I love Tolstoy. I love the way he writes, his character development. I love everything about this book, even it's length.
War and Peace is brutally realistic and passionately written.
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.
I really like the narrator, he's very easy to listen to and has a very agreeable voice.