Anna Karenina (Penguin Popular Classics)

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9780140621815: Anna Karenina (Penguin Popular Classics)

Translated by Constance Garnett, Introduction by Leonard J. Kent and Nina Berberova

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Yes, it's expensive, but would you expect to pay less for a 41-hour audio of the world's greatest love story? Dostoevsky called it a flawless masterpiece. There's a five-hour abridged version with music for £16.99, read with heartrending passion by Laura Paton, but it's essentially a taster. Don't settle for less than all eight courses. --Sue Arnold, The Guardian

Tolstoy's magnificent panoramic novel Anna Karenina is a daunting listening proposition. Bear in mind that it was written as a serial, published in monthly installments over four years, and download it to take in regular doses (walking the dog or on your commute to and from work). Kate Lock rises to the challenge of this marathon of narration nobly, skilfully reflecting in voice the development of the initially air-headed Kitty and the clumsy, obtuse Levin, and their realisation, from the terrible outcome of the affair between Anna and Vronsky, that happiness cannot be built on another's pain. It is worth downloading a character list to help you to sort out the names of the enormous cast. --Christina Hardyment, The Times

About the Author:

Leo Tolstoy was a Russian novelist and moral philosopher noted for his ideas of nonviolent resistance. His diary reveals an incessant pursuit of a morally justified life. He was known for his generosity to the peasants. His best known novels are ''War and Peace'' (1869), which Tolstoy regarded as an epic rather than a novel, and ''Anna Karenina'' (1877). His work was admired in his time by Dostoyevsky, Checkov, Turgenev, and Flaubert, and later by Virginia Woolf and James Joyce.

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