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.
New Englander Living in Latin America
Amazing, illuminating, intelligent
The sweeping history encompassed in this work is breath taking.
The characters were so beautifully and meticulously created, both fictional and historical, and read by Frederick Davidson it was impossible to pick one of the 20-30 there were. However, my favorite was one who didn't last long, Petya Rostov. Piotr was the main voice in the work narrating much of the history through his experiences which were formidable. The character that Tolstoy illuminated most for me was Napoleon. Tolstoy's revealed a Napoleon that shed much light on the wars and fate of European countries that I hadn't discovered previously. It was amazing.
I cried when Petya Rostov went into battle so young and ...
Frederick Davidson was superb. He had an amazing command of the book and it's characters. His accents were beautiful and gave so much depth to the reading. He freaked me out a little with the British accent (in a Russian book) and a Cockney accent for the Russian Peasants, however, I don't know who else could have read the book so well.
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.