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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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    bksellerguynj new jersey 11-19-16
    bksellerguynj new jersey 11-19-16

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    "Great narrator"

    This narrator was perfect for my needs I listen while I walk for miles several days per week every weekend. With headphones and listening on my iPhone like I had no trouble understanding a single word ordered for the entire 166 chapters of part one of war and peace I thoroughly recommend this narration and of course the book it's only taken me three weeks to get through the audiobook. It would've taken much longer to read it in hardcopy especially when I spend hours walking every week wonderful product I am buying the second part and will finish War & peace before Christmas.

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    Amazon Customer 10-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    what can be said that hasn't been said? I read this two years ago and enjoyed listening as much

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    Joseph 09-28-16
    Joseph 09-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow! Timeless!"

    It honestly took me over 2 months to finish this but it was worth every minute. Im mentally preparing myself for volume 2, as this was a lot to chew, but damn this book got it all. Love, Jealousy, Loss, Pride-- Thoughts of the old and young-- you could place these characters in modern times and find within them someone in your lifetime that you recognize.

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    Mike 08-22-16
    Mike 08-22-16 Member Since 2014

    I am a retired business man who wanted to be a History teacher.at the age of 81 Im catching up on my favourite historical characters & event

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    "Masterpiece of a time long ago"

    Outstanding narration from Neville Jason.Great patience is needed to take in such a long story,& this is only part 1,but it certainly explains how the Russian Revolution was bound to happen.Such inequalities in the lives of Russians,such wealth and poverty.Fully recommended,if you have plenty of time.

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    TeamDowager New England 08-14-16
    TeamDowager New England 08-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent story and fantastic performance!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this first half of War & Peace! The narrator is skilled at capturing emotion and personality. A worthy audiobook for Tolstoy!

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    Tony Pieri 07-22-16
    Tony Pieri 07-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I don't get the hype"

    I don't understand why this book is considered one of literatures finest pieces of work. Yes, it was poetic at times, and some parts were very though provoking. You can tell Leo Tolstoy was a romantic, but his character and setting building is horrible. He jumps from point to point with no transitions. He doesn't introduce characters well, and never uses references so you can get to know the characters. It makes it hard to care about anything that is happening. The small amount of war story was nice. It didn't matter if you knew the characters, the action captured you, but that was few and far between. Most of the story is just drama between families that you don't really care about.

    An example of what I am talking about (spoiler warning) at one point Price Andrei gets wounded in battle and captured. When they first talking about him in the war, I didn't remember him ever being mentioned. So, I had no clue who he was and why I cared. After he was captured a the Russians went to find dead and wounded on the battlefield, they didn't find him. His father, Count Bolkonsky, assumed he was dead. There was a big moment when it talks about him almost giving up on life and declaring his son dead. He told everyone in the city. Then, out of nowhere, Prince Andrei is back and wanting to court Natasha. There was no explanation of how he got back, what the effect on his father was or anything. I didn't even know it was the same person. I had to go back and look. You have to study this book to follow it. Imo, that isn't good writing.

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    Erica 06-17-16
    Erica 06-17-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful"

    I love this book and it shows true insight into the human heart relevant even today

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    Jonathan 06-13-16
    Jonathan 06-13-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic! Best version of War and Peace"

    This production is far superior to the older one. I love this story and can't wait to start the next half.
    The cast is huge and the characters are complex and real. I would suggest a notebook to keep track of the characters (there are so many and with different names and nicknames and titles of each character) and the plot.

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    Carl Skouson Freestone 05-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "it took me awhile to get engaged. But I'm hooked"

    it took me a while to get into the book. But once I got the characters straight and who they were I really enjoyed it.

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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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