Anna Karenina published in serial installments from 1873 to 1877 is a novel by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy,
It tells of the love affair between Anna and Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Russia, faith is challenged, bonds are broken, love dies and is reborn.
Leo Tolstoy, or Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy 1828 - 1910), was a Russian writer and is regarded as among the greatest of novelists.
Translated by Constance Garnett from the Russian in 1901.
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.
There is something about it
This novel is one of my all time favourite novels and deserves the place that it has in the world of literature. There is something about this audiobook, however, which just makes it boring. I have an excellent version of this book read by Juliet Stevenson on cassette that I have yet to update which is an engaging and entertaining read. This version though is a little bit of hard work. I am on my second attempt to listen to it now and the motivation is just not there to give it a really good listen to as I have with other audiobooks. The temptation is to turn it off and listen to another audiobook which is a great shame for something which is such a brilliant story. Furthermore, I purchased this when it was 95p which I have to say is excellent and can't really be argued with no matter what is wrong with. At the time of writing this review it is listed as £8.95 and I certainly would say that it is not worth that price.
Great voice, timing and intonation. It really makes this a pleasurable audiobook.
I listen to audiobooks almost every day and this is simply the best read I've ever encountered. Fantastic, subtle characterisation and a voice that is relaxing but holds your attention. Simply PERFECT.