Anna Karenina is probably the single most moving work of literature ever written. Tolstoy is a master of his craft. After working on this book for several years- molding and trying to understand Anna and create both her and Levin so that they could both be the inspiring characters they have become- Tolstoy finally completed his work and created an equivalent to the Mona Lisa! I love Anna Karenina- every character so real, Tolstoy's message so clear. I've read this book several times and have found it to be more fulfilling each time- every meticulously composed passage so brilliant and beutiful! Thus, I could not give any version of Anna Karenina any less than five stars. However, I do not believe justice can be done to Tolstoy or his years of dedication in creating Anna by abridging his work. I know its a long book but trust me its worth the time and effort! Read the real thing- this simply cannot do it justice.