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War and Peace, Volume 2 | [Leo Tolstoy]

War and Peace, Volume 2

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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    Tanmaya berkeley, CA, United States 04-09-12
    Tanmaya berkeley, CA, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "An amazing journey!"

    War and peace is not a book it is a journey!

    As someone who loves to read non-fiction primarily books on history and military strategy, listening t war and peace was very different. But yet it has changed my outlook on history and life. The questions raised by Tolstoy over hundred years ago are still fresh and makes you stop and think. Neville Jason has done an awesome job with narration I do not think it could be better.

    Overall there are so many moments that I stop and go "WOW". The observations on human emotion at the the time of war and its contrast with peace is vivid and eye opening. I would highly recommend this book!!

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    Michael Sydney, Australia 02-09-12
    Michael Sydney, Australia 02-09-12 Member Since 2007

    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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    "A great book, a great performance."
    Where does War and Peace, Volume 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Numéro un


    What was one of the most memorable moments of War and Peace, Volume 2?

    It's all good.


    What about Neville Jason’s performance did you like?

    He is fantastic. Consistent and easy to listen to.


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

    Just love this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favour and listen to this book. Then buy a copy of the book, read it yourself. What ever you do, don't watch the 1950s Hollywood production of War & Peace. The novel is so much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 02-09-12
    Ellen LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 02-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fabulous narrator"

    Truly makes this epic story come alive. I will look for other performances by Mr.Jason.

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    pilot East Coast 08-17-11
    pilot East Coast 08-17-11 Member Since 2008

    Listening to books makes my mundane tasks so much more palatable.

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    "A long but worthy listen"

    This is a terrific novel, and the narrator is one of the best I have heard to date. Neville Jason changes between the character seamlessly. His reading is dramatic, but not over-the-top.

    Obviously the story is a commitment, but it is a worthy one. Get through the first few hours and you will be hooked.

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    Christine Sherbrooke,, Quebec, Canada 11-06-10
    Christine Sherbrooke,, Quebec, Canada 11-06-10 Member Since 2010
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    "A statement of life, love and learning..."

    War and peace...in history, in relationships, in love, in mariage, in families, in your soul. This is an epic story of each person's quest for meaning and for love and intimacy with God, with man...your neighbour and with the opposite sex. A must to read in your lifetime!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Walker New Zealand 04-10-08
    Bryan Walker New Zealand 04-10-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Pleasure continues"

    The pleasure I had in Neville Jason's reading of Volume 1 continued unabated through Volume 2. His rendition is intelligent and sensitive and his ability to produce a variety of voices and stay in character with them is a tremendous help to the listener. A great reading of a great novel

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    James Centerville, OH, United States 01-02-12
    James Centerville, OH, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Rooting for Napoleon, but alas!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Folks who enjoy reading about everyday characters going through years of their uneventful lives, who even through the rare exciting events, learn nothing, may enjoy this book.


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

    Stop building characters and let them have something exciting happen to them. By the way, I greatly enjoyed the level of description Tolstoy employed, and his style of writing--there was just far too much of it without anything of note happening...at all. And I am a bibliophile. I enjoyed the historical context Tolstoy put at the beginning of the books and at key sections. Did not enjoy the constant drivel about men having no significant role in history, that great men were merely objects moved by the hand of God, blah, blah, blah. I am a very religious person, but this became more than tedious to listen to.


    What about Neville Jason’s performance did you like?

    Very good characterizations, and knowledge of Russian pronunciations. Excellent dramatization of key emotional parts. Mr. Jason was one of the key reasons I pushed through to the end.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from War and Peace, Volume 2?

    Pierre's foray into Stone Masonry was completely useless to the development of his character, other than to show that he was searching for truth. No spoiler because this plot element was utterly pointless.


    Any additional comments?

    Spoiler Alert. Tons of potential. The love story between Andre' and Natasha was heartbreaking. When Pierre began to fall in love with her, I was almost screaming at the book:

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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