excellent, thoroughly enjoyed, super long - 4 downloads!- but that only meant more pleasure, things got ever more lovely and interesting as the story advanced, pure pleasure, little shivers at the end :) this is the second book from nadia may i've listened to- she does an excellent job
I gather that Tolstoy's views on the subject were at the least a little sardonic, but I can't get past the absolutely laughable, condescending tone the narrator feels obliged to apply to this reading. Is he trying to narrate it as he feels Tolstoy himself would have sounded? (In which case, I don't agree: I think that Tolstoy himself must have sounded a bit human, even sympathetic, once in a while!) -- Or, worse, is this simply how the narrator believes "serious, world-historical" works such as this SHOULD be read? Is it how he reads all works? I should have listened longer to the sample clip before buying... Worst purchase I've made here; I can hardly get through it.
Another major gripe regards the passages in different languages. It seems that in order to be kind to the reader translations should be supplied alongside the original text when passages in a foreign language are as long as some of these; I don't understand Russian or German in the slightest. I do, however, speak and understand French, and one last absurdity is the atrocity with which the narrator mangles the pronunciation- and always in that awful, sneering, "highbrow-literary" tone!
campbell scott does a fine job of narration and i enjoyed his subtlety in affecting a spanish accent.
the book itself was beautiful and strange and i didn't realize how quickly it would end because i couldn't wait to get back to it.
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