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.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
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!
I have listened to several audiobooks narrated by Frederick Davidson, but this one is unlistenable. He moves in and out away from the microphone constantly causing dips and peaks in volume that are just intolerable. You can even hear pages being turned occasionally!I suspect that this may be one of the earliest titles he's recorded because other books read by him have been quite pleasurable. Unfortunately, this one is unlistenable. It really should be taken down and re-recorded.
Maintain a consistent distance to his microphone.
You don't cut classics like War and Peace.
I want my money back so I can get a recording of this book that I can listen to!
It ranks as a classic among classics. This was the finest book to come out of the Russian classic literature era.
I believe this book stands on its own and I would be hard pressed to compare another one to it.
Just the pure pronunciation of all the French words that I have always had problems with in any novel that contains that language.
War in a time of peace.
This is a book that is so big, I just would not deign to tackle it as a sit down and read book. That is the main reason I bought this version. Very interesting classic. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys classic literature.
I am 57 years old and I have tried to read 'War and Peace' many times throughout my adult reading life; all with little success. Rarely have I read past the first section. What I discovered in having it read to me, was that it flowed on and on and I got into a rhythm of listening. Also I could be active with other physical projects and that helped to let time pass - painting, knitting, cleaning, gardening - all with Leo Tolstoy's great work being read to me.Dear reader - I finished it!
Interestingly the aspect that I found most intriguing and enjoyable, was that a European history was being told without any reference to Britain. Please do not think I am an Anglophobe, far from it, I was raised on British history and the 'glories' of Empire; but this lead me to clearly see that Anglo-centredness was not everything. In 'War and Peace' the history-telling is part fact and part fiction, but it is completely focussed on Russia and France with some German and Austrian seasoning. I appreciated the contrast to my own knowledge.I came to know the characters and their stories well. Each one was drawn beautifully and each one had his or her important place within the tale. I am not saying that any character was fully human, each one seemed to me to represent an aspect or 2 or 6 of humanness. Certainly I felt bereft when the book ended and there was no more Pierre, Natasha or Princess/Countess Marya in my life.
Clear, flexible, unobtrusive
Nothing extreme, other than the length!
I really valued the epilogue which Tolstoy uses as an exegesis of his beliefs about power and, obviously, war and peace. Although written over a century ago, he can still speak to us in our time of the risks, dangers, evils of seeking power by force.I have read Anna Karenina, but I will now listen to it also and hope to hear the voice of Leo Tolstoy in this his 2nd great novel