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.
no, not sure what else they have written
I tried it, but I am not a huge fiction fan and this one is written with lots of dialoge
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.
Davidson is a terrific reader. He creates dozens of characters with his voice, each one quite suitable, and maintains them over 1300 pages. He also manages to read Tolstoy’s repetitive essays on the myth of the great man and the force of a people without going nuts, which is more than you would do if you were reading it yourself.
While Tolstoy is annoying at times, there is no denying the power of the work. You gain a sense of Russian isolation and are forced to consider what does drive human history, even if you don’t agree with Tolstoy’s explanation.
The beauty of listening to books is when I get a good one I don't want to stop....so I create excuses to have my headphones in, long runs and bike rides, hikes with the dogs, cleaning the house.
This book was so good I trained for a half marathon and my house was very clean.
Couldn't stand how the narrator pronounced the Russian names.
No. Besides the names, overall this narrator was hard to listen to for me.
This is a history book, war story and love story all in one book.
I wish women would narrate women's voices.
I was totally surprised by how much I enjoyed the love story aspect/portions of this book.
Most military officers will love this book. The first few hours are TOUGH as the dozen plus characters are introduced. Hang in there. Once you are hooked, YOU ARE HOOKED for 60+ hours.
No, I would not due to difficult narration.
I am sure this is a great book but I'll never find out because I couldn't get past the narrator. I prefer narration that simply reads the book with enough vocal variation to get the point across that different characters are speaking. Frederic Davidson tries too hard to add stylization and ends up getting in the way of the story.
Say something about yourself!
A great book of history through story. I love the breakdown and background the author gives as well as his explanation of history and opinion.
As I listened it reminded me of a cross between the TV Drama "The Paradise" and 'Saving Private Ryan" with a sprinkle of illuminate.
I like the narrator - dose great female voice that brings a smile. I heard him before, narrating 'The History of the World' another 60+ hour book that he makes an easy listen.