The Poor Performance Ruined a Stunning and Important Novel. Overly affected speaking distracted to the pint that the storylines are lost
Instead of repeating the well-deserved accolades that have been bestowed upon W&P throughout the decades, I offer the following remarks. I found the audiobook much more understandable and therefore more enjoyable when I was able to locate a hardcover copy of W&P. W&P is a long and quite complex work. I believe that most readers need a helping hand in traversing Tolstoy's rugged battlegrounds.
When I contacted Audiobooks, I was informed that print copy of the audio version was unavailable. The following correction is made available: Garnett's unabridged translation of W/P has been published in hardcover format by The Modern Library, Random House, Inc., New York (1994), ISBN 0-679-60084-1 (1,386pps.). It is available through Amazon.com.
I was unable to tolerate the snootiness for more than 20 minutes. I have always wanted to read War and Peace but I knew I would never spend that much time on one book. Audio! But no.
Engineer in St Louis, Missouri, United States
Narration is very good, British voice, very clear, and very consistent
The book, great story that will wrap you in. The length does not become an issue because the story is so good.
The epilogue is not that great, it's like a boring British denouement with a twist of pure philosophy in the last chapters.
Distracting accent (pompous) and would have preferred someone who would do a Russian accent for the Russian characters. Classic book but honestly Tolstoy is not the best story teller. Yeah, I said it.
Struggled with the old school language. If I listened to it again it would still be for the first time. However, it uses the word gay by its original definition, which makes for some humorous visualizations.
The sections played out of order on my iPod Shuffle, with part 10 following part 1 and then (I think) the rest. This caused me considerable confusion, and I'm not sure my ability to follow the plot ever quite recovered. And of course the one time I've actually wanted to return a book I find it marked "not eligible for return".
Tolstoy's masterpiece, which follows the lives of several prominent Russian families, set against the backdrop of the French invasion of Russia in the early 19th Century, is artfully narrated with meticulously crafted and masterfully performed character voices by the legendary David Case (Frederick Davidson).
An absolute delight.