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Anna Karenina

Auteur(s): Leo Tolstoy
Narrateur(s): Maggie Gyllenhaal
Durée: 35 h et 35 min
Catégories: Littérature, Classiques
4.5 out of 5 stars (200 évaluations)

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Editors Select, September 2016 - July 2016 - Something magical happens when a great performer narrates something he or she truly loves, as is the case with Maggie Gyllenhaal, who told us before recording that Anna Karenina is one of her all-time favorite novels. (It also happens to be a huge favorite of pretty much the entire world, being named the "greatest book ever written" in a recent poll of leading contemporary authors, as well as a personal favorite of Nabokov and Faulkner.) However, despite my love of the classics, I hadn't tackled this one until picking up Gyllenhaal's marvelous rendition, and now I can't imagine experiencing it any other way. She conveys the pulse-racing breathlessness of consuming love and the sighing breathiness of a bored aristocracy with equal precision, and she untangles Russian names that my reader's eye might have struggled to articulate. She takes great care with this great work, delivering one of the best performances I've ever heard.

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Winner: Audible's Best of 2016 - Classic

"Anna Karenina is one of my favorite books. But when I agreed to read it for Audible, I had no idea how much work it would be, how intense it would be, and how deeply I would fall in love with it. There were places where I thought 'if I don't give Alexey Alexandrovitch the respect that he deserves in my reading of this scene, a critical part of the book will be ruined. If I don't give EVERYONE the utmost respect and understanding, I'm not doing justice to this brilliantly compassionate book.' But at the same time, I also wanted to have a light touch in the way I played the different characters, so that the magnificence of the novel could shine through. I feel like performing this novel is one of the major accomplishments of my work life - it was so challenging and so deep, a real pleasure." (Narrator Maggie Gyllenhaal)

Leo Tolstoy's classic story of doomed love is one of the most admired novels in world literature. Generations of readers have been enthralled by his magnificent heroine, the unhappily married Anna Karenina, and her tragic affair with dashing Count Vronsky. Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight, The Honourable Woman) cites Tolstoy's epic as one of her favorite books of all time, and her love for the literature permeates her performance. Anna Karenina is a masterpiece not only because of the unforgettable woman at its core and the stark drama of her fate but also because it explores and illuminates the deepest questions about how to live a fulfilled life.

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Fabulous Narration

Incredible book by Tolstoy. I'm in awe of his understanding of human emotion and struggle. Also very impressed with Maggie Gyllenhaal's narration

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Favorite classic

Maggie Gyllenhaal
brought to life.
Adored her reading emencly
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Great novel, excellent reading!

I loved Maggie Gyllenhaal's reading of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. While it is true you need a lot of time to listen to such a lengthy saga, the storyline is for the most part enrapturing, the writing and descriptions ring beautifully, and MG's performance was wonderful. I listened to this on my way to and from work (45-90 mins commute time) over the course of the winter semester, and thoroughly enjoyed it. #Audible1

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a classic I finally got thru!

Listening to this classic done by Maggie Gyllenhaal was so well done i finallu got to the end of the book!
This is a long story and for anyone eho has ever read it you know its a hard one to get finished. listing to it on Audible allowed me to get lost in the story and enjoy it.
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Loved the narration!

Tedious iand a bit too complicated in parts, but it is a fascinating account of life in Russia in the 1800's.


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Great novel with very good narration

At first I thought Gyllengaal was dry, flat, and did not understand the characters. But after a couple hours, I found my initial judgement to be wrong. She does a fine job, and her smooth, calming voice suited my mood for this long novel.

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Hold on. This takes a while.<br />

Maybe not quite as long as War and Peace, but it is quite the read.
An interesting insight to pre revolution Russia.

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Tiresome

Struggled with it. Definitely not my cup of tea. I have finished it but didn't enjoy it.

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Slow but insightful

The plot moves extremely slow and subtly, but the insights into Russia and human nature are incredible.

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Lovely Cadence, Convincing Voices, Terrible French.

I really enjoyed this recording. Maggie Gyllenhaal does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life.

If I had a criticism, it would be that Maggie’s French is so bad that it is difficult to know what is being said. Granted, if the reader doesn’t speak French, this isn’t much of a concern.

I would still very much recommend this recording.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2018-07-19

Not an easy read

Took a while before I got to grips with all the characters in the story. That was not easy especially because of the Russian names that were not familiar and sounded alike. Liked andcfinishef the story.

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  • J. Stirling
  • 2016-08-02

Not to be rushed but to be savored

This is not the dull endless drama I read in college. Maggie Gyllenhaal brings every word to life. Tolstoy in spite my youthful opinion many years ago, created characters that are exciting, brilliant, often frustrating, selfish, funny and in many ways just like our own family members. I didn't want it to be over and I know I will listen to this again. Right now I wish I could talk to other readers to share all the deep thoughts and feelings this book awakens.

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  • K. Johnson
  • 2018-08-11

Maggie Gyllenhaal is exquisite perfection

I am an avid audiobooks listener and seldom do I write a review, but my experience needs to be shared. Maggie Gyllenhaal delivers a flawless - I mean flawless - performance of this, at times, burdensome story. Look, I knew this was a long book before I started, and I was in it for the long haul when Maggie began narrating. She does more than narrate. She performs the piece and makes it dance. The inflection and sharpness of her pronunciation of the French and Russian phrasing is flawless. You will enjoy this classic because she delivers it with exquisite perfection.

