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.
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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.
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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.
I really like the narrator, he's very easy to listen to and has a very agreeable voice.
The performance of the narrator is perfect. I could not imagine War and Peace performed any other way.
He acts out each character but without drawing too much attention to his performance; it's just the right mix. Also, he understands the text well enough to convey subtle meaning through his tone.
Had I been able to sit for 30 (60 total for both volumes) I certainly would have.
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On the whole this is a hurculean task that is done very well. My only quibble, which at times becomes difficult to deal with, is that the female voices are done in a way that makes them sound silly and brainless, almost a parody. There would have been ways of rendering those voices in a way that would have given them more depth and character. Aside from that the reader does well and is pleasant to listen to over the entire length of the book.
I highly recommend this audiobook because of the narrator. Although I prefer Peavar and Volokhonsky's translation of War and Peace, Neville Jason reads so brilliantly that his narration takes precedence over the translation. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy rich Russian literature at its best on audiobook.
Neville Jason brings life to the characters far better than I could have done reading on my own.
The book transports you to Aristocrat Russia, and it gives you a great history class on aristocracy, france, russia, Napoleon, etc...
Though the characters are somehow naive, and the story feels like a soap opera, it gives enough food for though..