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.
I haven't read the print version, but I can say that the narrator does a very good job of bringing the story to life.
It's been over a year since I listened to both volumes of W&P. I will listen to it again and again until all the questions and beauty of life are considered. It's that good.
A great thing about audiobooks is I find I'm able to get through lengthy classics I wouldn't have tackled otherwise. Neville Jason made it easy for me to love this novel, making characters so real that it felt like I was watching a movie. There's plenty of action. But what's more surprising is how fresh Tolstoy's observations on people and human nature--about politics, love, and the difficulty of living up to our own ideals--are today. His dry humor would be right at home on Letterman. Kudos also to the production team. Jason obviously doesn't read this all in one sitting, but I almost never noticed the transition between takes that has been a mild distraction in other audiobooks. Great job!
Maybe a condensed version with less emphasis on military actions.
This book just drags along for me...especially the chapters on the military and it's campaign against Buonaparte.
Don't know...it was the material versus the performance that didn't work for me.
....enjoyed characters and their interactions in historical Russian society.
Have enjoyed other books by Tolstoy -- particularly Anna Karenina. Thought I needed to listen to this classic, but instead of looking forward to my next listen, I was dreading it.
Having read it before, I was surprised that the reader used different tones for each character--though the cockney accents for poor people felt weird. It was actually easier to follow all of the names listening to it than reading it.
It captures the feel of Russia at the start of the 19th century.
I'd listen to this narrator any day--clear and capable of conveying a great deal by tone of voice.
Listen to a lot of audio books driving across the wide open spaces of Nevada during monthly 450 mile trips to and from Las Vegas.
There are other performances of this great story, but I don't think anyone could top Neville Jason as a reader. Absolutely terrific!
This is one of the greatest books ever written and Neville Jason does full justice to it as the narrator.
Just a small town boy, trying to make it in the big city.
So there's no question the content is fantastic! Tolstoy is extremely insightful, not just for major events but more importantly, for many of the little moments of life we all live through yet don't necessarily analyses. Wonderful stuff!
But the real thrill here is the narrator, Neville Jason - he's just great and adds so much to this classic. He brings it to life with his intonations. laughter and exclamations. And this takes away the intimidation factor that often plagues readers.
If you always wanted to read W&P but put it off for whatever reason - now's the time. This version will help you enjoy it.