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War and Peace Audiobook

War and Peace

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Publisher's Summary

Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable. Out of this complex narrative emerges a profound examination of the individual's place in the historical process, one that makes it clear why Thomas Mann praised Tolstoy for his Homeric powers and placed War and Peace in the same category as The Iliad.

War and Peace was translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude.

(P)1998 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Mark Berlin, MA, United States 10-08-14
    Mark Berlin, MA, United States 10-08-14
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    "Classic For a Reason"

    Lev Tolstoy himself did not consider this a novel; while it does contain a telling of several precious artistocratic families' ordeals, it also lays out the Christian Anarchist case against war, and most amusingly against the historians of his day (the mid-19th century). These think pieces, or editorials, were my favorite parts of the book. But it's also delightful how they explain what happens to these aristocrats, who quite frankly haven't the first clue of how their own behavior is driving events, and how reality is crushing their genteel lifestyle.

    The epic scope of this book, I feel, is probably best appreciated in Audiobook format, where it can wash over you and past you and never get bogged down.

    Also, Frederick Davidson (a.k.a. David Case) was one of the best narrators ever, starting with "Books on Tape", and mastering the ability to deliver distinct voices for each character (even just passing soldiers). If you've never heard any of his work, you're missing out on a master.

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    Caroline 08-06-14
    Caroline 08-06-14
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    "Excellent narration"

    Davidson is a terrific reader. He creates dozens of characters with his voice, each one quite suitable, and maintains them over 1300 pages. He also manages to read Tolstoy’s repetitive essays on the myth of the great man and the force of a people without going nuts, which is more than you would do if you were reading it yourself.

    While Tolstoy is annoying at times, there is no denying the power of the work. You gain a sense of Russian isolation and are forced to consider what does drive human history, even if you don’t agree with Tolstoy’s explanation.

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    Kristin 02-28-14
    Kristin 02-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful story and well read."

    The beauty of listening to books is when I get a good one I don't want to stop....so I create excuses to have my headphones in, long runs and bike rides, hikes with the dogs, cleaning the house.

    This book was so good I trained for a half marathon and my house was very clean.

    Definite recommend.

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    K. Vlasov Indiana 02-26-14
    K. Vlasov Indiana 02-26-14 Member Since 2017
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    "hard to listen to"
    What disappointed you about War and Peace?

    Couldn't stand how the narrator pronounced the Russian names.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Frederick Davidson’s performances?

    No. Besides the names, overall this narrator was hard to listen to for me.


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    DRK 12-21-13
    DRK 12-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Long but worth it!"
    What did you love best about War and Peace?

    This is a history book, war story and love story all in one book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I wish women would narrate women's voices.


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

    I was totally surprised by how much I enjoyed the love story aspect/portions of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Most military officers will love this book. The first few hours are TOUGH as the dozen plus characters are introduced. Hang in there. Once you are hooked, YOU ARE HOOKED for 60+ hours.

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    Wayne Wasilla, AK, United States 11-21-13
    Wayne Wasilla, AK, United States 11-21-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Poor narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, I would not due to difficult narration.


    What didn’t you like about Frederick Davidson’s performance?

    I am sure this is a great book but I'll never find out because I couldn't get past the narrator. I prefer narration that simply reads the book with enough vocal variation to get the point across that different characters are speaking. Frederic Davidson tries too hard to add stylization and ends up getting in the way of the story.


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    Mark Edgar 11-16-13
    Mark Edgar 11-16-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Education Wrapped Tail"

    A great book of history through story. I love the breakdown and background the author gives as well as his explanation of history and opinion.

    As I listened it reminded me of a cross between the TV Drama "The Paradise" and 'Saving Private Ryan" with a sprinkle of illuminate.

    I like the narrator - dose great female voice that brings a smile. I heard him before, narrating 'The History of the World' another 60+ hour book that he makes an easy listen.

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    Ex-Patty 11-02-13
    Ex-Patty 11-02-13

    New Englander Living in Latin America

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    "Marvelous!"
    If you could sum up War and Peace in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing, illuminating, intelligent


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sweeping history encompassed in this work is breath taking.


    Which character – as performed by Frederick Davidson – was your favorite?

    The characters were so beautifully and meticulously created, both fictional and historical, and read by Frederick Davidson it was impossible to pick one of the 20-30 there were. However, my favorite was one who didn't last long, Petya Rostov. Piotr was the main voice in the work narrating much of the history through his experiences which were formidable. The character that Tolstoy illuminated most for me was Napoleon. Tolstoy's revealed a Napoleon that shed much light on the wars and fate of European countries that I hadn't discovered previously. It was amazing.


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

    I cried when Petya Rostov went into battle so young and ...


    Any additional comments?

    Frederick Davidson was superb. He had an amazing command of the book and it's characters. His accents were beautiful and gave so much depth to the reading. He freaked me out a little with the British accent (in a Russian book) and a Cockney accent for the Russian Peasants, however, I don't know who else could have read the book so well.

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    Jeffrey Vista, CA, United States 10-10-13
    Jeffrey Vista, CA, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A philosophical masterpiece!!!"

    I will not lie that I had my doubts when beginning this audiobook. The accent in which the narrator spoke seemed a bit annoying and harder to follow compared to the other audiobooks I've heard. But once you get introduced to the characters and get more conditioned to the narrator (who actually did a phenomenal job and deserves some kind of award for his 60 hour performance), you will look forward to your journey into Russia's high society and fall in love with this book.

    The combination of the beloved characters, profound philosophies, and fascinating historical perspective makes this a capital read.
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    Tim United States 08-16-13
    Tim United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2011

    I read nothing that is popular.

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    "Amazing and Grueling"

    I've been alive for 38 years so far and I would never had thought that I would read "War and Peace." It feels like I've been reading this book for months and I can't remember what I read previously. I've always wanted to read War and Peace ever since my high school teacher explained to us the beehives metaphor. I thought it would be a good way to enjoy the rest of the summer to spend two weeks with this novel.

    It is amazing and grueling all at the same time. There was a point where I just hit the wall and couldn't read anymore and needed to go outside and play, but the craft of writing is so good that I wanted to finish it.

    I concur, that this is one of the finest literature works that has been written. It is something that you should try to tackle in your lifetime. Either you are listening or reading the text, it is something that you need to pick up, if you enjoy reading.

    There are many of us that accomplish this task and appreciate Leo Tolstoy's drama.

    I'm not too sure that I will read War and Peace again, but I'm really glad that I read the beginning to end.

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