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.
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"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)
yes absolutely, the greatest novel ever written and the greatest narration of all time
there is nothing not to like
no, I haven't
no, nothing extreme
the narration is a master class, just an incredible performance.
While it is a struggle to complete the 60+ hours in this first volume, this is a compelling book. The narration is not perfect but it is the best I have found. This is probably the easiest way to complete this mammoth work.
I have tried to read W&P multiple times and always peter out on Volume 2. Listening to it, Neville Jason's excellent narration carried me through (although I must admit I still find Volume 2 rather boring). Every character has a different, nuanced voice and I was soon lost in the story and among the characters.
Natasha's episode in Moscow towards the end. I don't know how Tolstoy so well captured the minds and emotions of an adolescent girl, but it was very authentic.
Maria Dmitrievna, definitely.
It's full of emotional moments with characters you get to know exquisitely well.
Worth the price or credit as this narrator is an absolute pro. He expresses emotion so well and the humor of Tolstoy really comes through. I can't wait to hear the second half.
massively parallel history
It's the story of life, from the intimate to the ultimate scope.
His reading was outstanding. His narration never flagged, became tiresome or got in the way of appreciating the book. His pace was just right.
Identification with the main character in relation to some of my own experiences in war and peace.
It would have benefited from some editing.
Neville Jason's reading makes this classic come to life. His impersonation characters ike the old Prince Bolkonski is particularly memorable. I highly recommend this version.
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