Winner: Audible's Best of 2016 - Classic
"Anna Karenina is one of my favorite books. But when I agreed to read it for Audible, I had no idea how much work it would be, how intense it would be, and how deeply I would fall in love with it. There were places where I thought 'if I don't give Alexey Alexandrovitch the respect that he deserves in my reading of this scene, a critical part of the book will be ruined. If I don't give EVERYONE the utmost respect and understanding, I'm not doing justice to this brilliantly compassionate book.' But at the same time, I also wanted to have a light touch in the way I played the different characters, so that the magnificence of the novel could shine through. I feel like performing this novel is one of the major accomplishments of my work life - it was so challenging and so deep, a real pleasure." (Narrator Maggie Gyllenhaal)
Leo Tolstoy's classic story of doomed love is one of the most admired novels in world literature. Generations of readers have been enthralled by his magnificent heroine, the unhappily married Anna Karenina, and her tragic affair with dashing Count Vronsky. Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight, The Honourable Woman) cites Tolstoy's epic as one of her favorite books of all time, and her love for the literature permeates her performance. Anna Karenina is a masterpiece not only because of the unforgettable woman at its core and the stark drama of her fate but also because it explores and illuminates the deepest questions about how to live a fulfilled life.
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Wonderful story and brilliantly performed
I have always wanted to read this story. I have found a new level of respect for Maggie Gyllenhaal and her interpretation of this masterpiece.
I find the narration lives up to the other reviews—it is excellent. But those hoping to move back and forth between audio and print should be aware that, although each chapter is a separate track, the numbering of parts and tracks in the audio production do not correspond to the parts and chapters in the print edition. Much guesswork is necessary when returning to the audiobook after spending sone time with the print book. Those who wish to listen all the way through are best suited for enjoyment of this production.
Listened to this in my quest to "read" some of the classics. Really didn't think I would enjoy it and the length was intimidating. All I can say afterwards is that Anna Karenina may be one of the best novels ever. Gyllenhaal knocks it out of the park, and I think it's just because she reads it effortlessly as if we hear the reading in her head with all her own emotional reaction to the characters. Amazing.