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I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and this may be one of the best narrators I have heard. Her diction is crisp and clean with perfect pace and rhythm. She changes her voice only slightly for the many different characters in this book -- just enough to make me aware of the person speaking but not so much as to "make it a performance." I notice she has few books in the Audible library. Please, authors, use this narrator more -- especially when you might have the horrible notion to narrate your book yourself. I might add that the abridgement is exceedingly well-done. Some might argue that abridgement is the only improvement that can be made on Tolstoy . . .
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I have listened to the unabridged version also that is narrated by Wanda McCaddon. Even though that version had a slight echo I liked Wanda's narration better. Laura Paton's narration is good though. I got this abridged version because I would like to hear the story again but not for 33 hours. Most of the Anna and Vronsky stuff is communicated in this book but Levin and the Levin/Kitty relationship is choppy. Although I don't think that'll I'll listen to the unabridged version again, I'm glad that I did listen to it at least once. I will listen to this version again and again.
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What made the experience of listening to Anna Karenina the most enjoyable?
I found Tolstoy difficult to read because of the vast number of characters and length of the books. I never manage to persevere to the end. At least I know what Tolstoy is like now.
Any additional comments?
The narrator has got an amazing range of voices for both male and female characters. She brings it to life.