War and Peace broadly focuses on Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman who intrigues both men. As Napoleon's army invades, Tolstoy brilliantly follows characters from diverse backgrounds - peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers - as they struggle with the problems unique to their era, their history, and their culture. And as the novel progresses, these characters transcend their specificity, becoming some of the most moving - and human - figures in world literature.
Please note: This audiobook is in Russian.
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I could have loved it, but the chapters are not in the correct order and it is very difficult to follow the story. It was a struggle and a fairly bad experience! I have read this book in the past, so I have managed to figure the order out. It would be a waste of time for anyone who was not familiar with the book!
Please edit the recording and fix the order of the chapters!
I loved War and Peace when I read it last summer so I decided to listen to it in original Russian. This book recording is seriously messed up. Chapters and books are not in order and it is hard to follow. Or should I say it is impossible to follow unless you read the book and know the text pretty well.
"Brilliant story and outstanding narrating"
I loved how narrator read the story quite "matter-of-fact"ly, leaving the story to raise all necessary drama and emotions. Very good job done by narrator indeed.
It is no accident that War and Peace has been called an epic novel - events and people's lives unravel with astonishing detail. However how could it be any different when Tolstoy writes about life itself and it is in the detail, as well is in the significant events. I gave 4 stars for the story simply because for me, for all its length, it finished rather suddenly. I understand that the story of the characters was not the primary goal of the novel, but rather the monumental events that took place and the characters were there to serve as an explanation for why the Napoleon invasion of Russia developed as it did; they simply revealed the spirit of the Russian people. However, a reader needs closure and it felt like there was not much of that. Nevertheless, what a story - I would recommend to everyone to read it.
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