Anna Karenina (Dole translation)


Read by MaryAnn

(4.7 stars; 227 reviews)

Two love stories are set against the backdrop of high society in Tsarist Russia. Anna awakes from a loveless marriage to find herself drawn irresistibly to the dashing cavalry officer, Count Vronsky. Levin struggles with self-esteem, and even flees to the country, before gaining courage to return and offer himself to the beautiful and pure Kitty. Through troubled courtships, reconciliations, marriage and the birth of each one’s first child, Anna and Levin experience joy and despair as they each struggle to find their place in the world and meaning for their lives. (Introduction by MaryAnn) (36 hr 52 min)

Chapters

001 - Part 1 Chapter 1 6:43 Read by MaryAnn
002 - Part 1 Chapter 2 8:27 Read by MaryAnn
003 - Part 1 Chapter 3 10:21 Read by MaryAnn
004 - Part 1 Chapter 4 12:12 Read by MaryAnn
005 - Part 1 Chapter 5 18:54 Read by MaryAnn
006 - Part 1 Chapter 6 6:59 Read by MaryAnn
007 - Part 1 Chapter 7 4:55 Read by MaryAnn
008 - Part 1 Chapter 8 5:26 Read by MaryAnn
009 - Part 1 Chapter 9 14:33 Read by MaryAnn
010 - Part 1 Chapter 10 15:23 Read by MaryAnn
011 - Part 1 Chapter 11 10:04 Read by MaryAnn
012 - Part 1 Chapter 12 10:17 Read by MaryAnn
013 - Part 1 Chapter 13 5:42 Read by MaryAnn
014 - Part 1 Chapter 14 15:52 Read by MaryAnn
015 - Part 1 Chapter 15 6:16 Read by MaryAnn
016 - Part 1 Chapter 16 4:58 Read by MaryAnn
017 - Part 1 Chapter 17 7:58 Read by MaryAnn
018 - Part 1 Chapter 18 12:26 Read by MaryAnn
019 - Part 1 Chapter 19 15:07 Read by MaryAnn
020 - Part 1 Chapter 20 7:55 Read by MaryAnn
021 - Part 1 Chapter 21 5:25 Read by MaryAnn
022 - Part 1 Chapter 22 11:10 Read by MaryAnn
023 - Part 1 Chapter 23 10:06 Read by MaryAnn
024 - Part 1 Chapter 24 10:04 Read by MaryAnn
025 - Part 1 Chapter 25 11:10 Read by MaryAnn
026 - Part 1 Chapter 26 8:36 Read by MaryAnn
027 - Part 1 Chapter 27 6:00 Read by MaryAnn
028 - Part 1 Chapter 28 6:59 Read by MaryAnn
029 - Part 1 Chapter 29 8:13 Read by MaryAnn
030 - Part 1 Chapter 30 7:10 Read by MaryAnn
031 - Part 1 Chapter 31 9:03 Read by MaryAnn
032 - Part 1 Chapter 32 5:42 Read by MaryAnn
033 - Part 1 Chapter 33 8:50 Read by MaryAnn
034 - Part 1 Chapter 34 9:49 Read by MaryAnn
035 - Part 2 Chapter 1 9:08 Read by MaryAnn
036 - Part 2 Chapter 2 8:34 Read by MaryAnn
037 - Part 2 Chapter 3 8:01 Read by MaryAnn
038 - Part 2 Chapter 4 8:05 Read by MaryAnn
039 - Part 2 Chapter 5 8:02 Read by MaryAnn
040 - Part 2 Chapter 6 11:50 Read by MaryAnn
041 - Part 2 Chapter 7 12:46 Read by MaryAnn
042 - Part 2 Chapter 8 9:51 Read by MaryAnn
043 - Part 2 Chapter 9 9:42 Read by MaryAnn
044 - Part 2 Chapter 10 1:50 Read by MaryAnn
045 - Part 2 Chapter 11 5:31 Read by MaryAnn
046 - Part 2 Chapter 12 8:23 Read by MaryAnn
047 - Part 2 Chapter 13 15:54 Read by MaryAnn
048 - Part 2 Chapter 14 10:44 Read by MaryAnn
049 - Part 2 Chapter 15 7:52 Read by MaryAnn
050 - Part 2 Chapter 16 10:01 Read by MaryAnn
051 - Part 2 Chapter 17 10:52 Read by MaryAnn
052 - Part 2 Chapter 18 4:54 Read by MaryAnn
053 - Part 2 Chapter 19 7:39 Read by MaryAnn
054 - Part 2 Chapter 20 6:07 Read by MaryAnn
055 - Part 2 Chapter 21 11:24 Read by MaryAnn
056 - Part 2 Chapter 22 12:30 Read by MaryAnn
057 - Part 2 Chapter 23 7:10 Read by MaryAnn
058 - Part 2 Chapter 24 13:35 Read by MaryAnn
059 - Part 2 Chapter 25 12:26 Read by MaryAnn
060 - Part 2 Chapter 26 10:30 Read by MaryAnn
061 - Part 2 Chapter 27 6:23 Read by MaryAnn
062 - Part 2 Chapter 28 9:59 Read by MaryAnn
063 - Part 2 Chapter 29 9:33 Read by MaryAnn
064 - Part 2 Chapter 30 8:18 Read by MaryAnn
065 - Part 2 Chapter 31 6:15 Read by MaryAnn
066 - Part 2 Chapter 32 10:54 Read by MaryAnn
067 - Part 2 Chapter 33 10:40 Read by MaryAnn
068 - Part 2 Chapter 34 13:09 Read by MaryAnn
069 - Part 2 Chapter 35 12:08 Read by MaryAnn
070 - Part 3 Chapter 1 9:05 Read by MaryAnn
071 - Part 3 Chapter 2 7:08 Read by MaryAnn
072 - Part 3 Chapter 3 14:18 Read by MaryAnn
073 - Part 3 Chapter 4 11:25 Read by MaryAnn
074 - Part 3 Chapter 5 10:59 Read by MaryAnn
075 - Part 3 Chapter 6 7:31 Read by MaryAnn
076 - Part 3 Chapter 7 9:03 Read by MaryAnn
077 - Part 3 Chapter 8 10:35 Read by MaryAnn
078 - Part 3 Chapter 9 6:13 Read by MaryAnn
079 - Part 3 Chapter 10 10:05 Read by MaryAnn
080 - Part 3 Chapter 11 7:12 Read by MaryAnn
081 - Part 3 Chapter 12 10:03 Read by MaryAnn
082 - Part 3 Chapter 13 15:46 Read by MaryAnn
083 - Part 3 Chapter 14 11:53 Read by MaryAnn
084 - Part 3 Chapter 15 12:59 Read by MaryAnn
085 - Part 3 Chapter 16 8:49 Read by MaryAnn
086 - Part 3 Chapter 17 11:23 Read by MaryAnn
087 - Part 3 Chapter 18 9:12 Read by MaryAnn
088 - Part 3 Chapter 19 7:23 Read by MaryAnn
089 - Part 3 Chapter 20 7:45 Read by MaryAnn
090 - Part 3 Chapter 21 15:07 Read by MaryAnn
091 - Part 3 Chapter 22 12:27 Read by MaryAnn
092 - Part 3 Chapter 23 9:08 Read by MaryAnn
093 - Part 3 Chapter 24 9:03 Read by MaryAnn
094 - Part 3 Chapter 25 7:30 Read by MaryAnn
095 - Part 3 Chapter 26 10:49 Read by MaryAnn
096 - Part 3 Chapter 27 14:31 Read by MaryAnn
097 - Part 3 Chapter 28 10:42 Read by MaryAnn
098 - Part 3 Chapter 29 10:12 Read by MaryAnn
099 - Part 3 Chapter 30 8:37 Read by MaryAnn
100 - Part 3 Chapter 31 17:39 Read by MaryAnn
101 - Part 4 Chapter 1 6:15 Read by MaryAnn
102 - Part 4 Chapter 2 5:23 Read by MaryAnn
103 - Part 4 Chapter 3 12:46 Read by MaryAnn
104 - Part 4 Chapter 4 8:22 Read by MaryAnn
105 - Part 4 Chapter 5 12:02 Read by MaryAnn
106 - Part 4 Chapter 6 8:50 Read by MaryAnn
107 - Part 4 Chapter 7 9:13 Read by MaryAnn
108 - Part 4 Chapter 8 9:23 Read by MaryAnn
109 - Part 4 Chapter 9 14:39 Read by MaryAnn
110 - Part 4 Chapter 10 9:22 Read by MaryAnn
111 - Part 4 Chapter 11 4:06 Read by MaryAnn
