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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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Critic Reviews

"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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Tolstoy is genius!

So far so good! Tolstoy has the ability to capture the smallest and yet most singular details of the human experience through what I think is, so far, one of the most epic of war-time sagas. This story sweeps across such various facets of life (war, language, family, love, etc.) and characters and ranks. Though long and involved, it has the potential to teach all of us about the way that we have been, the way that we are and what we might we might become.

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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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b beautiful

what can be said that hasn't been said? I read this two years ago and enjoyed listening as much

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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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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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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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Wonderful

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

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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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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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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.