rereading Anna Karenina every summer. I am still bowled over by its freshness and its immediacy.” Anne Tyler, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author
“A sexy and engrossing read, this book tells the tale of one of the most enthralling love affairs in the history of literature.” Oprah.com
“Definitely one ripping great read.” Amazon.com
“Considered one of the pinnacles of world literature.” Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature
“In grandeur as is pathos, in the sweep of it as in the touching detail, it moves me now…just as it moved me long ago.” Jan Morris, Welsh historian and author

Reviews

Reviews

by Bertie Wooster 9/13/2017
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Quotidian and Titanic

For those of us who have been put off by Tolstoy’s reputation as Great Novelist, this book is a revelation. Great Novelists, we learn, are not always Serious or Glum Novelists. Along with the serious themes and sad outcomes, there is a great deal here to smile and even laugh at. As a consequence, it’s one of those books you inhabit and are able to move around in. You really like Levin. For all his philandering, you like Oblonsky. For all his mental rigidity and blue veins, you can empathize with Karenin. And most importantly, you see the fundamental good in Anna, which makes her slide all the more painful.

I’ve never read or heard a novel that was so true to life as this one. It is filled with the quotidian, the pleasant and displeasing, the funny and irritating details of life as well as the great moments of transgression, renunciation, suffering and joy. The near-overload of the former helps make the latter more convincing and real.

And if nothing else, the conversation between Levin and his dog is worth the price of admission.

One warning: if you’re intrigued by the blurb from Oprah.com calling this book “sexy”, please don’t hit “Purchase”. That appraisal was the act of an idiot, full of self-absorption, signifying nothing but the state of pop culture, which seeks to interpret everything greater than ourselves—and I defy you to find a work of art greater than this one—through the lens of mere appetite.

As far as the quality of the production, several annoying repetitions make a long book even longer. And I suspect that, because it couldn’t have been recorded in one sitting and maybe even not in a single studio, there are many
places where the room tone of the recording alters, as does May’s voice, making her sound for a few lines, or even a whole paragraph, like someone completely different.

But these are minor flaws in a near-perfect performance.
by Lauren M 9/13/2017
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Classic

The book is a classic for a reason - the writing, the storyline, the historical setting, the characters' - all amazing. The novel is sweeping and bigger than life but still somehow relatable. The narration by Wanda McCaddon was a perfect fit and really enjoyable. Her light style and pacing keep the book from dragging too much and feeling too serious - impressive with a novel of this length. You get a sense that Tolstoy had a sense of humor - or at least McCaddon gives him one through the real and thoroughly flawed characters she speaks as. If you’ve been meaning to read Anna Karenina for years, like me, this audio version is a great choice.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 33.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English