I don't know which is more boring, the simpering superficiality of peacetime Russian society, or the endless speculation among officers at war, but I will say the most irritating thing about this audio book is the lisping narrator whose characters sound even more wearied than I.
The narrator, who already has a pronounced though not objectionable British accent, insists on doing voices for all the characters -- young women, old women, old men....and they are done as stereotypes. It's like a cartoon and after a few hours I just couldn't listen anymore. I felt I was not being allowed to form my own impression of a character, so strong was the narrator's influence.
This book is very long. I usually enjoy a good long book, but this one wasn't long in any good way. It was simply very long. It took me a couple of months to get through it. Bits and pieces are brilliant, but not everything and there was simply too much of it.
The narrator is great. The sample made me hesitate, but after a couple of minutes I got used to him and after a while couldn't imagine the book with any other narrator.
I would listen to the last half again yes. I would listen to the epilogue several times after that.
His performance was EPIC! The editing and mixing was at times very distracting.
I found the first half challenging because it was so tedious. The next third was entertaining. The remainder was challenging because of its philosophizing nature, but it might have been my favorite part. I had to rewind several times to make sure that I captured everything.
Know your Napoleon history before you begin.Don't put it down. Keep pushing. It is worth it!
Frederick Davidson RUINED this amazing book with the worst narration ever. His nasally voice and feeble attempt at voicing the speech of Russian aristocracy was horrible. I wasted a download on this book and lost a lot of confidence in Audible for posting such rubbish as an option to buy.
He is the worst ever. I will never get another book by him. He sounds like a nasally snob who does a horrible job trying to paint a picture of Russian aristocracy. He ruined the book for me. I want my money back!
No, simply because of the performance.
I want my money back for this wasted purchase.
I'm glad I had the patience to persevere but good grief, how many different ways can one say the same thing over and over.... but I guess considering the time it was written it was a masterpiece of its time.
Well read, marathon of a novel. May not have stuck with it if I was reading it myself.
Depiction of battle scenes.
The differing intonation of his voice for different characters was helpful.
The travails of the main characters elicit emotion.
So many stories interwoven in this lengthy classic novel. Some parts really pulled me in to the lives and times of the Russian and French war.
The narrator was reading the book in a manner that you really had to concentrate to understand what he was saying most times.
No, the books are good, but the Audible version is terrible. I could not finish it.
slurred speech, he ruined the characters.
None, the BOOK is great. The narrator however..
I regret spending money on this Audible book.
War and Peace describes Russian society during the Napoleonic Wars through the eyes of its ruling classes, its military leaders, even through the eyes of Napoleon. It is also a philosophical treatise on human nature, society, and war. A deeply humanistic work and rightly considered a literary masterpiece.
The narrator manages to convey the intonation and emotions of a wide caste of characters without ever losing the thread. Quite a feat and much easier to listen than to read!