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.
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.
No one can allow themself to go through life without reading 'War and Peace'. It's like seeing the Eiffel Tower, you just have to. I would really wait and save up a few points to download the first and second volume rather than paying the actual price because it isn't worth that much money. This is not the most interesting book in the world, in fact half of it seems like it could have been left out and it would have still been sufficient enough to get the story across. The book switches between two modes. The first is the far reaching tale of the aristocrats of Russian society sitting in their parlors discussing war and planning marriages and then goes on to soldiers in the field fighting Napoleon. The second mode is just a historical and critical view of Napoleon's military tactics and motivations against the Russians during his time as emperor of France. It was insightful at first but after the first few chapters of listening to Napoleon's tactical pros and cons, it got a little old and repetitive. Tolstoy could have easily left most of that out and saved alot fo trees. My biggest complaint with this book is that they spent all of that time translating the Russian into English but they left all of the French as French. So unless you're fluent, prepare to listen dumbfounded in several areas.
It honestly took me over 2 months to finish this but it was worth every minute. Im mentally preparing myself for volume 2, as this was a lot to chew, but damn this book got it all. Love, Jealousy, Loss, Pride-- Thoughts of the old and young-- you could place these characters in modern times and find within them someone in your lifetime that you recognize.