112 - Part 4 Chapter 12 11:11 Read by MaryAnn
113 - Part 4 Chapter 13 9:03 Read by MaryAnn
114 - Part 4 Chapter 14 9:39 Read by MaryAnn
115 - Part 4 Chapter 15 8:31 Read by MaryAnn
116 - Part 4 Chapter 16 8:30 Read by MaryAnn
117 - Part 4 Chapter 17 18:42 Read by MaryAnn
118 - Part 4 Chapter 18 10:06 Read by MaryAnn
119 - Part 4 Chapter 19 14:06 Read by MaryAnn
120 - Part 4 Chapter 20 4:49 Read by MaryAnn
121 - Part 4 Chapter 21 8:22 Read by MaryAnn
122 - Part 4 Chapter 22 12:16 Read by MaryAnn
123 - Part 4 Chapter 23 7:29 Read by MaryAnn
124 - Part 5 Chapter 1 14:42 Read by MaryAnn
125 - Part 5 Chapter 2 12:31 Read by MaryAnn
126 - Part 5 Chapter 3 6:16 Read by MaryAnn
127 - Part 5 Chapter 4 13:14 Read by MaryAnn
128 - Part 5 Chapter 5 5:56 Read by MaryAnn
129 - Part 5 Chapter 6 4:33 Read by MaryAnn
130 - Part 5 Chapter 7 12:04 Read by MaryAnn
131 - Part 5 Chapter 8 8:23 Read by MaryAnn
132 - Part 5 Chapter 9 7:29 Read by MaryAnn
133 - Part 5 Chapter 10 6:20 Read by MaryAnn
134 - Part 5 Chapter 11 12:43 Read by MaryAnn
135 - Part 5 Chapter 12 4:36 Read by MaryAnn
136 - Part 5 Chapter 13 6:44 Read by MaryAnn
137 - Part 5 Chapter 14 10:16 Read by MaryAnn
138 - Part 5 Chapter 15 9:39 Read by MaryAnn
139 - Part 5 Chapter 16 6:52 Read by MaryAnn
140 - Part 5 Chapter 17 10:07 Read by MaryAnn
141 - Part 5 Chapter 18 7:30 Read by MaryAnn
142 - Part 5 Chapter 19 7:56 Read by MaryAnn
143 - Part 5 Chapter 20 16:59 Read by MaryAnn
144 - Part 5 Chapter 21 8:53 Read by MaryAnn
145 - Part 5 Chapter 22 9:35 Read by MaryAnn
146 - Part 5 Chapter 23 6:35 Read by MaryAnn
147 - Part 5 Chapter 24 9:34 Read by MaryAnn
148 - Part 5 Chapter 25 6:49 Read by MaryAnn
149 - Part 5 Chapter 26 6:58 Read by MaryAnn
150 - Part 5 Chapter 27 10:12 Read by MaryAnn
151 - Part 5 Chapter 28 8:29 Read by MaryAnn
152 - Part 5 Chapter 29 11:43 Read by MaryAnn
153 - Part 5 Chapter 30 7:25 Read by MaryAnn
154 - Part 5 Chapter 31 9:04 Read by MaryAnn
155 - Part 5 Chapter 32 6:23 Read by MaryAnn
156 - Part 5 Chapter 33 17:29 Read by MaryAnn
157 - Part 6 Chapter 1 6:41 Read by MaryAnn
158 - Part 6 Chapter 2 12:17 Read by MaryAnn
159 - Part 6 Chapter 3 9:06 Read by MaryAnn
160 - Part 6 Chapter 4 7:19 Read by MaryAnn
161 - Part 6 Chapter 5 6:11 Read by MaryAnn
162 - Part 6 Chapter 6 11:01 Read by MaryAnn
163 - Part 6 Chapter 7 11:59 Read by MaryAnn
164 - Part 6 Chapter 8 8:38 Read by MaryAnn
165 - Part 6 Chapter 9 8:45 Read by MaryAnn
166 - Part 6 Chapter 10 11:34 Read by MaryAnn
167 - Part 6 Chapter 11 14:42 Read by MaryAnn
168 - Part 6 Chapter 12 10:32 Read by MaryAnn
169 - Part 6 Chapter 13 4:35 Read by MaryAnn
170 - Part 6 Chapter 14 9:24 Read by MaryAnn
171 - Part 6 Chapter 15 11:02 Read by MaryAnn
172 - Part 6 Chapter 16 12:22 Read by MaryAnn
173 - Part 6 Chapter 17 10:15 Read by MaryAnn
174 - Part 6 Chapter 18 8:42 Read by MaryAnn
