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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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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Tad Davis
  • 17/12/2010

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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  • jonie v.
  • 01/12/2013

amazing

Any additional comments?

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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  • Jenny
  • 23/02/2013

Unhappy families are unique

Would you listen to Anna Karenina again? Why?

.....and again, and again; if there is enough time in my life.

Firstly, this is a remarkable story, written in great depth, with such understanding AND in the 19th century.

Secondly, the issues within it are relevant to each of us, not all the issues to every one of us, but there will be something(s) that will speak to you if you are willing to listen.

Thirdly, it is much, much bigger than its title suggests and encompasses many more people and relationships than Anna and Vronsky.

What did you like best about this story?

As was true when I listened to 'War and Peace', I liked the way in which Tolstoy combines philosophy with a good story. No - a great story.

What does Kate Lock bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Kate Lock was magnificent - and that very pleasantly surprised me. She enacted every character with her voice, including the minor and insignificant ones.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

That would actually be impossible because of the length - 41+ hours. But I was always sorry to have to take a break.

Any additional comments?

My understanding is that Tolstoy considered this his greatest novel and that Levin was very loosely based on himself.

Even with more than 100 years gap, there is a freshness and aliveness that drew me into the book.

I appreciated so much more of all the main characters and what they had to 'say' about living life than I was able to do when I read it (not listened to it) as a much younger woman myself.I was challenged and fascinated and delighted and saddened - the gamut of human emotions - as the story moved along.......but do not expect it to move fast - there is far too much philosophical reflection and internal dialogue for that.

Sit back, stay alert and hear the voice of Tolstoy speaking to you through his characters brought to life by the sound of Kate Lock's voice.Enjoy!

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  • Esther
  • 13/09/2013

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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  • Rebecca
  • 16/01/2013

Excellent Read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narrator was excellent and everyday I looked forward to listening. I wished it would never end.

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  • Nil Van Order
  • 14/11/2014

Lovely story but unbearable narration

If you could sum up Anna Karenina in three words, what would they be?

Take it slowly.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator sounded hysterical whenever doing women's voices -- and a greater portion of the story is in women's dialogues. I can't take it any more. I am going to return this version and get David Horwitch's (sp?) version. This narrator has got rave reviews.

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  • Anna
  • 14/12/2012

Loved it!

Would you listen to Anna Karenina again? Why?

Probably not for a while! The full story is LONG!

What did you like best about this story?

The period piece. The story is about relationships, unfortunately relationships that have gone bad. However, though our times have changed our dysfunctional relationships with each other have not!

What about Kate Lock’s performance did you like?

Great voice, easy to listen to and loved her how she made characters come alive.

Who was the most memorable character of Anna Karenina and why?

Anna herself

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  • Ruth Barrineau-Brooks
  • 11/12/2012

Outstanding reading

What did you love best about Anna Karenina?

I am still listening to Anna Karenina, but the narrator is excellent and keeps me actively involved in the story.

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  • Kandi Birdsell
  • 11/08/2014

Poorly Narrated

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Anna Karenina is one of my all time favorite stories... but the narrator of this audio book seriously got on my nerves. I couldn't even make it to the fifth chapter!!!

What didn’t you like about Kate Lock’s performance?

Her voice

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Melissa
  • 23/03/2012

Bad Narrator

How could the performance have been better?

The narration was fine when she was reading with her own voice, but when she used different voices for the characters, she REALLY did sound constipated. Her character voices were extremely over the top and...just...weird. It was bearable for the first few chapters, but got very annoying and hard to listen to after a while. It's a LONG book, and I don't know if I'm going to be able to finish it listening to this narration for that long! Is it really that hard to sound like a normal human being?

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  • shanna
  • 30/05/2015

Kate Lock is a pain to hear. Never again.

Würden Sie dieses Buch einem Freund empfehlen? Warum oder warum nicht?

I would recommend this book but read by any other except Kate Lock. Such strained airs!!

Welcher Moment von Anna Karenina ist Ihnen besonders im Gedächtnis geblieben?

I just could not listen to this audiobook because of the narrator.

Würden Sie es noch mal mit einem anderen Hörbuch mit Kate Lock versuchen?

Never! Gave up lisftening after 1/2 hour. Did try several times after that to carry on but it was just horrible. I gave her 1* ONLY because of the time she needed to narrate the story.

War es für Sie die Zeit wert, sich Anna Karenina anzuhören?

I would love to have heard it to the end but the narrator just put me off. I gave 5* because it is one of the classics which I read a long time ago.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Choose another narrator.