War and peace is not a book it is a journey!
As someone who loves to read non-fiction primarily books on history and military strategy, listening t war and peace was very different. But yet it has changed my outlook on history and life. The questions raised by Tolstoy over hundred years ago are still fresh and makes you stop and think. Neville Jason has done an awesome job with narration I do not think it could be better.
Overall there are so many moments that I stop and go "WOW". The observations on human emotion at the the time of war and its contrast with peace is vivid and eye opening. I would highly recommend this book!!
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.
Listening to books makes my mundane tasks so much more palatable.
This is a terrific novel, and the narrator is one of the best I have heard to date. Neville Jason changes between the character seamlessly. His reading is dramatic, but not over-the-top.
Obviously the story is a commitment, but it is a worthy one. Get through the first few hours and you will be hooked.
War and peace...in history, in relationships, in love, in mariage, in families, in your soul. This is an epic story of each person's quest for meaning and for love and intimacy with God, with man...your neighbour and with the opposite sex. A must to read in your lifetime!
The pleasure I had in Neville Jason's reading of Volume 1 continued unabated through Volume 2. His rendition is intelligent and sensitive and his ability to produce a variety of voices and stay in character with them is a tremendous help to the listener. A great reading of a great novel
Folks who enjoy reading about everyday characters going through years of their uneventful lives, who even through the rare exciting events, learn nothing, may enjoy this book.
Stop building characters and let them have something exciting happen to them. By the way, I greatly enjoyed the level of description Tolstoy employed, and his style of writing--there was just far too much of it without anything of note happening...at all. And I am a bibliophile. I enjoyed the historical context Tolstoy put at the beginning of the books and at key sections. Did not enjoy the constant drivel about men having no significant role in history, that great men were merely objects moved by the hand of God, blah, blah, blah. I am a very religious person, but this became more than tedious to listen to.
Very good characterizations, and knowledge of Russian pronunciations. Excellent dramatization of key emotional parts. Mr. Jason was one of the key reasons I pushed through to the end.
Pierre's foray into Stone Masonry was completely useless to the development of his character, other than to show that he was searching for truth. No spoiler because this plot element was utterly pointless.
Spoiler Alert. Tons of potential. The love story between Andre' and Natasha was heartbreaking. When Pierre began to fall in love with her, I was almost screaming at the book: