I went into War and Peace relatively blind but knowing I should read this classic. I did not realize this was more about the aristocracy of Russia than decision making at the highest levels of government. While it certainly does have that, it often serves as background to see how it impacts the lives of the characters. Given the length of the work, I am unlikely to read the entire thing again, but bits and pieces will serve me in the future.
His voice changes for the women were, at first, comical, but as I progressed, he seemed to really capture the airs of the aristocracy for both sexes. Now I would not be able to unhear his voice if I read a passage by any of the characters.
I'm sure the story is good but I couldn't get past the first hour. I'm gonna have to either read it or buy a version narrated by someone else.
I just couldn't stick with it long enough to understand any of it. The language and accent were not understandable to me.
I hoped to be able to listen to it because I had seen the movie back when I was in 8th grade, and I think it's important to read classic literature, but I just couldn't listen to this. I did listen to approximately 4 hours of it, but still had not connected with it in any way so I gave up.
Johan Andolf från mölndal i Sverige.
Jag gillar allt som har med Napoleon att göra och boken histora är bra.
Uppläsningen är riktigt dålig, teatralisk på ett dåligt sätt.
Denna bok har dåligt ljud.
Frederick Davidson absolutely massacres the text. Do yourself a favor and listen to at least 2 minutes of the sample audio and ask yourself whether you can live with that voice for 60 hours. I surely could not. Davidson delivers the story in an annoyingly affected nasal tone apparently intended to convey a sense of "aristocracy" more than it conveys the actual content or meaning of the text. Indeed, the pace, tone and inflection of the narrative makes it difficult to even follow the story. I have been an Audible subscriber for years, and have listened to at least 150 audiobooks. This is literally the worst audiobook presentation I have ever heard. Davidson is on my absolute do-not-buy list.
I noticed only one other person mentioned the download is OUT OF ORDER and some parts were repeated, also, several parts words were skipped, making the entire experience confusing. No one else dealt with this? Great book, just a shame I had to listen it to it like this and try and figure out the proper order. At first I did not like the narrator, however, eventually he grew on me.
The chapters in the download are mixed up. Part 1 seemed to have a mix up at the very end. Part 2 had the last three chapters mixed up. Did not get beyond part 2 as I was lost in the process. Up to that point the book, although tough to follow, was good and the narrator did a good job.
The all-time best novel ever written. OK, you can argue that. I haven't read them all. The best novel I've ever read. For me Frederick Davidson was an acquired taste, but after being subjected to readers who mumble the ends of sentences, vary their voice volumes, read too fast, whistle the s's or over pronounce the t's and d's at the ends of words, give the same voice to all the characters, get into a fast discernable rhythm, or give women characters unendurably high pitched voices, I treasure every story he's read.
This is the only way to go to "read" this novel. It's amazingly intricate and a little tough to learn the characters but soon the listener becomes comfortable with who and what each character is about. I admit to being somewhat bored by the author's sermonizing in between the story parts but otherwise enjoyed this long tale.