I will not lie that I had my doubts when beginning this audiobook. The accent in which the narrator spoke seemed a bit annoying and harder to follow compared to the other audiobooks I've heard. But once you get introduced to the characters and get more conditioned to the narrator (who actually did a phenomenal job and deserves some kind of award for his 60 hour performance), you will look forward to your journey into Russia's high society and fall in love with this book.
The combination of the beloved characters, profound philosophies, and fascinating historical perspective makes this a capital read.
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I've been alive for 38 years so far and I would never had thought that I would read "War and Peace." It feels like I've been reading this book for months and I can't remember what I read previously. I've always wanted to read War and Peace ever since my high school teacher explained to us the beehives metaphor. I thought it would be a good way to enjoy the rest of the summer to spend two weeks with this novel.
It is amazing and grueling all at the same time. There was a point where I just hit the wall and couldn't read anymore and needed to go outside and play, but the craft of writing is so good that I wanted to finish it.
I concur, that this is one of the finest literature works that has been written. It is something that you should try to tackle in your lifetime. Either you are listening or reading the text, it is something that you need to pick up, if you enjoy reading.
There are many of us that accomplish this task and appreciate Leo Tolstoy's drama.
I'm not too sure that I will read War and Peace again, but I'm really glad that I read the beginning to end.
I would. This time, I would start with a list of featured characters and take important notes as I listened.
What I liked bast was the authors ability to keep me engaged throughout the entire saga.
This book is the calculous of war. It is war broken down into it's most minute slices and described in detail.
Although some of the characters seem so naive by todays standards, when taken in the proper context they spring to life.
It's epic. It's incredible.
I don't know which is more boring, the simpering superficiality of peacetime Russian society, or the endless speculation among officers at war, but I will say the most irritating thing about this audio book is the lisping narrator whose characters sound even more wearied than I.
The narrator, who already has a pronounced though not objectionable British accent, insists on doing voices for all the characters -- young women, old women, old men....and they are done as stereotypes. It's like a cartoon and after a few hours I just couldn't listen anymore. I felt I was not being allowed to form my own impression of a character, so strong was the narrator's influence.
This book is very long. I usually enjoy a good long book, but this one wasn't long in any good way. It was simply very long. It took me a couple of months to get through it. Bits and pieces are brilliant, but not everything and there was simply too much of it.
The narrator is great. The sample made me hesitate, but after a couple of minutes I got used to him and after a while couldn't imagine the book with any other narrator.
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.