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.
massively parallel history
It's the story of life, from the intimate to the ultimate scope.
His reading was outstanding. His narration never flagged, became tiresome or got in the way of appreciating the book. His pace was just right.
Identification with the main character in relation to some of my own experiences in war and peace.
It would have benefited from some editing.
Neville Jason's reading makes this classic come to life. His impersonation characters ike the old Prince Bolkonski is particularly memorable. I highly recommend this version.
I love War and Peace, having read it three times and each time it gets better. The reader doors a fine job, but how could anyone do ask of the characters justice? a little allowance and imagination are required, but given that, wonderful!