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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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Anna Karenina is just a masterpiece and there is no need for me to add more. But THIS NARRATOR. I wish she had recorded War and Peace, and all of Tolstoy, because she was 50% of this audiobook for me. True, sometimes she speaks too quietly and one misses a sentence or two, but her rendering of the *people* -- their personalities -- through their voices is superlative. Major props for Kitty. They are all fantastic, but Kitty's voice has a levity, a joyfulness, which is just a delight. So well done. Thank you.
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I am not going to review the book but the download.
It took me 2 hours to get it so that it actually works. First I downloaded another version, which sounded horrible on my mp3 player (Philips). I downloaded the format that was recommended for Philips, still... I returned it (luckily I could do it after a bit of pain). Then I chose this version of the book. Audible Manager got confused, froze three times during download. I couldn't delete the previous version from my mp3 player using the program and the new uploaded version did not appear anywhere on my mp3 player. Finally I just copy pasted it from my computer. This Audible Manager is totally stupid and useless but yes: you have to use the program because you have to active your player to play the book... no comment... Finally the 40 hour long book appeared as 6 pieces of approx. 8 hour long files on my player. I can see that each 8 hour long session is divided originally into 30 separate pieces, but I can only play the 8 hour long thing as one. Super handy as everyone listens to the story for 8 hours non-stop. Now I will need to write up where I was if I would like to listen to anything else too and also I will have to wind the file for minutes to actually get there. Well done.
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