The performance of the narrator is perfect. I could not imagine War and Peace performed any other way.
He acts out each character but without drawing too much attention to his performance; it's just the right mix. Also, he understands the text well enough to convey subtle meaning through his tone.
Had I been able to sit for 30 (60 total for both volumes) I certainly would have.
On the whole this is a hurculean task that is done very well. My only quibble, which at times becomes difficult to deal with, is that the female voices are done in a way that makes them sound silly and brainless, almost a parody. There would have been ways of rendering those voices in a way that would have given them more depth and character. Aside from that the reader does well and is pleasant to listen to over the entire length of the book.
I highly recommend this audiobook because of the narrator. Although I prefer Peavar and Volokhonsky's translation of War and Peace, Neville Jason reads so brilliantly that his narration takes precedence over the translation. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy rich Russian literature at its best on audiobook.
Neville Jason brings life to the characters far better than I could have done reading on my own.
The book transports you to Aristocrat Russia, and it gives you a great history class on aristocracy, france, russia, Napoleon, etc...
Though the characters are somehow naive, and the story feels like a soap opera, it gives enough food for though..
I just wanted to reiterate to those listeners wondering which narrator to listen to that Nevile Jason is the choice to make. I bought the other version originally, trying to save money, thinking 'I don't mind a pompous tone' and it was just unbearable.
Neville Jason is fantastic, and rightly so for this literary triumph.
Neville Jason does a fantastic job narrating this book. Easily the best audiobook I have listened to.
I just completed volume one and am very intrigued. We have explored all these lives, loves and situations and now here comes the storm. Or so I'm lead to believe. Very well read and while not fast paced it is meant to help us observe and think. I would recommend it to anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of classic literature.
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.