175 - Part 6 Chapter 19 10:37 Read by MaryAnn
176 - Part 6 Chapter 20 11:16 Read by MaryAnn
177 - Part 6 Chapter 21 10:23 Read by MaryAnn
178 - Part 6 Chapter 22 17:08 Read by MaryAnn
179 - Part 6 Chapter 23 11:06 Read by MaryAnn
180 - Part 6 Chapter 24 9:28 Read by MaryAnn
181 - Part 6 Chapter 25 7:07 Read by MaryAnn
182 - Part 6 Chapter 26 10:32 Read by MaryAnn
183 - Part 6 Chapter 27 5:37 Read by MaryAnn
184 - Part 6 Chapter 28 10:07 Read by MaryAnn
185 - Part 6 Chapter 29 9:47 Read by MaryAnn
186 - Part 6 Chapter 30 10:58 Read by MaryAnn
187 - Part 6 Chapter 31 8:01 Read by MaryAnn
188 - Part 6 Chapter 32 9:17 Read by MaryAnn
189 - Part 7 Chapter 1 7:26 Read by MaryAnn
190 - Part 7 Chapter 2 9:35 Read by MaryAnn
191 - Part 7 Chapter 3 10:29 Read by MaryAnn
192 - Part 7 Chapter 4 7:36 Read by MaryAnn
193 - Part 7 Chapter 5 5:23 Read by MaryAnn
194 - Part 7 Chapter 6 5:00 Read by MaryAnn
195 - Part 7 Chapter 7 8:21 Read by MaryAnn
196 - Part 7 Chapter 8 6:56 Read by MaryAnn
197 - Part 7 Chapter 9 6:54 Read by MaryAnn
198 - Part 7 Chapter 10 11:33 Read by MaryAnn
199 - Part 7 Chapter 11 6:26 Read by MaryAnn
200 - Part 7 Chapter 12 7:38 Read by MaryAnn
201 - Part 7 Chapter 13 8:25 Read by MaryAnn
202 - Part 7 Chapter 14 13:20 Read by MaryAnn
203 - Part 7 Chapter 15 6:48 Read by MaryAnn
204 - Part 7 Chapter 16 6:27 Read by MaryAnn
205 - Part 7 Chapter 17 10:26 Read by MaryAnn
206 - Part 7 Chapter 18 7:45 Read by MaryAnn
207 - Part 7 Chapter 19 6:26 Read by MaryAnn
208 - Part 7 Chapter 20 10:05 Read by MaryAnn
209 - Part 7 Chapter 21 12:10 Read by MaryAnn
210 - Part 7 Chapter 22 6:22 Read by MaryAnn
211 - Part 7 Chapter 23 8:37 Read by MaryAnn
212 - Part 7 Chapter 24 10:28 Read by MaryAnn
213 - Part 7 Chapter 25 11:33 Read by MaryAnn
214 - Part 7 Chapter 26 9:54 Read by MaryAnn
215 - Part 7 Chapter 27 6:18 Read by MaryAnn
216 - Part 7 Chapter 28 9:39 Read by MaryAnn
217 - Part 7 Chapter 29 6:30 Read by MaryAnn
218 - Part 7 Chapter 30 8:40 Read by MaryAnn
219 - Part 7 Chapter 31 11:10 Read by MaryAnn
220 - Part 8 Chapter 1 8:46 Read by MaryAnn
221 - Part 8 Chapter 2 7:34 Read by MaryAnn
222 - Part 8 Chapter 3 5:52 Read by MaryAnn
223 - Part 8 Chapter 4 5:08 Read by MaryAnn
224 - Part 8 Chapter 5 5:39 Read by MaryAnn
225 - Part 8 Chapter 6 6:05 Read by MaryAnn
226 - Part 8 Chapter 7 5:13 Read by MaryAnn
227 - Part 8 Chapter 8 5:31 Read by MaryAnn
228 - Part 8 Chapter 9 5:25 Read by MaryAnn
229 - Part 8 Chapter 10 6:53 Read by MaryAnn
230 - Part 8 Chapter 11 7:14 Read by MaryAnn
231 - Part 8 Chapter 12 9:12 Read by MaryAnn
232 - Part 8 Chapter 13 6:19 Read by MaryAnn
233 - Part 8 Chapter 14 10:05 Read by MaryAnn
234 - Part 8 Chapter 15 8:50 Read by MaryAnn
235 - Part 8 Chapter 16 7:47 Read by MaryAnn
236 - Part 8 Chapter 17 5:29 Read by MaryAnn
237 - Part 8 Chapter 18 6:56 Read by MaryAnn
238 - Part 8 Chapter 19 6:51 Read by MaryAnn

