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Cynthia

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  • War and Peace, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (346)

    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    Matt says: "A Truly Great Book and a Truly Astounding Narrator"
    "Great book, disappointing reading"
    Overall

    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.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful

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