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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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    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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    K. Sailor Saskatoon 07-04-15
    K. Sailor Saskatoon 07-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story well read"

    I love War and Peace, having read it three times and each time it gets better. The reader doors a fine job, but how could anyone do ask of the characters justice? a little allowance and imagination are required, but given that, wonderful!

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    Catherine York Gainesville, FL USA 05-20-15
    Catherine York Gainesville, FL USA 05-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "WOW! Best piece of Western literature."
    If you could sum up War and Peace, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Tolstoy knows the human condition and heart!


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

    When Anatole Kuragin nearly abducted Natasha...OMG!!


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

    Nicolai Rostov


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are so many...truly. The accounts of the battles are so real you feel as though you are there.


    Any additional comments?

    Only so sorry I waited so long to read this epic classic. It's truly life changing.

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    Steve Ventura, CA, United States 05-17-15
    Steve Ventura, CA, United States 05-17-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Just can't get through it"
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    I have tried and tried to get through this book, but it just does not hold me. There are too many Russian names and characters. I mostly wanted to read it because I wanted to learn more about Napoleon, but unfortunately this book did not accomplish that.

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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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