Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
I read and reread this book and Neville Jason does an excellent job narrating this book. This is a classic worth reading and this narration worth the listen to. The last few chapters could be missed as Tolstoy puts his own bent on the forces of history, but if you are a student of history, you need to know this. Otherwise, this book is entertaining, surprising easy to read or listen to and a joy to have in your heart. Great stuff this.
The many interesting characters and stories, the contrast in theme between their presence in vivid battlefield scenes and peacetime pursuits, their varied struggles with the great questions of life’s purpose, moral obligations to one’s fellow man, and the path to worldly happiness and spiritual peace all make this work both great and fascinating. With this book I feel I have expanded my circle of understanding to now include a number of 19th Century Russians who have shared their most intimate thoughts and feelings with me. They are described and presented in this book by a master literary craftsman who has portrayed them as real life characters, including all of their faults and foibles.
Tolstoy’s frequent background commentaries are part of the work. They are excellent and lend greater depth to the story. The narrator for this edition is also excellent. You will gain from this book not just an enriching personal experience, but a greater understanding of Russian history and sensibilities emerging from the great struggles against Napoleon. A major time commitment, but well worth your time.
I should have sampled it instead of looking at the number of stars. I personally have difficulty remaining focused when listening to narrators with strong, albeit lovely, British accents. It's not just this book but any to which I listen.
Neville Jason reads exressively, and the characters each have their own unique voices. Very enjoyable.
Very new to audio books, this only was my sixth. But, throughout my life, this novel has stood there as my unreachable goal, always calling to me as something so remarkable to those who had the interest and tolerance for reading, which I so woefully lacked.
It is done now; and, how sad and deprived I now feel with the loss of these characters who were so pervasive in my life during the past seven weeks. They never lived but even if they did, they would have died some 200 years ago. And yet I strongly felt their joys, misfortunes and their loss. Such is the power of the detail and care in which Tolstoy crafted their stories - in war and in peace. I am tempted to restart at the beginning but know that I should wait to revisit later.
Neville Jason's reading was masterful. I can only imagine his ability to maintain the characters as he did over such a lengthy recording process to be the result of great intimacy and caring for them and for the reader. The gradual and natural aging of their voices over the course of their lives was handled with great artistry.
Should you have the time and will to commit to this vast work over a period of time, it is worth the epic journey.
A masterpiece must be displayed correctly so as to to bring forth its full splendor. This allows the viewer the deep experiencing necessary to brings art to life. Neville Jason's narration gives Tolstoy such a display. His intelligence and emotional depth bring War and Piece to life and reveal its timelessness and beauty.
This is a must...to understand our relationship to Russia, history, people, God, literature...in short to understand our role in life. Tolstoy wrote to understand...and we should listen to understand...I am enriched by the effort!
War and Peace gives a historical account of the war between Napolean and Alexander in 19th centry. It is a timeless greatest books in world literature. The stories of four interwoven upper class Russian families??? told by Russia's greatest novelist Leo Tolstoy were unforgettable.
I finished listing this 70-hour audio book in two weeks. The beautiful writing style of Leo Tolstoy and the comfortable voice of narrator Neville are both attractive.
I love Leo Tolstoy???s books and share his view of the world. Besides this book I have also read his another great book: Anna Karenina.
One of the best audio books I've listened to. The narrator is excellent, and the voices he uses to distinguish different characters is very helpful in a book with so many characters. IMHO, the "War" parts are much better than the "Peace" parts. Don't let the beginning of the book dissuade you from listening to more, it does get much better.
Audible has opened up a whole new world of reading that I could not make work in the traditional page turning world. I am on a mission to listen to a wide variety of adventures, mysteries, thrillers, classics, etc. Thank you Audible!
This is a great book and the narrator does an amazing job of making this challenging read come to life. It is long and slow at times but is worth the effort and I am proud to be able to say that I have read/listened to War and Peace.