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.
I am a retired business man who wanted to be a History teacher.at the age of 81 Im catching up on my favourite historical characters & event
It's great to finish the second volume but it was tough going at times.The ridiculous imbalance between the haves and the have nots explains how Communism came about it it should be a lesson to all dictators in the World that their time is not endless.A great performance by narrator Neville Jason
A truly classic novel. You SHOULD read it, not just because its in the canon, because it's beautiful. The performance was a tour de force.
Still taking it all in well after the fact, just like all great experiences in life.
Skipped the epilogues due to many recommendations and after 15 minutes of listening I can see why. But who cares? The first 55 hours are transformative not just for the characters, but the reader as well. Read. This. Book. Its worth it. Tolstoy does most of the heavy lifting anyways.
Neville Jason is an absolute master as well.