I tried several times to listen to this narrator; but found his intonation so appallingly blase and unprofessional, that I could no longer bear it. I will join Audiobooks again and download another author who I have sampled and will hopefully enjoy this wonderful book as it was intended to be enjoyed.
"What a shame about the narrator!!!"
I'm sure like many people,I had tried to read this book numerous times before. I had loved Anna Karenina but could just not get into this at all. That is until I got the audio book. I was hooked after the first 10 mins and couldn't wait for the next installment. But what a shame about the narrator!! That's an understatement. Usually the narrator enhances the book for me - not this time - his voice really detracted from the experience. The book by Leo Tolstoy is fabulous and deserves it's reputation - but I would highly recommend listening to this with someone else narrating.
"Just couldn't bear to listen"
I am sorely diaspponted with the narrator of this book - such an affected un-listesnable vocal style. When he immitated the 'aristocratic' characters it was fine but he sounded even more snearing and condescending when in normal prose. Almost as if princes and princesses were below HIM and not worth hos time. At times it even sounded like he was reading out a list rather than painting a picture in words. Horrible Horrible Horrible!!!
"NARRATOR RUINS IT!"
I had to abandon this book because the narrator had the most irritating and distracting voice I've ever come across. Instead I had to buy the other version narrated by Neville Jason. That one has two parts, which of course means using two credits, but it is 10x better. They shouldn't even sell this version, it is truly appalling.
Unhesitatingly recommended, this book is narrated engagingly throughout, superbly acted where relevant and thoroughly enjoyable. As to the book itself, Tolstoy needs no recommendation from me.. a very great book.
"Wonderful novel, irritating reading"
It needs a reader who responds better to Tolstoy's change of mood & tone. Davidson sounds ironic and detached throughout; Tolstoy is sometimes sarcastic, but does take his characters seriously. + there is no need for the reader to try & mimic the voices of the characters. We don't do that mentally when we're reading. Having a male actor mimicking the voice of a young girl simply sounds camp.
The characters are complex and develop through the action. The account of war is extraordinarily vivid, & always linked to the characters' perception.
no - I don't like seeing films of books I've enjoyed.
"Dull delivery, dismal droning."
What a waste of my time and credits. I had great expectations of such a literary classic, however, they were not met by the delivery. Worse than a bored vicar on Sunday morning!
No. Just such poor delivery
Anyone who can read and intone correctly. Had the narrator read any sections?
No, some stories are complete
I didn't finish this, solely due to the poor delivery. It was a monotonous drone, with no intonation, no rises or falls. No soul.
The narrator was very easy to listen to and his timing was very good
The story was long with lots of highs and lows but overall brilliant
"If my wife was an audio book she would be this one"
This is indeed a world classic and the reading matches it in every way.
Nothing more need be said.
Get through the first bit, get used to the readers rather idiosyncratic ( but brilliant ) style and you will be hooked and away.
One credit for sixty hours. Look no further. Just get this.
"How do you read in an interesting voice for hours?"
I enjoyed reading Anna Karenina in print a while back, and I'd intended reading War and Peace at some time, which never actually arrived. So when I got the offer of a free book from Audible, I thought this would be the opportunity to painlessly get through the novel.
I imagine most actors doing recordings of books start off by reading the book through a few times, becoming familiar with the flow of the narrative and developing the right voices for the characters. But with War and Peace? This is an epic book, and it must also have been an epic task for the reader, the late David Case, working here under the pseudonym Frederick Davidson, one of the most prolific audio book narrators. In this case, the characterisations aren't always clear. There are a lot of characters, and it would be helpful to have very different voices for each, but many are similar. Being set in Russia does limit the scope for use of interesting regional accents, and working from a translated text does mean that the dialogue doesn't flow as smoothly as it would if it came from an anglophone writer.
However, despite these limitations, the recording is good and, once you get into it, does keep you listening.