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  • L. Kerr
  • 2016-07-22

Top Notch Performance

I've listened to several audiobook recordings of this classic novel. This one may be the best.

The narrator is a famous American actress who obviously devoted a lot of time and effort. I admire her because audiobook narrators are famously underpaid. I'm sure she didn't do this just for the money. You can tell she loves this story, which in my opinion is the greatest love story in novel form.

One of the unique aspects of this version is that most of the other narrators are British. This narrator has a naturally clear and seamless American delivery. It caused me to pick up subtleties that I didn't feel listening to the Brits (though I thoroughly enjoyed them).

This audiobook is worth your money. I plan to re-listen to it in a few months.

A note on this translation:

This is the famous Constance Garnett translation, which, for many years, was the gold standard and the one beloved by so many great writers such as Faulkner and Hemmingway. There are several recent translations, most of which I've read. This and all translations are very good. I wish there were audiobook versions of the recent translations, but I understand that Audible and other recording companies probably can't afford to pay the translators so they use this and other old translations whose copyrights have expired. This is another reason why this narrator has done such an admirable job. Her performance makes this version, which was written in 1901, sound relevant and fresh.

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  • Charles B
  • 2018-08-27

Need to Disclose and Highlight Name of Translator

If you disclosed Constance Garnett as the translator of this version of Anna Karenina, where did you do so? I didn't catch it. This is important information that needs to be highlighted. Vladimir Nabokov, a master of the Russian and English languages, thought that Garnett's translation was a "complete disaster." Whether Nabokov was right or not, there certainly is a real controversy about the translation.

I beg you, in the future please disclose the translator's name routinely, and as prominently as the name of the author. Thank you.

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  • Stevon
  • 2017-01-16

excellent classic, the only way to describe it

First time author for me. If you are like me, every once in a while it's a good change of pace to take on a long classic. You have to be in the right frame of mind but something clicks about a story and you go for it. For me, in this instance, it was narrator Maggie Gyllenhaal the actress. And, she did a great job. But in researching the story while listening I learned that this being a classic, Audible has seven full length versions of this audiobook, all with different narrators. How do you know which one to listen to? There are even two Russian version, one Italian, one Spanish plus abridged versions. I guess this is what happens when a book is a true classic.

At times it seemed that the title of the book is a misnomer. Yes, the doomed love story of Anna is central to the story but there is much more to it. There is the farmer Levin who is questioning his faith the entire story, trying to decide if he's a Believer or Unbeliever. But it's also a time piece of Russian history. Tolstoy wrote this in the 1870's and writes about many facets of Russian life at the time. The Serfs of Russia, most of the people, had been freed from serfdom which was basically slavery. They were now called peasants and had to be paid a wage for their work. Under serfdom Russian agriculture had been a profitable venture for the elite of Russian but now with freedom productivity had gone down and profitability was out the window. The term communism was already being used so the coming revolution wasn't something that dropped onto Russia out of the sky. There was much discussion on the equitable distribution of all things for the good of the people. In many ways these issues still exist in current day Russia.

Tolstoy himself was born into the aristocracy of Russia. Since he touched on so many subjects you had to wonder if he wasn't one of those questioning the status quo. He apparently embraced religion and spirituality later in life and it seemed he may have been espousing his questions and views on the subject a he devotes quite a bit of the story to this topic.

All in all, this is a great classic. When the time is right take the challenge and good luck on deciding which narrator to listen to. I don't know that I have a second listening in me just to try out a second narrator. But it is interesting to see how different narrators can put a different perspective on a story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-08-12

Really stunning

The voice of the actress is full of emotion but subdued,just like Tolstoy's prose. Beautiful production!!!

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  • LolaD3
  • 2018-08-06

I can't believe I finished the whole thing!

Maggie Gyllenhaal is one of my favorite actresses of all time. When I saw that Anna Karenina was on sale a few weeks ago and that Maggie was the narrator, I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. I not only enjoyed her narrations but the story was interesting as well. It took me a while to finish the entire book but I did. This surprised me because I have been getting into a habit of not finishing books after becoming bored with them. This historical fiction classic was sad, funny and entertaining up to the end. I was surprised at how relative the characters are to modern society. I found Maggie Gyllenhaal's voice to be really relaxing and soothing. It makes the experience very enjoyable.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • brieanna
  • 2018-08-19

Audio book A+

I'm so glad I bought this in audio. It's so good from Maggie Gyllenhaal. I feel like this book is a difficult, and long read \listen but it is so worth it! I'm so excited to check this off my list.

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  • Mary Herold
  • 2016-08-01

Struggles of life

This is the story of human struggle to understand love and hate, good and evil, doubt and fear, responsibilities and consequences, and mans very existence while living through the pains of living. Tolstoy is a master story teller and has an understanding of the inner thoughts of men and women. Excellent.

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  • dskalzzz
  • 2016-08-10

Maggie Gyllenhaal was Outstanding!

Beautiful Narration of a deep, melancholy story. So much emotion, so much pain, so human.

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