Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once a historical war epic, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Noted for its mastery of realistic detail and psychological analysis, it follows the metamorphosis of five aristocratic families against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars.
Individual stories interweave as each of Tolstoy’s memorable characters seek fulfillment, fall in love, make mistakes, and become scarred by war in different ways. Out of this complex narrative emerges a profound examination of the individual’s place in the historical process.
Thomas Mann praised Tolstoy for his Homeric powers: “To be played upon by the animal keenness of this eye, the sheer power of this creative attack, the entirely clear and true greatness…of this epic, is to find one’s way home...to everything within us that is fundamental and sane.”
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Great book, just read it
This is one of the best novels ever written (its only competitor being The Brothers Karamazov), and I believe it should be read in its original form, on paper. With such a rich book, it is impossible to grasp all of its meaning when it is going by so quickly on an mp3. I am currently re-reading it, and am about half way through. Each page takes me two or three minutes to read in order to grasp any of the meaning aside from plot. How quickly is it being read to you on this audiobook? Aside from this obvious difficulty of it being an audiobook, I suggest Penguin Classics' second most recent translation by Rosemary Edmunds and not this one.
War and Peace
An incredible voice for reading such a classic book. The book is long, yes - it written that way and to have an unabridged edition read to us is wonderful. I think all shall enjoy the voice, the story and the history. If you like to be read to this is perfect.
This book is amazing! Hands down life changing! Oh and to the gentlemen named Weirdalfan, you used two words... Mind you it makes no difference... Even if it where one word you would still be an idiot!