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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.

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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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    Amazon Customer pagosa springs, co United States 02-24-16
    Amazon Customer pagosa springs, co United States 02-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "nothing else like it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes absolutely, the greatest novel ever written and the greatest narration of all time


    What did you like best about this story?

    there is nothing not to like


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

    no, I haven't


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

    no, nothing extreme


    Any additional comments?

    the narration is a master class, just an incredible performance.

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    Rick Armstead 02-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth The Time"

    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.

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    Garnet Red Shanghai, China 01-04-16
    Garnet Red Shanghai, China 01-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrative was brilliant!"

    A tough slog to read, listening to this fabulous narration helps to keep the difficult names in order.

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    Jen42 Seattle, WA 12-12-15
    Jen42 Seattle, WA 12-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Gripping and amazingly narrated!"
    What did you love best about War and Peace, Volume 1?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of War and Peace, Volume 1?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Neville Jason – was your favorite?

    Maria Dmitrievna, definitely.


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

    It's full of emotional moments with characters you get to know exquisitely well.


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    Aletheia Celio 11-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful narration"

    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.

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    DonAM 10-17-15
    DonAM 10-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Listening was a nice change from reading it"
    If you could sum up War and Peace, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

    massively parallel history


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's the story of life, from the intimate to the ultimate scope.


    What does Neville Jason bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His reading was outstanding. His narration never flagged, became tiresome or got in the way of appreciating the book. His pace was just right.


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

    Identification with the main character in relation to some of my own experiences in war and peace.


    Any additional comments?

    It would have benefited from some editing.

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    Rick815 08-29-15
    Rick815 08-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A masterpiece brilliantly read"

    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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    Chris L. Colglazier 07-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful"

    Perfect reading, good voices, diction, and speed. A great way to experience one of the best books ever written.

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    Roman Toronto, Ontario, Canada 07-18-15
    Roman Toronto, Ontario, Canada 07-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "fantastic!"

    what can I say, wonderful book masterfully read or should I say performed by a superb artist

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    Twang 07-16-15
    Twang 07-16-15

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    "Could not be done better!"

    Narrator is a MAJOR talent and made this classic even more enjoyable! War and Peace is as relevant as ever.

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