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War and Peace, Volume 1 Audiobook
War and Peace, Volume 1
Written by: 
Leo Tolstoy
Narrated by: 
Neville Jason
War and Peace, Volume 1 Audiobook

War and Peace, Volume 1

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Publisher's Summary

War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

In addition it is, famously, one of the longest books in Western literature and therefore a remarkable challenge for any reader. Neville Jason read the abridged version of War and Peace and proved his marathon powers with his outstanding performance of Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. These make him the ideal narrator to essay Tolstoy's epic.

War and Peace was translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude.

© and (P) Naxos Rights International

What the Critics Say

"War and Peace presents us with a complete picture of human life; a complete picture of the Russia of those days; a complete historic picture of the struggle of nations; and a complete picture of the things in which men set their happiness and greatness, their sorrow and their shame." (A.V. Knowles, Tolstoy: The Critical Heritage)
"There remains the greatest of all novelists - for what else can we call the author of War and Peace?" (Virginia Woolf)

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    Brennan Palmer Evergreen Park, IL, United States 01-21-11
    Brennan Palmer Evergreen Park, IL, United States 01-21-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome!"

    I have always wanted to read this book, just to say I did. I thought I was in for a long haul, but the first half has flown by! The narrator is excellent. There are very many characters and it seems he has a distinctive voice for each! Don't get me wrong, there are boring parts and it IS confusing in the beginning to remember all the characters, but pay close attention at first and you will recall them as time goes on. I even took a break halfway through for another book. I actually was happy to return to this one! Very well narrated, I think it makes all the difference. (the Peace parts are more interesting than the War parts, mostly)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ariana Fort Lee, VA, United States 11-06-10
    Ariana Fort Lee, VA, United States 11-06-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Perfect"

    Amazing. So much detail into the thoughts, feelings, what is said, what is not said, intentions, interactions, expressions, body language; comming of age, dissapointments, growing, learning, virtue, vice, scheming, love, forgiveness, desire, so much more. This is a book about life. This is why I love the classics. An excellent narration as well. Perfect score.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    KERRY glen head, NY, United States 09-29-10
    KERRY glen head, NY, United States 09-29-10
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    "Listen to a true Masterpiece"

    War and Peace is certainly one of those books everyone should read/listen to … I first read it about 15 years ago and was duly impressed; but like all fine works of art - it get’s better with the second time thru. This particular Narrator (Neville Jason) is simply amazing! Do yourself the favor of listening to him read the story. You won’t regret it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rich 05-13-16
    Rich 05-13-16 Member Since 2014

    Thoreau's 'Walden' and Ayn Rand's 25th anniversary introduction to 'The Fountainhead' summarize my library well.

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    "This Is the Version of W&P You Are Looking For!"

    This is my first reading of W&P; I just started the second volume. This Naxos/Jason production is near flawless: narration, fidelity, production quality. Jason may be the best narrator I have ever heard (fifty titles over two years), and this Maude translation has me plenty entertained. I can keep up with the book at 1.85x playback--it took me a little over three weeks to finish the first volume. I bought Oxford's paperback of the Maude translation (http://goo.gl/BW50SD) to thumb through at bedtime, which comes with battlefield maps (!) and pages (upon pages!) of historical footnotes--the book is easily worth the extra ten bucks to supplement your Audible experience.

    I'll hold my thoughts about the story itself until I complete the entire novel. This book is stupid long, and I'm loving every minute of it. I can hardly wait to see what Volume 2 has in store.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 10-22-15
    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 10-22-15
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    "Excellent narration of a very great novel"

    War and Peace is a marvelous work by one the world's greatest novelists. The narration is superb. You simply can't go wrong with this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Spanne 09-16-15
    Mike Spanne 09-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good narrator, worth the extra volume"

    The narrator does a decent job of making his voice vary from character to character and his pace is well suited for the book. I'm not a fan of buying two volumes instead of one, but it's definitely worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joex000 03-08-15
    Joex000 03-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A little homework adds a lot of extra enjoyment"

    My journey through War and Peace is over, and the 62 hours (Vol 1+2) was a worthwhile and rewarding journey. I won't add to what so many others have said about Tolstoy's brilliant work, but I did 2 extra things that added a great deal of understanding, depth and perspective:
    First, the book is famous for having lots of characters and different story lines, so I listened to many of the chapters 2 or even 3 times. I was surprised at how many little things I didn't get the first time, so this added to the enjoyment (not to mention that I was afraid of getting lost). And the 62 hours ended up at around 100, for me at least. I loved them all.
    Secondly, I did Internet searches and there is a lot of W&P background material that is helpful: I printed a list of characters, read the Wikipedia analysis of the book (there are many more) to give me a big overview of where things were going, read a little more about Napolean, and pulled up maps of the various Russian cities.
    This paid big dividends in understanding the history and times. Tolstoy gave us a novel from the Russian perspective here, and not a history book, so he often assumes that we know things of Russia in the early 1800's. But we don't.
    For example, the French army was starving, freezing, sick, depleted and in tatters well before they reached Moscow, but the we don't hear much of this until they are in full-scale retreat late in the book.
    This informal research is fun during your read, when it's time to take a break. Like now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    stephen CHICAGO, IL, United States 09-06-14
    stephen CHICAGO, IL, United States 09-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Favorite audiobook thus far"
    Any additional comments?

