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The fact that this is a classic and rightfully holds that mark.
Pierre Bezukhov and Andrei Nikolayevich Bolkonsky. Both characters seemed kind, simple and courageous, characteristics that makes them stand out in the story.
The entire story came alive in a colorful and apparently accurate intonation of the reading of the book. Every character were vividly seen in my mind when I heard their parts read. Over 60 hours of reading and at no point did I feel the narrator show even a slight sign of drop of interest or excellence in his voice. Absolutely fantastic reading that kept me glued to my headphones, even though many of my friends and family who read the book said it can get boring and tough to read in many spots, thanks to the beautiful narration I was able to flow through the story without a hint of boredom. Bravo!
When Pierre begins questioning everything in his life and overall in the world and the meaning of all. Reminds me of my own similar questions.
I haven't had the luck to stay in my Russian school long enough to read this as all students do eventually, so I was eager to check that off my list of "must read" classic books. Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece did not disappoint. I am glad that despite my busy schedule I was able to hear this amazing book. It is a story revolving around the Napoleon Bonaparte and the time of wars related to Russia and it is told through several fictional Russian families. Many of the characters and events weaved into the story did exist and happen in history and Leo Tolstoy researched the wars extensively for this book, which shows through the quality of his writing. Each character is developed in a personal and vivid way. It amazes me how well Tolstoy could describe characteristics and thoughts of different characters that would be doable only to a psychologist with many years of experience. While the story is heavily focused around war and historic events of the time, there is much development of romance, family drama, comedy and many other aspects of life that keep the reader well interested and entertained throughout the development of the story.
I highly recommend this wonderful classic to all readers/listeners who appreciate a well written and narrated masterpiece.
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