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.
While the narrator does a very good job I found his pace so slow that I would lose track. This problem was solved by speeding the playback to 1.5x. Never had to do that before, but from that point on was able to become immersed in War and Peace.
I did find the narrator's British accent distracting. Is there an English Version with a Russian accented narrator?
I like to read but listening is better.
Wow. It took me forever to finish but it was absolutely worth it. I loved this tome. I'm glad I have read this book, and not only because I can brag about it :). It's pretty amazing. Not only is this a great novel, but it actually works as a great nonfiction work as well, because there is so much history in it. And the history is not only war, but also society, and even philosophy and the study of history itself.
I will say that I used the Shmoop chapter summaries as a "companion" to reading the work itself. That really, really helped me; especially in the beginning when it was difficult to keep track of the characters. I was struggling during the first "part" of the book, but eventually I got comfortable and really enjoyed it.
The narrator is perfect.
This book is of course considered to be a classic and its deserving of that title.
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I enjoyed the narration. I can see how he could be a matter of preference. I liked him fine, but man oh man, I don't care if it's deemed classical masterpiece by accredited scholars, it was the most boring story ever. I like classics, I even like history, especially European history, but this truly was a trial to get through.
I loved Anna Karenina, and so I was excited when this showed up on sale. Well, my book OCD made me finish it, but nothing memorable happened as far as my mind recollects.
Tolstoy encapsulates the youth of privileged Russia during the Napoleonic era with such vivid detail that he takes the reader back to his/her own experiences of growing up and finding oneself. This epic story spans decades and engrosses the reader from start to finish.
Tolstoy's epilogue which is a philosophical commentary on the driving force behind the actions of man is as engaging as it is true today. Leaving the characters that survive the story behind in such completeness, to discuss his own views of the cause of the Napoleonic war and other wars for that matter, shows the true Christian heart from which Tolstoy wrote the story.
Read and enjoy this marvelous novel and cherish all that Leo Tolstoy gives us in his amazing characters.
I thought Mr. Davidson's narration was superb--but he has a very distinctive voice and style, and I can see how it would rub some people the wrong way. I recommend listening to the sample before committing to this version, but it has my endorsement! War and Peace is a breathtaking story; I can't think of anything else quite like it. This reading commanded my rapt attention from beginning to end.
Lev Tolstoy himself did not consider this a novel; while it does contain a telling of several precious artistocratic families' ordeals, it also lays out the Christian Anarchist case against war, and most amusingly against the historians of his day (the mid-19th century). These think pieces, or editorials, were my favorite parts of the book. But it's also delightful how they explain what happens to these aristocrats, who quite frankly haven't the first clue of how their own behavior is driving events, and how reality is crushing their genteel lifestyle.
The epic scope of this book, I feel, is probably best appreciated in Audiobook format, where it can wash over you and past you and never get bogged down.
Also, Frederick Davidson (a.k.a. David Case) was one of the best narrators ever, starting with "Books on Tape", and mastering the ability to deliver distinct voices for each character (even just passing soldiers). If you've never heard any of his work, you're missing out on a master.