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Anna Karenina Audiobook

Anna Karenina

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"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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    L. russell uk 30/07/2016
    L. russell uk 30/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "a dissapointment"

    I was really hoping for a riveting listen after reading audibles hype of this performance by Maggie Gyllenhall.
    I fancied listening to another classic after becoming bored with crime and thriller reads that all began to sound the same.
    My last classic listen was The Woman in White which I thoroughly enjoyed and had high hopes for the praise given to Gyllenhalls interpretation of this classic novel.
    I d love to say I made it past chapter 12 but for me it just turned into one long sentence. It was read but not with any gusto or giving any difference to the characters. I found it a woefully dull rendition and returned it.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MVG London 12/11/2016
    MVG London 12/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "So long"

    The OCD in me made me finish this even though it was nearly 40 hours. Maggie is cool and I like her so much I picked this book but even she can not make pages and pages on farming methods interesting and her French pronunciation is jarring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Austin Suffolk,England 30/08/2016
    Richard Austin Suffolk,England 30/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Anna Karenina meets Dalas"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better translation from the original in English rather than American english. you just don't get the sense of aristocracy without an upper class accent !


    What will your next listen be?

    Just started the Silk Road.


    How could the performance have been better?

    See comments above


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes , I was able to turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    Dissapointed, I had been looking forward to listening to this book, but after thirty chaptors it still hadn't improved so turned it off!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Capera 07/08/2016
    Andrea Capera 07/08/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "the narrator misses instructio on French an German"

    she really misses the german and french rightfully. it mess the whole thing disgracefully unpleasant.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Lawrence
    Monroeville, PA, United States
    22/07/16
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    "Top Notch Performance"

    I've listened to several audiobook recordings of this classic novel. This one may be the best.

    The narrator is a famous American actress who obviously devoted a lot of time and effort. I admire her because audiobook narrators are famously underpaid. I'm sure she didn't do this just for the money. You can tell she loves this story, which in my opinion is the greatest love story in novel form.

    One of the unique aspects of this version is that most of the other narrators are British. This narrator has a naturally clear and seamless American delivery. It caused me to pick up subtleties that I didn't feel listening to the Brits (though I thoroughly enjoyed them).

    This audiobook is worth your money. I plan to re-listen to it in a few months.

    A note on this translation:

    This is the famous Constance Garnett translation, which, for many years, was the gold standard and the one beloved by so many great writers such as Faulkner and Hemmingway. There are several recent translations, most of which I've read. This and all translations are very good. I wish there were audiobook versions of the recent translations, but I understand that Audible and other recording companies probably can't afford to pay the translators so they use this and other old translations whose copyrights have expired. This is another reason why this narrator has done such an admirable job. Her performance makes this version, which was written in 1901, sound relevant and fresh.

    42 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • J. Stirling
    Connecticut
    02/08/16
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    "Not to be rushed but to be savored"

    This is not the dull endless drama I read in college. Maggie Gyllenhaal brings every word to life. Tolstoy in spite my youthful opinion many years ago, created characters that are exciting, brilliant, often frustrating, selfish, funny and in many ways just like our own family members. I didn't want it to be over and I know I will listen to this again. Right now I wish I could talk to other readers to share all the deep thoughts and feelings this book awakens.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Herold
    01/08/16
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    "Struggles of life"

    This is the story of human struggle to understand love and hate, good and evil, doubt and fear, responsibilities and consequences, and mans very existence while living through the pains of living. Tolstoy is a master story teller and has an understanding of the inner thoughts of men and women. Excellent.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • KellysHero718
    Farmington MO
    27/07/16
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    "Fabulous Performance by Gyllenhaal "

    My pleasure in listening to Maggie Gyllenhaal's narration was so great that I posted a review just a few hours into the book. My joy only increased as I neared the conclusion. Much has been written over many years about Tolstoy's book, so I won't mention it here except to say that the tedious story is brought to vivid and abundant life by Gyllenhaal. Well done.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/08/16
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    "Really stunning"

    The voice of the actress is full of emotion but subdued,just like Tolstoy's prose. Beautiful production!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    27/07/16
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    "Extraordinary Book! A "must read""

    I have heard about this classic book for many years, but now I know for myself what an extraordinary writer Tolstoy was. The story is about more than just Anna Karenina's complex relationships and life, but about the lives of other central characters that you will soon care about and grow to love.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Darryl Scales
    Winston-Salem, NC USA
    10/08/16
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    "Maggie Gyllenhaal was Outstanding!"

    Beautiful Narration of a deep, melancholy story. So much emotion, so much pain, so human.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shanon
    Oregon, USA
    18/08/16
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    "Maggie Gyllenhaal is superb."

    I listened to this book at every opportunity I could find and was completely enchanted by not only the excellent story, but by Ms. Gyllenhaal's simply beautiful, flawless and careful reading. I felt that by her skill the book became a completely fulfilled work of art. I wish she would read books for me for the rest of her life...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • susan
    Ann Arbor, MI, United States
    16/08/16
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    "serious bookclub reading"

    I loved this book once the focus shifted from Anna and her chronic wow is me. In part my interest was intense because the questions Tolstoy asked of most of his characters were serious, thoughtful ones. I got tired of Anna and more and more taken with the others, particularly Levin

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Aaron Nugent
    16/08/16
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    "Great recording"

    This is a great recording of the Constance Garnett translation of the text. The narrator does a fine job with pronunciation of names and foreign phrases.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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