Anna Karenina

  • by Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by Kate Lock
  • 41 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Anna Karenina is beautiful, married to a successful man, and has a son whom she adores. But a chance meeting at a train station in Moscow sets her passionate heart alight, and she is defenceless in the face of Count Vronsky's adoration. Having defied the rules of 19th-century Russian society, Anna is forced to pay a heavy price.
Human nature, with all its failings, is the fabric of which this great and intense work is composed. Anna Karenina has been described as the perfect Russian novel.

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Wonderful reading, but some volume issues

Kate Lock gives a wonderful, passionate reading of Tolstoy's novel. In contrast to another reviewer here, I found her variety of voices enthralling, and the heights of emotional intensity she reaches at times simply stunning.

My only problem with this version is that sometimes the narration is very, very soft, and sometimes the dialogue is very, very loud. I don't know if this is a British thing; at least I've found it to a problem more often with British productions than American. This isn't Kate Lock's fault, and if you can find the right volume setting (or don't mind changing it occasionally as the need arises), this can be a deep and rewarding listen.
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- Tad Davis

Narrator Is Quirky—Read If You're Picky!

This review focuses only on the narrator, Kate Lock.

She's a pretty standard narrator: makes distinct voices for her characters and reads at a steady, not-too-fast pace. There's nothing particularly good or bad about these aspects of performance. But if you're a picky listener like me, and you might be, since this book is over FORTY HOURS long, you may want to know:

1. She "acts" out the dialogue and all parts of it. So if a character coughs while talking, she coughs too. If a character is eating while talking, she talks as if her mouth is full. Some people might enjoy this realism, but I found it gratingly unnecessary. The mid-dialogue laughter is painfully forced.

2. The voices for Kitty and Dolly can be extremely high-pitched, especially when they're distressed—like crying cats.

3. I think this is the Constance Garnet translation; there are no translations for French or German pieces of dialogue, which are luckily sparse.

4. All this said, Levin's dialogue is performed terrifically.

I'll be shopping around for another narrator, however. Hope this helps other listeners!
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- Esther

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-07-2010
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks