This is a world classic.Although it might seem long and tedious,this should not frighten you.
Every sentence is narrated beautifully by Neville Jason who did an incredible job.
He narrates with great sensitivity and gives each character his/her unique ,discernable voice.
He seems to have a deep understanding of the text as well as of the characters ,adding a dimension of empathy to their stories.
I enjoyed every minute of listening,looking forward to the next sentence.
War and Peace is jusifiably a top world classic of all times................Enjoy!
This applied to both volumes. The book is famously long, so I might want to listen again, but a few years down the road. The vast panorama of Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia is covered in all phases with historical accuracy and a large cast of diverse characters. Tolstoy's psychological insights are right-on and applicable today. His descriptions of the battles are mesmerizing - you can almost smell the gunpowder. Truly a literary masterpiece, but requiring a bit more work on the part of the listener/reader than Anna K.
The retreat of Napoleon from Moscow (to be duplicated by Hitler over a century later - didn't he read War and Peace?) induced by the spirit and tactics of the out-manned Russian military (with an assist from the Russian winter).
This is a close call between several, but I have to go with Prince Andre.
No, for an obvious reason.
The performance by N. Jason was brilliant. I wish I could give him more than 5 stars. Simply the best performance in any audio book I have listened to. Makes you feel that you are sitting in a movie theater.
Two suggestions: obtain before reading:
1. A list of characters and their relationships.
2. Maps of the Napoleonic invasion, esp. the battle of Borodino.
I found both on the Internet.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
It's all good.
He is fantastic. Consistent and easy to listen to.
Just love this book.
Do yourself a favour and listen to this book. Then buy a copy of the book, read it yourself. What ever you do, don't watch the 1950s Hollywood production of War & Peace. The novel is so much better.
Prince Andrea destroyed himself on stubbornness and his refusal to forgive until it was too late.
The worst decisions made in life are usually overreactions to things that you have no control of anyway. To love life is to love god. And in order to love life you must love the inevitability of your own suffering and happiness.
This book starts me on a journey to read more Tolstoy
The narrator is exceptional. All the characters come to life and are very discernible. A very excellent book with a truly talented narrator
It took me a while to get into it but once I did I began to appreciate why it's one of the best novels ever written. Tolstoy is a brilliant theologian and made me think in new ways. The performance is very well done, it's not light hearted but a worthwhile read.
Neville Jason's narration was easy to listen to, however his characters' voices weren't as developed as some of my other favorite narrators.
The story itself is rather good, however it took me a long time to become engrossed in it. I did not care much for the philosophical rants and feel that it killed the ending for me.