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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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    zach 04-30-12
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    "Bad narration"

    I couldn't stand the narrator on this one. I liked the story overall, but the performance left much to be desired.

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    Gabriela Chihuahua, Mexico 02-13-12
    Gabriela Chihuahua, Mexico 02-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "I simply can't understand the narrator"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm sure the story is good but I couldn't get past the first hour. I'm gonna have to either read it or buy a version narrated by someone else.


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    Amazon Customer Mid-Missouri, USA 02-07-12
    Amazon Customer Mid-Missouri, USA 02-07-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Just Couldn't Stick With This One"
    Would you try another book from Leo Tolstoy and/or Frederick Davidson?

    No


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

    I just couldn't stick with it long enough to understand any of it. The language and accent were not understandable to me.


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

    I hoped to be able to listen to it because I had seen the movie back when I was in 8th grade, and I think it's important to read classic literature, but I just couldn't listen to this. I did listen to approximately 4 hours of it, but still had not connected with it in any way so I gave up.


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    Johan Molndal, Sweden 02-01-12
    Johan Molndal, Sweden 02-01-12 Member Since 2013

    Johan Andolf från mölndal i Sverige.

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    "Bra historia men dåligt genomförande"
    What did you like best about War and Peace? What did you like least?

    Jag gillar allt som har med Napoleon att göra och boken histora är bra.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Uppläsningen är riktigt dålig, teatralisk på ett dåligt sätt.


    Any additional comments?

    Denna bok har dåligt ljud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Garth Seattle, WA, United States 10-11-11
    Garth Seattle, WA, United States 10-11-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Horrible Narration"

    Frederick Davidson absolutely massacres the text. Do yourself a favor and listen to at least 2 minutes of the sample audio and ask yourself whether you can live with that voice for 60 hours. I surely could not. Davidson delivers the story in an annoyingly affected nasal tone apparently intended to convey a sense of "aristocracy" more than it conveys the actual content or meaning of the text. Indeed, the pace, tone and inflection of the narrative makes it difficult to even follow the story. I have been an Audible subscriber for years, and have listened to at least 150 audiobooks. This is literally the worst audiobook presentation I have ever heard. Davidson is on my absolute do-not-buy list.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lyle HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 05-02-11
    Lyle HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 05-02-11
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    "Mixed Up"

    I noticed only one other person mentioned the download is OUT OF ORDER and some parts were repeated, also, several parts words were skipped, making the entire experience confusing. No one else dealt with this? Great book, just a shame I had to listen it to it like this and try and figure out the proper order. At first I did not like the narrator, however, eventually he grew on me.

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    K. Plaisance Buffalo Gap, TX United States 02-08-11
    K. Plaisance Buffalo Gap, TX United States 02-08-11 Member Since 2016

    Hippie Gal

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    "War & Peace"

    The chapters in the download are mixed up. Part 1 seemed to have a mix up at the very end. Part 2 had the last three chapters mixed up. Did not get beyond part 2 as I was lost in the process. Up to that point the book, although tough to follow, was good and the narrator did a good job.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Abbie 10-17-10
    Abbie 10-17-10
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    "book and reader far above my opinion"

    The all-time best novel ever written. OK, you can argue that. I haven't read them all. The best novel I've ever read. For me Frederick Davidson was an acquired taste, but after being subjected to readers who mumble the ends of sentences, vary their voice volumes, read too fast, whistle the s's or over pronounce the t's and d's at the ends of words, give the same voice to all the characters, get into a fast discernable rhythm, or give women characters unendurably high pitched voices, I treasure every story he's read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Naples, NY, United States 09-07-10
    Beverly Naples, NY, United States 09-07-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Phew"

    This is the only way to go to "read" this novel. It's amazingly intricate and a little tough to learn the characters but soon the listener becomes comfortable with who and what each character is about. I admit to being somewhat bored by the author's sermonizing in between the story parts but otherwise enjoyed this long tale.

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    Terrell Loves Park, IL, USA 01-14-10
    Terrell Loves Park, IL, USA 01-14-10
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    "War and Peace"

    The book, of course, is excellent. And the narrator's voice is perfect. The files, however, contained many flaws - hisses, squeaks, and so forth.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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