Book lover, story teller, 21st century expat living in the Middle East.
War and Peace is now, officially the best novel I have read in my lifetime and that's saying a lot. I loved Anna Karenina but War and Peace is actually even better. It is Tolstoy at his literary height. His characters are so deeply flawed and human, the sights and sounds, whether of vast Russian fields or ornate balls are completely immersive and the reader is totally transported. The performance matches the book and made War and Peace just sing. I did look up The Battle of Austerlitz, just to get some of the political context better, and early on needed to consult the character list, but it doesn't take long to become familiar with the characters. If you love great literature and if you fancy a deeply immersive read, this book is for you.
So far so good! Tolstoy has the ability to capture the smallest and yet most singular details of the human experience through what I think is, so far, one of the most epic of war-time sagas. This story sweeps across such various facets of life (war, language, family, love, etc.) and characters and ranks. Though long and involved, it has the potential to teach all of us about the way that we have been, the way that we are and what we might we might become.
This narrator was perfect for my needs I listen while I walk for miles several days per week every weekend. With headphones and listening on my iPhone like I had no trouble understanding a single word ordered for the entire 166 chapters of part one of war and peace I thoroughly recommend this narration and of course the book it's only taken me three weeks to get through the audiobook. It would've taken much longer to read it in hardcopy especially when I spend hours walking every week wonderful product I am buying the second part and will finish War & peace before Christmas.
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.
I am a retired business man who wanted to be a History teacher.at the age of 81 Im catching up on my favourite historical characters & event
Outstanding narration from Neville Jason.Great patience is needed to take in such a long story,& this is only part 1,but it certainly explains how the Russian Revolution was bound to happen.Such inequalities in the lives of Russians,such wealth and poverty.Fully recommended,if you have plenty of time.
I thoroughly enjoyed this first half of War & Peace! The narrator is skilled at capturing emotion and personality. A worthy audiobook for Tolstoy!
I don't understand why this book is considered one of literatures finest pieces of work. Yes, it was poetic at times, and some parts were very though provoking. You can tell Leo Tolstoy was a romantic, but his character and setting building is horrible. He jumps from point to point with no transitions. He doesn't introduce characters well, and never uses references so you can get to know the characters. It makes it hard to care about anything that is happening. The small amount of war story was nice. It didn't matter if you knew the characters, the action captured you, but that was few and far between. Most of the story is just drama between families that you don't really care about.
An example of what I am talking about (spoiler warning) at one point Price Andrei gets wounded in battle and captured. When they first talking about him in the war, I didn't remember him ever being mentioned. So, I had no clue who he was and why I cared. After he was captured a the Russians went to find dead and wounded on the battlefield, they didn't find him. His father, Count Bolkonsky, assumed he was dead. There was a big moment when it talks about him almost giving up on life and declaring his son dead. He told everyone in the city. Then, out of nowhere, Prince Andrei is back and wanting to court Natasha. There was no explanation of how he got back, what the effect on his father was or anything. I didn't even know it was the same person. I had to go back and look. You have to study this book to follow it. Imo, that isn't good writing.