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This is one of those "must read" novels because Tolstoy was onto the beginnings of the modern, psychological novel. He creates a wonderful picture of the frothy, frivolous life of Imperial Russian aristocracy and you can see the germs of the Russian Revolution in the political talk among the characters, which is very interesting; the Bolsheviks didn't just jump out of the landscape on October of 1917; the ideas were being discussed long before.
The reading by Lorna Raver, who is generally a very good narrator, has one flaw and that is she tries to dramatize the characters by using a gruff voice to indicate some of the male characters. It sounds utterly stupid. She'd have done better to simply lighten or darken her voice slightly and not try to sound like Papa Bear. It detracts from an otherwise excellent reading.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
The best book I've ever read or listen to. Beautify read. A true masterpiece and a timeless classic. Colourful portrait of the Russian nobility at the turn of the last century.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I read this novel for an English Lit exam many years ago and loved the story then, so chose this version above all others because I wanted the unabridged version, and I was not disappointed. Lorna Raver's narration and pronunciation are probably the best I have heard. Her characterisations are spot on, as is her delivery and timing of each event, none so as when Anna finally succumbs to the madness in her mind. Raver has you sat on the edge of your seat,holding your breath, even though you know what's coming. Raver lets you love, you hate, you understand, you pity and forgive each character their flaws, I cannot fault it. This classic is still a classic and if you have seen the films but cant bring yourself to read the book, then give the audio version a listen instead, I promise you, you wont be disappointed.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Although it is nearly 40 hours long, but it's not boring at well, exactly it's very catchy.
Tolstoy is superb. Narration is good as well which helps us follow it cos it's long journey on Anna Karenina's life. This is a classic we must read before we die.