- Narrated by: Lorna Raver
- Length: 39 hrs and 48 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-25-10
- Language: English
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Married to a powerful government minister, Anna Karenina is a beautiful woman who falls deeply in love with a wealthy army officer, the elegant Count Vronsky. Desperate to find truth and meaning in her life, she rashly defies the conventions of Russian society and leaves her husband and son to live with her lover. Condemned and ostracized by her peers and prone to fits of jealousy that alienate Vronsky, Anna finds herself unable to escape an increasingly hopeless situation.
Set against this tragic affair is the story of Konstantin Levin, a melancholy landowner whom Tolstoy based largely on himself. While Anna looks for happiness through love, Levin embarks on his own search for spiritual fulfillment through marriage, family, and hard work. Surrounding these two central plot threads are dozens of characters whom Tolstoy seamlessly weaves together, creating a breathtaking tapestry of 19th-century Russian society.
From its famous opening sentence---"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way"---to its stunningly tragic conclusion, this enduring tale of marriage and adultery plumbs the very depths of the human soul.
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By Bookoholics Anon on 05-07-11
Not good dramatization but an ok reading
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.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By cheryl on 10-09-11
Still a Timeless Russian Classic
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
By Simone on 02-14-17
Classic that must be read
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.