Reviews

Excellent reading; would listen again!


(5 stars)

To those unfamiliar with this book, it is one of the most famous novels of all time. Tolstoy is a master of explaining human emotion, and is as much a psychoanalyst as a fiction writer. By reading this book one can get more familiar with their own to thoughts & emotions, which is I think the point - the actual plot line is secondary in importance to the dialogue between the characters & their associated thoughts, as explained by Tolstoy. Don't worry if you already know the ending to the book, almost all people who read it already know the ending before they start, but try to enjoy the dialogue on each page & connect it with the way you think and act in your own daily life, and the personalities of the people you have met over the years.

Response regarding French Pronunciation


(0 stars)

dfkinjer is correct - I don't speak French. I never had the opportunity to study French in school and now that I am working full time, I don't have time to take lessons. I did consult several on-line text-to-speech pronunciation guides for every French word and passage. That was one of the most time consuming aspects of reading this book and it is precisely that which has stopped me thus far from tackling volume 2 of War and Peace. Having listened to some of the English renditions these websites put forth, I am not surprised that my attempt to mimic on-line text-to-speech French falls far short of a native speaker. I assure you that my Russian is just as bad as my French. If my inability to speak French (or Russian) is going to bother you, then I suggest that you not listen to this audiobook. For my part, I had a wonderful time reading this book. Tolstoy is a story-teller of the highest caliber. I am thankful for the team of volunteers at LibriVox and the internet platform provided by Internet Archive which together make it possible for me (and many others like me, mostly amateurs who pursue this as a hobby in our free time) to read the books that we love and make them available at no charge to whoever chooses to listen.

Best LibriVox performance


(5 stars)

Despite the overall Victorian style, Tolstoy shows glimpses of a new way of writing that creates a vivid picture of the world in this book. 90% of the book feels like Middlemarch by George Elliot, but better. The other 10% has glimpses of 20th century authors like Hemingway. It’s way too long but still incredibly well written. The narrator, Mary Ann Spiegel, does a fantastic job, speaks clearly, and conveys different characters personalities effectively.

Maryann Spiegel Rocks


(5 stars)

I first heard Maryann read War and Peace on Librivox but within a few chapters the readers were so much less skilled that I needed to leave that book! I was very glad to find Maryann voicing another timeless Tolstoy great.


(3 stars)

Nice story stretched thin in content due to its length and many chapters deviating from the main subject. Perhaps a matter of taste or perhaps a matter of times changing.

