After finishing part 2 I realized I had zero grasp of the storyline and found myself thinking about other things while I listened.
I cannot bare to listen to this narrator another second. Needless to say, I bought another War and Peace narrated by someone else.
Overly pompous Brit reading a Russian novel I couldn't get passed it so ordered another book with a different narrator.
i can't finish it
He makes period length pauses at commas or close-quotes. His representation of women's voices is degrading. The combination of the two makes the book, for me, unlistenable. Will have to work my way through it in print.
War and Peace is the holy grail of literature. It is long and sprawling and Russian. Often called the 'best novel ever written' I looked forward for close to 40 years to climb this Everest of literature. A good book, especially a classic novel I want to move me and change my life. That is why they survive after all the time period's romance novels are dust, right? After a third of the way through the book I thought 'here comes the insight.' After half the book was under my belt i thought 'surely the second half will make the tedium worth it.' After finishing it and reading Tolstoy's 'add-ons' at the end I thought redemption would be mine. But they left me even more disappointed... From this novel I gained no insight, no revelations about humanity. Perhaps I should have read this as a younger man...
The characters, the story, the writing. I appreciate the absolute brilliance it took to make such a sprawling story. I appreciate the intellect that could produce so many pages which do make sense... It is the lack of feeling and insight which I have been blessed with by so many other classical novels that disappointed me.
Andrei Bolkonsky. The only character I felt was not cookie cutter or an obvious literary device. He feels like a human being to me and was a sincerely interesting character to follow. I really did enjoy the reading it is only the book that I take issue with.
I have to be honest, it was not. Besides having 'bragging rights' (I do not read to brag, but to learn and become a better human being, especially when the book is classical literature) I am just that much older and confused as to why this book has the reputation it does.
I apologize for not appreciating the 'best novel ever written.' I sincerely mean no offense. I found not the insight and depth to this that I have in so many other classical novels, which is what I enjoy reading the most. I still believe one should read a book and come up with one's own opinion and completely respect an opinion which contradicts mine and believe that person and I could have a wonderful conversation about our differing feelings. But only a sincere conversation where both parties listen and neither one is only attempting to 'convert' the other... XD
Frederick Davidson was the perfect man for the narration of this novel. There is no way that I would have read through this mammoth work without getting frustrated with the Russian And French names and dialogues; furthermore, I would have never made it through a recording of the book if it were to have been spoken by a boring drab voice.
I attempted one to read this drama, but was put off by the complexity. Now 30 years later and driving... It was a great time filler and companion. I know I missed so much on just one lust. Therefor will be listening again and again. This is ageless. Must read or listen for all. Perhaps not for everyone at a specific age but during a lifetime.
The translation kept a lot of Tolstoy's humor, historical context and social commentary.
Most scenes with Natasha Rostova. She sounds like fun.