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.
This production is far superior to the older one. I love this story and can't wait to start the next half.
The cast is huge and the characters are complex and real. I would suggest a notebook to keep track of the characters (there are so many and with different names and nicknames and titles of each character) and the plot.
it took me a while to get into the book. But once I got the characters straight and who they were I really enjoyed it.
yes absolutely, the greatest novel ever written and the greatest narration of all time
there is nothing not to like
no, I haven't
no, nothing extreme
the narration is a master class, just an incredible performance.
While it is a struggle to complete the 60+ hours in this first volume, this is a compelling book. The narration is not perfect but it is the best I have found. This is probably the easiest way to complete this mammoth work.
I have tried to read W&P multiple times and always peter out on Volume 2. Listening to it, Neville Jason's excellent narration carried me through (although I must admit I still find Volume 2 rather boring). Every character has a different, nuanced voice and I was soon lost in the story and among the characters.
Natasha's episode in Moscow towards the end. I don't know how Tolstoy so well captured the minds and emotions of an adolescent girl, but it was very authentic.
Maria Dmitrievna, definitely.
It's full of emotional moments with characters you get to know exquisitely well.
Worth the price or credit as this narrator is an absolute pro. He expresses emotion so well and the humor of Tolstoy really comes through. I can't wait to hear the second half.