Tolstoy knows the human condition and heart!
When Anatole Kuragin nearly abducted Natasha...OMG!!
There are so many...truly. The accounts of the battles are so real you feel as though you are there.
Only so sorry I waited so long to read this epic classic. It's truly life changing.
I have tried and tried to get through this book, but it just does not hold me. There are too many Russian names and characters. I mostly wanted to read it because I wanted to learn more about Napoleon, but unfortunately this book did not accomplish that.
This was well done with character and plot delineated. Easy to listen to and enjoy. The reader was engaging while not overly treacle.
This was a really enjoyable read, much more so than I was expecting given its reputation for extraordinary length. You really get a picture for the human nature of the combatants in the military engagements, where they often find themselves wondering why they are fighting, and for whom, and whether the guy in the other uniform is really an enemy. You also get a sense for the civilian perspective on the wars, at least from the point of view of the aristocracy.
Neville Jason's narration is excellent, with a clear and precise diction that mostly carries a posh British accent, though he does the French language portions very well also. I did find his rendition of Denisov's W/R substitution quite comical. He sounded a bit like an aristocratic version of Elmer Fudd.
The reader infuses this remarkable chronicle with life. His characterizations are illuminating and speak volumes about all the players in this epic-- from Bonaparte to troika driver.
An evocation of the Napoleonic era. A depiction of whole families whose individual lives intertwine and intersect with each other. and a great scenic painting of life in pre-revolutionary Russia. A masterpiece of the realistic novel to be savored
I am 71, healthy, happy, widow, with 3 kids, 6 grand & 6 great kids. I still work F/T and I love people and telling stories.
Yes, I tell everyone that will listen. This is so good. He takes me there and when I get back I am full of gratitude and understanding.
Tolstoy's understanding of the whole spectrum of our being evidenced by his detailed and enlightened presentation touched my heart.
Everything...He made it come alive and stay with me. His cadence and tone bring the story into my mind's eye seemingly without effort.
No. This book is like life, to be experienced and savored on and on, not rushing to the end.
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.