Overview (No Spoilers): Once upon a time in graduate school, circa 2012, a group of my graduate fellow graduate students and I ventured out of our dark labs to watch the newest movie to hit the theatres, Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law. After shedding many tears and loving the story, despite the heartbreaking conclusion, my coworker and good friend Jayda soon let me borrow her copy of this classic. Alas, the book in question proceeded to collect dust on my bookshelf ever since. I was reminded of the neglected Anna Karenina upon perusing my local library’s selection of audiobooks, with the specific intent of finding a classic I had yet to read. Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed my first foray into a Tolstoy novel, quickly becoming immersed in the extremely detailed, drama filled lives of key characters, e.g., Anna, Dolly, Kitty, Vronskey. I particularly appreciated how feelings toward specific characters, from the perspective of the reader, evolved over time. For example, initially I was charmed by Anna, coming under her spell, as did every character she encountered throughout the text. However, as the story proceeded, I found my feeling toward this tragic character shift from adoration toward sympathy, before taking on various shades of annoyance, pity and frustration. Additionally, my analytical mind was in paradise with the level of detail and complex relationships employed by Tolstoy to weave his masterpiece. One of my favorite sections was centered on Konstantin’s musings on hard work as he was cutting the hay with the peasants. The audiobook for Anna Karenina was approximately 35 hours long, however the last ten hours or so seemed to drag after the main character relationship dramas had been resolved, leaving the final long chapters to be consumed by long monologues, ruminating on political and religious philosophies. Overall, despite being a rather lengthy undertaking, Anna Karenina was beautifully elegant in construction, yet tragically heartbreaking in conclusion.