I just wanted to reiterate to those listeners wondering which narrator to listen to that Nevile Jason is the choice to make. I bought the other version originally, trying to save money, thinking 'I don't mind a pompous tone' and it was just unbearable.
Neville Jason is fantastic, and rightly so for this literary triumph.
Neville Jason does a fantastic job narrating this book. Easily the best audiobook I have listened to.
I just completed volume one and am very intrigued. We have explored all these lives, loves and situations and now here comes the storm. Or so I'm lead to believe. Very well read and while not fast paced it is meant to help us observe and think. I would recommend it to anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of classic literature.
Excellent! Leo Tolstoy is as good as it gets, and the narrator did a superb job with all the characters from the youngest ladies to oldest men.
I was never able to get through reading this wonderful piece of historical fiction. Listening to it made the journey through the complex characters and story so much easier. The world that was early 1800's Russia is painted so clearly and the nature of that centuries cultural and political intracies so vivid, I feel I could have lived and experienced it myself.
This recording of Neville Jason reading War and Peace is wonderful and quite a bargain. I listen to audiobooks when I walk, and it took me three months to listen to all of War and Peace (both Volume 1 and Volume 2). Jason's inflection and pacing are flawless. What a pleasure! Note: he is reading the Maude translation.
I've loved Anna Karenina both in print & as an Audible book, but I did not love this.
The interesting parts of the book occur during the "peace" sections of the story. That is when relationships develop & change & when we get a sense of the characters we are dealing with in the story.
The "war" parts of the story often seem to have been used to push Tolstoy's agenda. For whatever reason he clearly feels as though historians have the story wrong & he is using his book to justify his reasoning. I've not read the history he refers to & as this is a work of fiction it feels an imposition that Tolstoy spends so much time explaining why he is right & others wrong.
I laboured through both parts, right to the end. Even the last chapter. I was disgusted that at the end of the story I was given a treatise on Freewill, Leadership & History. That was disappointing & whether or not I agreed with what was said I was put out that my novel & turned into a dull lecture.
Neville Jason did a great job with narration but it doesn't help save a very, very boring story. A good edit, reducing the book by more than half would've saved this book for me.
I stuck with it & I really feel let down. My perseverance did not pay off.
I love this book. I think it is one of the most beautiful books written (except when Tolstoy gets into meandering analysis of military and political events). I was very disappointed in the reading. Perhaps I want a reader to maintain his own voice rather than trying to imitate the voice of another gender (for the same reason I don't like Jim Dale's rendition of the Harry Potter books) because in doing to I can't help hearing the flaw. Without that imitation I could continue to suspend disbelief but the faulty voice jars me out of the immersion in the book and I lose interest in it due to a critical change. Just read the book without trying to play actor or actress. The inflections are fine but the imitation of the character is irritating.