A Double Dose of Brilliance in “Anna Karenina”


(5 stars)

. Romance, Suffering, and Brilliance in Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” My previous experience with Tolstoy isn’t that much different from the one Woody Allen relates in his joke about speed reading. The joke goes like this— “I read War and Peace last night. It’s about Russia.” My experience with Anna Karenina involves Greta Garbo, who did both a silent film version of the book and a “talkie.” I’ve seen both. They’re about this beautiful actress named Greta Garbo. Obviously, Greta made quite the impression on me. I hadn’t a clue what the story was about, for upon seeing Greta, I became the slack jawed yokel, Cletus, from the Simpsons. My more recent encounter with the book is a far more diverse one. In this case I have to admit that I haven’t “read” it; I had it read to me by a woman, no doubt as beautiful as Garbo, who read it for the free book project, Librivox. In this case though, instead of the woman being a distraction, she was is in fact a terrific teacher. Her name is MaryAnn Spiegel. I can’t think of a single Hollywood actress, including my favorite Meryl Streep, who could have done a better job with the project, for an actress’s job includes using facial expressions to convey meaning, while Ms. Spiegel has only her articulation and modulation of voice. Spiegel’s work is a great tour de force. Every word is clearly pronounced, and in the multiple languages which Tolstoy uses in his book. Spiegel seamlessly moves from character to character giving each a distinct tone such that it’s easy to know who is speaking. But much more than this, what Spiegel does is enunciate the meaning of the words expressed. Spiegel is someone who has obviously carefully studied the work and understands it well. Indeed, I would never have understood the book with the level of understanding I attained from hearing Ms. Spiegel’s expressed inferences from the narrative and dialogue. I came to this decisive conclusion after reading a few pages of the book myself. Indeed, I think Cletus himself would actually understand the book to a fairly decent extent if he listened to MaryAnn Spiegel’s reading/performance. It’s a lengthy book, so the quality that Spiegel maintains throughout it is extraordinary. The same can of course be said of the book’s author. Technically, I suppose the book is a Romance. But it reaches the “brightest heaven of invention” with the parallel stories taking place within it and the fact that we don’t get lost wondering who is who in a book as well populated as this one. The book is a serious work of literature. As great as Dickens is, one cannot say that he reached this level of sophistication. For instance, there is a death scene that is heart-wrenching; one tears up, but it’s not a “tear jerker” scene. Moreover, there is significant suspense in the scene because there is an outside chance that the person might live. Oscar Wilde’s observation is salient in this regard, for he said, “You would need to have a heart of stone not to laugh at the death of Little Nell,” a character in Dickens’ book, The Old Curiosity Shop. There’s not much sentimentality in Tolstoy’s masterpiece, but what one gets in its place is stark reality. Tolstoy understands both the praiseworthy and the defamatory inclinations of the human heart, and what’s more, he realizes that they often abide in the same heart—at least in those that have a smattering of depth to them. That is ultimately what is so mesmerizing about Tolstoy’s novel: it has a sweeping narrative that covers much territory, and much of that territory is the pathfinder observations by someone of extreme intelligence and insight. The characters in Anna Karenina are from the upper strata of Russian society, so they perhaps to a greater extent than most people fall into the two categories that Christopher Hitchens described so well when he wrote: “To be a spoiled person is not to be well-off or favored by fortune or protected from brute realities. It is to be well-off and favored by fortune and protected from brute realities and not to know it.” Many of the characters understand the distinction in this novel, if not at its beginning; they do at its end. Don’t worry if you think this book might be over your head, because you, like me, will have MaryAnn Spiegel to help guide you along through one of the great novels, and you’ll finish this book a better person for it.

I enjoyed the book much more than I anticipated, reading mediocre


(3 stars)

I enjoyed this book quite a lot, though I was skeptical. I had decided to try it because it is listed on one of those lists of classics that one should read some time before kicking the bucket. I'm left with certain questions about why Tolstoy did what he did with part 8, and I will look for analyses of the book to see what others think. As far as the reading - it was mediocre. I've had some much better readers from Librivox. One aspect that detracted from the quality of the reading was MaryAnn Speigel's pronunciation of French. Considering that so many times the characters speak in French, it would have improved the quality of the readin had she made the effort to learn how to read French.

Something to Make the Russian Giant Proud


(5 stars)

This magnificent reading by Spiegal and the rest of the Librovox team should be something of a new gold standard in audiobooks, something which others can learn from. The reader's voice is clear and articulate, her pace is steady, and she's consistent without being over-the-top when she's transitioning between the genders' voices (eg. from Levan's to Kitty's). She makes a few minor errors of pronunciation, relegated only to foreign terms. But this is a very small criticism indeed. This reading was professional and delivered in a fashion as transcendent as the text itself. A masterful performance.