Anna Karenina, Book 8

Read by MaryAnn

(4.7 stars; 296 reviews)

Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. In Book 8, Vronsky leaves for the Servian war, unable to live without Anna and hoping to die. Back at his farm with a loving wife and baby son, Levin struggles with thoughts of death and the horror of living when he does not understand "the whence, and why, and how, and what [life] was." (Summary by Mary Anderson and MaryAnn) (2 hr 10 min)


Chapter 1 9:04 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter 2 7:24 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter 3 5:39 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter 4 4:59 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter 5 5:30 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter 6 6:13 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter 7 5:14 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter 8 5:26 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter 9 5:12 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter 10 7:07 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter 11 7:03 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter 12 9:21 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter 13 6:57 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter 14 10:18 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter 15 8:56 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter 16 7:54 Read by MaryAnn
Chapte 17 5:24 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter 18 6:47 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter 19 6:30 Read by MaryAnn



(5 stars)

Well! I have to say that I have learned at last not to form judgements on a book based on summaries. Just finished Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, which as a story itself is depressing and would seem to bring needless sorrow. And this would be the case, were it not for the philosophical and eternal principles brought to attention. I wouldn't recommend it lightly, because the subject matters are so heavy- infidelity, suicide- but it is a fascinating read. A comparison between two ways of living and where those lifestyles lead.

Every read gets better

(5 stars)

Each time I read this I notice and learn something new. Part of it I am sure is that the characters are somewhat familiar. But as with other great books every reading brings additional insight and understanding. This edition has some additional matter at the rear including a letter by the author where he said it couldn’t be any shorter to express what he expressed.

Linda in Michigan 24

(5 stars)

Awesome refutation of materialism and natural science being the only answers for the purpose and reason of mankind's existence. If our beliefs remain in science alone we end hopelessly like Anna. If we believe in God, the author of all Truth, we end up like Levin. Tolstoy has great insight. No wonder this book is a classic.

(5 stars)

I have just discovered this author thanks to Librivox. I never would have read or listened to his work without their many efforts! thanks so much for all the readers. and thanks to the author who has graced me with this a awesome work.! I absolutely loved the whole series.

Don’t pass this up!

(5 stars)

I had avoided this book for years because I saw a PBS mini-series adaptation. I did not like the ending. What a mistake! Tolstoy has spun a powerful story of life, of passion, and so much more. Marvelous readings by the volunteers.

Worth the commitment!

(5 stars)

I'm grateful to all the Librivox volunteers who helped me finish this great book. It has so much to say and changes the way you regard other people. Highly recommend this story on this platform!

Simply beautiful

(5 stars)

This is my favorite work of Tolstoy's, read by one of my favorite readers. I don't know the difference between the translations, but now I'm going to listen to the other version of this novel.

Finally a Great Reader!!!

(5 stars)

Maryanne, you’re a champ, I your champion. I will look for other books you’ve read. Well done! (And NOW I see why Tolstoy is one of the greatest ever. )