Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy audiobook

Anna Karenina

By Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Louise Maude and Aylmer Maude
Read by Wanda McCaddon

Blackstone Publishing, Craig Black
33.63 Hours Unabridged
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Sensual, rebellious Anna falls deeply and passionately in love with the handsome Count Vronsky. When she refuses to conduct the discreet affair that her cold, ambitious husband—and Russian high society—would condone, she is doomed. Set against the tragic love of Anna and Vronsky, the plight of the melancholy nobleman Konstantine Levin unfolds. In doubt about the meaning of life—a mirror of Tolstoy’s own spiritual crisis—Konstantine is haunted by thoughts of suicide. Through these and other characters, Tolstoy weaves a vast and rich tapestry of nineteenth-century Russian society. A magnificent drama of vengeance, infidelity, and retribution, Anna Karenina tells the story of two characters whose emotional instincts conflict with the dominant social mores of their time. Artwork © 2012 Focus Features LLC. All rights reserved.

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Summary

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An Oprah’s Book Club Selection

An Entertainment Weekly Pick of Tragic Love Stories to Read after “Seeing Me Before You”

A Paris Review Selection of Anti-Beach Read Recommendations

Sensual, rebellious Anna falls deeply and passionately in love with the handsome Count Vronsky. When she refuses to conduct the discreet affair that her cold, ambitious husband—and Russian high society—would condone, she is doomed. Set against the tragic love of Anna and Vronsky, the plight of the melancholy nobleman Konstantine Levin unfolds. In doubt about the meaning of life—a mirror of Tolstoy’s own spiritual crisis—Konstantine is haunted by thoughts of suicide. Through these and other characters, Tolstoy weaves a vast and rich tapestry of nineteenth-century Russian society.

A magnificent drama of vengeance, infidelity, and retribution, Anna Karenina tells the story of two characters whose emotional instincts conflict with the dominant social mores of their time.

Artwork © 2012 Focus Features LLC. All rights reserved.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The daunting elements of classic literature that might discourage a timid reader become irrelevant, thanks to a skilled narrator…Wanda McCaddon makes this literary cornerstone downright enjoyable. It’s not that she turns herself into every character or offers over-the-top drama. Instead, it is her consistency and sensitivity to the author’s tone that make this a wonderful listen. Her familiarity with the text and understanding of its nuances illuminate the work, making what might have seemed lofty, absolutely lively.” AudioFile
“Flawless as a work of art.” Fyodor Dostoevsky
“For years, I made a point of rereading Anna Karenina every summer. I am still bowled over by its freshness and its immediacy.” Anne Tyler, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author
“A sexy and engrossing read, this book tells the tale of one of the most enthralling love affairs in the history of literature.” Oprah.com
“Definitely one ripping great read.” Amazon.com
“Considered one of the pinnacles of world literature.” Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature
“In grandeur as is pathos, in the sweep of it as in the touching detail, it moves me now…just as it moved me long ago.” Jan Morris, Welsh historian and author

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Author Bio: Leo Tolstoy

Author Bio: Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) was born about two hundred miles from Moscow. His mother died when he was two, his father when he was nine. His parents were of noble birth, and Tolstoy remained acutely aware of his aristocratic roots, even when he later embraced doctrines of equality and the brotherhood of man. After serving in the army in the Caucasus and Crimea, where he wrote his first stories, he traveled and studied educational theories. In 1862 he married Sophia Behrs and for the next fifteen years lived a tranquil, productive life, finishing War and Peace in 1869 and Anna Karenina in 1877. In 1879 he underwent a spiritual crisis; he sought to propagate his beliefs on faith, morality, and nonviolence, writing mostly parables, tracts, and morality plays. Tolstoy died of pneumonia in 1910 at the age of eighty-two.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 33.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English