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War and Peace Audiobook

War and Peace

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Publisher's Summary

Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable. Out of this complex narrative emerges a profound examination of the individual's place in the historical process, one that makes it clear why Thomas Mann praised Tolstoy for his Homeric powers and placed War and Peace in the same category as The Iliad.

War and Peace was translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude.

(P)1998 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    michael glendale, ny, United States 07-24-13
    michael glendale, ny, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "An Epic Tale"
    Would you listen to War and Peace again? Why?

    I would. This time, I would start with a list of featured characters and take important notes as I listened.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked bast was the authors ability to keep me engaged throughout the entire saga.


    Have you listened to any of Frederick Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is the calculous of war. It is war broken down into it's most minute slices and described in detail.

    Although some of the characters seem so naive by todays standards, when taken in the proper context they spring to life.

    It's epic. It's incredible.

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    Diana Vilas 07-17-13
    Diana Vilas 07-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A classic to avoid"

    I don't know which is more boring, the simpering superficiality of peacetime Russian society, or the endless speculation among officers at war, but I will say the most irritating thing about this audio book is the lisping narrator whose characters sound even more wearied than I.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David 06-22-13
    David 06-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Cartoon voices ruin this"
    What disappointed you about War and Peace?

    The narrator, who already has a pronounced though not objectionable British accent, insists on doing voices for all the characters -- young women, old women, old men....and they are done as stereotypes. It's like a cartoon and after a few hours I just couldn't listen anymore. I felt I was not being allowed to form my own impression of a character, so strong was the narrator's influence.


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    Noora 05-31-13
    Noora 05-31-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A very very long book"

    This book is very long. I usually enjoy a good long book, but this one wasn't long in any good way. It was simply very long. It took me a couple of months to get through it. Bits and pieces are brilliant, but not everything and there was simply too much of it.

    The narrator is great. The sample made me hesitate, but after a couple of minutes I got used to him and after a while couldn't imagine the book with any other narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Northport, AL, United States 03-14-13
    Andrew Northport, AL, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Power, Freedom and Life's Contradictions"
    Would you listen to War and Peace again? Why?

    I would listen to the last half again yes. I would listen to the epilogue several times after that.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    O Jerusalem


    What aspect of Frederick Davidson’s performance would you have changed?

    His performance was EPIC! The editing and mixing was at times very distracting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found the first half challenging because it was so tedious. The next third was entertaining. The remainder was challenging because of its philosophizing nature, but it might have been my favorite part. I had to rewind several times to make sure that I captured everything.


    Any additional comments?

    Know your Napoleon history before you begin.Don't put it down. Keep pushing. It is worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Fresno, US, Canada 03-04-13
    Kevin Fresno, US, Canada 03-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Worst Ever"
    What would have made War and Peace better?

    Frederick Davidson RUINED this amazing book with the worst narration ever. His nasally voice and feeble attempt at voicing the speech of Russian aristocracy was horrible. I wasted a download on this book and lost a lot of confidence in Audible for posting such rubbish as an option to buy.


    Has War and Peace turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What didn’t you like about Frederick Davidson’s performance?

    He is the worst ever. I will never get another book by him. He sounds like a nasally snob who does a horrible job trying to paint a picture of Russian aristocracy. He ruined the book for me. I want my money back!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, simply because of the performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I want my money back for this wasted purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maya S. 02-20-13
    Maya S. 02-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "L O N G E S T book ever"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'm glad I had the patience to persevere but good grief, how many different ways can one say the same thing over and over.... but I guess considering the time it was written it was a masterpiece of its time.


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    Raul 02-19-13
    Raul 02-19-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Timeless Classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of War and Peace to be better than the print version?

    Well read, marathon of a novel. May not have stuck with it if I was reading it myself.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of War and Peace?

    Depiction of battle scenes.


    What about Frederick Davidson’s performance did you like?

    The differing intonation of his voice for different characters was helpful.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The travails of the main characters elicit emotion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 02-19-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 02-19-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Lengthy classic"

    So many stories interwoven in this lengthy classic novel. Some parts really pulled me in to the lives and times of the Russian and French war.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gunhild 02-19-13
    Gunhild 02-19-13
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    "Terrible narrator"
    What disappointed you about War and Peace?

    The narrator was reading the book in a manner that you really had to concentrate to understand what he was saying most times.


    Would you recommend War and Peace to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, the books are good, but the Audible version is terrible. I could not finish it.


    What didn’t you like about Frederick Davidson’s performance?

    slurred speech, he ruined the characters.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from War and Peace?

    None, the BOOK is great. The narrator however..


    Any additional comments?

    I regret spending money on this Audible book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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