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Maggie Gyllenhaal Anna Karenina audiobook clip

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Courtesy Audible

Maggie Gyllenhaal will perform Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina in a new audiobook from Audible, out July 12. Check out the first clip from what the actress calls “one of the major accomplishments of my work life.”

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,” Gyllenhaal said in a statement. “There were places where I thought, ‘If I don’t give Alexey Alexanderovich 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.'”

She continued, “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,” she went on. “It was so challenging and so deep, a real pleasure.”

Below, hear the first clip from the new Anna Karenina audiobook, available July 12 on Audible.