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War and Peace, Volume 1 Audiobook

War and Peace, Volume 1

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.
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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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    Carol Sprague GRAND ISLAND, NE, US 05-01-15
    Carol Sprague GRAND ISLAND, NE, US 05-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent presentation"

    This was well done with character and plot delineated. Easy to listen to and enjoy. The reader was engaging while not overly treacle.

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    Amazon Customer Kirkland, WA, United States 04-26-15
    Amazon Customer Kirkland, WA, United States 04-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Very good, solid translation, good narration."

    This was a really enjoyable read, much more so than I was expecting given its reputation for extraordinary length. You really get a picture for the human nature of the combatants in the military engagements, where they often find themselves wondering why they are fighting, and for whom, and whether the guy in the other uniform is really an enemy. You also get a sense for the civilian perspective on the wars, at least from the point of view of the aristocracy.

    Neville Jason's narration is excellent, with a clear and precise diction that mostly carries a posh British accent, though he does the French language portions very well also. I did find his rendition of Denisov's W/R substitution quite comical. He sounded a bit like an aristocratic version of Elmer Fudd.

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    K. Md New York 04-05-15
    K. Md New York 04-05-15
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    "Amazing and still better"

    The reader infuses this remarkable chronicle with life. His characterizations are illuminating and speak volumes about all the players in this epic-- from Bonaparte to troika driver.

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    Candida 03-26-15
    Candida 03-26-15
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    "Fantastic"

    An evocation of the Napoleonic era. A depiction of whole families whose individual lives intertwine and intersect with each other. and a great scenic painting of life in pre-revolutionary Russia. A masterpiece of the realistic novel to be savored

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    MARGARET J. PERRY 03-04-15

    I am 71, healthy, happy, widow, with 3 kids, 6 grand & 6 great kids. I still work F/T and I love people and telling stories.

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    "He never disappoints me, I love Tolstoy!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I tell everyone that will listen. This is so good. He takes me there and when I get back I am full of gratitude and understanding.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tolstoy's understanding of the whole spectrum of our being evidenced by his detailed and enlightened presentation touched my heart.


    What about Neville Jason’s performance did you like?

    Everything...He made it come alive and stay with me. His cadence and tone bring the story into my mind's eye seemingly without effort.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. This book is like life, to be experienced and savored on and on, not rushing to the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    trixie01 02-11-15
    trixie01 02-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Tolstoy Rocks"
    What did you love best about War and Peace, Volume 1?

    I love Tolstoy. I love the way he writes, his character development. I love everything about this book, even it's length.


    What did you like best about this story?

    War and Peace is brutally realistic and passionately written.


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    Mark 01-26-15
    Mark 01-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "My new favorite book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of War and Peace, Volume 1 to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but I can say that the narrator does a very good job of bringing the story to life.


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    Melcus & Addi 01-22-15

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    "FLOABW, OMG. Your life will change"
    Where does War and Peace, Volume 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's been over a year since I listened to both volumes of W&P. I will listen to it again and again until all the questions and beauty of life are considered. It's that good.


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    Beth Rockwall, TX, United States 02-25-14
    Beth Rockwall, TX, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Just too long and drawn out."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Maybe a condensed version with less emphasis on military actions.


    What could Leo Tolstoy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book just drags along for me...especially the chapters on the military and it's campaign against Buonaparte.


    What aspect of Neville Jason’s performance would you have changed?

    Don't know...it was the material versus the performance that didn't work for me.


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

    ....enjoyed characters and their interactions in historical Russian society.


    Any additional comments?

    Have enjoyed other books by Tolstoy -- particularly Anna Karenina. Thought I needed to listen to this classic, but instead of looking forward to my next listen, I was dreading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim United States 02-23-14
    Jim United States 02-23-14
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    "Well read"
    What did you love best about War and Peace, Volume 1?

    Having read it before, I was surprised that the reader used different tones for each character--though the cockney accents for poor people felt weird. It was actually easier to follow all of the names listening to it than reading it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It captures the feel of Russia at the start of the 19th century.


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

    No.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd listen to this narrator any day--clear and capable of conveying a great deal by tone of voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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