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.
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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.
Began listening to Volume 1, but only made it through the first 8 hours. I wouldn't have given it that long had it not been touted as one of the greatest novels ever written. I found no evidence of this whatsoever in the first 8 hours. Characters remained undeveloped, conversations between them are uninteresting with a whining, sniveling and pretentious tone. Made all the worse by a narrator with the same tone. An engaging story line never made an appearance. If a novel is unable to engage the reader in some fashion within the first 8 hours, I would hardly call it a gem. This one unfortunately is going on my most over rated list along with Ulysses and The Catcher in the Rye.
I really wanted to like this book, but after slogging through it I just don't see what all the fuss is about. I suppose it's like Giotto---"no one had done it before so isn't it wonderful" and it is . . . but reading it in the 21st century after reading 20th-21st century novels, I just don't get much out of it. Yes, it's obviously well-written, but I just didn't care what happened after a while. Why bother?