Never Read Anna Karenina? Listen to Maggie Gyllenhaal Bring the Story to Life
If you never hunkered down to read Anna Karenina in college, you're in luck. Russian writer Leo Tolstoy's magnum opus, which tells the gripping story of a women trapped in a loveless marriage who engages in a doomed affair, is widely regarded as one of the greatest novels ever written. But, at 864 pages, it's also undoubtedly one of the longest. That's why we're jazzed Maggie Gyllenhaal has decided to perform an audio book version, now available exclusively on Audible.
Get a dose of the classic in the clip below, where Gyllenhaal reads about the culture of affairs in Karenina's home (in addition to the title character, her brother, Stepan Oblonsky, has a tryst with a French governess). "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," she says, before painting a dark portrait of life at the Oblonsky's house. Listen to the snippet below, and head to audible.com/karenina to download the full audio book.