Wonderful idea to give listeners the ability to choose between versions with or without commentaries.
When I started listening to the version with commentaries, I was concerned that the commentaries might over explain the scenes and prevent me from appreciating the play from my own perspective. However, I listened on and was delighted to find that my worries were unfounded. The commentaries were copious and insightful enough to ensure effortless understanding of the context and language of the dialogue, but they did not preempt independent appreciation of the play overall.
In sum, I enjoyed this audiobook and gladly recommend it.
It is a compelling story, full of the suspense and uncertainty that could plague any invisible man. It is also a fascinating guided tour of the main character's feelings: how invisibility feels to him, and how he feels about the fact that he is invisible.
The moment when the main character experiences his second major surprise; when he realizes that he had still been running.
It was perfect. At no point did I notice that the book was being narrated. I felt all through that the voice I was hearing was that of the main character.
I did not have an "extreme" reaction to the book, but I feel that it is one of the most memorable books that I will ever read.
This book is more than a mere good story or complex opinion piece. I feel that to fully appreciate this work, one must be ready to openly contemplate the themes therein.
Not read the print version.
The characters are plentiful, and meticulously described. The thoughts of the characters that drive the plot are beautiful portrayals of the human condition. Times of war and peace are also wonderful backdrops for contemplating the factors involved in individual and mass thought. Tolstoy crafts a narrative that is very conducive for such contemplation. Masterful.
He brought life to the characters without overperforming.
Haha. It is afterall a 60-hour recording. I knew that going in.
Tolstoy said: This is "not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less a historical chronicle."
I say: This is definitely not a historical chronicle, even less is it a poem. But it IS partly a novel and partly a philosophical treatise on the study of history as it pertains to thoughts, actions, and free will of humans.
[I felt some parts of the epilogue had a slight didactic tone that could be done without, but that lasted less than a fiftieth of the book].
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