    A great thing about audiobooks is I find I'm able to get through lengthy classics I wouldn't have tackled otherwise. Neville Jason made it easy for me to love this novel, making characters so real that it felt like I was watching a movie. There's plenty of action. But what's more surprising is how fresh Tolstoy's observations on people and human nature--about politics, love, and the difficulty of living up to our own ideals--are today. His dry humor would be right at home on Letterman. Kudos also to the production team. Jason obviously doesn't read this all in one sitting, but I almost never noticed the transition between takes that has been a mild distraction in other audiobooks. Great job!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 11-08-13
    Michael 11-08-13

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "My Favourite Book"

    I read and reread this book and Neville Jason does an excellent job narrating this book. This is a classic worth reading and this narration worth the listen to. The last few chapters could be missed as Tolstoy puts his own bent on the forces of history, but if you are a student of history, you need to know this. Otherwise, this book is entertaining, surprising easy to read or listen to and a joy to have in your heart. Great stuff this.

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    Michael Moore Bay Area, CA USA 02-27-13
    Michael Moore Bay Area, CA USA 02-27-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Enriching Experience!"

    The many interesting characters and stories, the contrast in theme between their presence in vivid battlefield scenes and peacetime pursuits, their varied struggles with the great questions of life’s purpose, moral obligations to one’s fellow man, and the path to worldly happiness and spiritual peace all make this work both great and fascinating. With this book I feel I have expanded my circle of understanding to now include a number of 19th Century Russians who have shared their most intimate thoughts and feelings with me. They are described and presented in this book by a master literary craftsman who has portrayed them as real life characters, including all of their faults and foibles.

    Tolstoy’s frequent background commentaries are part of the work. They are excellent and lend greater depth to the story. The narrator for this edition is also excellent. You will gain from this book not just an enriching personal experience, but a greater understanding of Russian history and sensibilities emerging from the great struggles against Napoleon. A major time commitment, but well worth your time.

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    3/24/16
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    "Entertaining, amusing, enthralling, wanted more!"

    The Narrator expertly delivered this for the entire story. He carries the mood and the characters amazingly. I was so sorry it had ended I stood upright in surprise. I have been totally immersed in another world.

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  • AC
    3/23/16
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    "Worth the effort of listening"

    I have read the book but found it rather long winded and dull. This is a much better method of enjoying what is a great saga! Looking forward to Volume 2!

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  • Tambo
    3/20/16
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    "War and Peace"

    After the recent TV adaptation I wanted to find out more. It was absolutely gripping.

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  • Clavs
    3/6/16
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    "Epic"

    War and Peace seems so daunting but this audio book made the whole experience much easier and incredibly enjoyable.

    Good narrator and short chapters make it easy to dip in and out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S A Humphries
    2/21/16
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    IMHAVE been awake all night as I couldn't turn off this book. Now I've finished Volume 1 I have to buy Volume 2 . I enjoyed every minute, beautifully read an absolute joy.Shirley-Ann Humphries

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  • Candice
    2/13/16
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    "timeless classic"

    this version of.war and peace is wonderful and well worth the read. what makes it better is a wonderful narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cathubodua
    8/8/15
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    "One of the great historical novels"
    If you could sum up War and Peace, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Moving, entertaining, enthralling.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is impossible to choose a favourite character - their stories weave in and out of each other's with such skill. Each character is loveable and flawed, fully human as only Tolstoy can write them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    7/24/15
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    "War and Peace vol 1"

    Absolutely compelling! Beautifully written, intelligently translated, nicely read. My first foray into War and Peace. Why did I wait 53 years?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hilary
    Arlesey, United Kingdom
    2/5/15
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    "Very well read"

    Beautifully narrated this wonderful story has had me captivated, I can't wait to listen to volume 2. I'll look out for books narrated by Neville Jason in future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. C. L. Huggett
    2/1/15
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    "A five star treat"

    This is almost as wonderful as reading the book yourself. Knicks the socks off the BBC adaptation and although it seems a huge undertaking it is so beautifully read that the time whizzes by and one is swept along by Tolstoy' s descriptive prose. Treat yourself!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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