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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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!
Magnificent book, horrible reader
This is such a grand and magnificent novel, and the sprawl of it lends itself to audio, but sadly, this reader is unbearable. He has a grossly exaggerated, afffected tone, pinching off each sentence and holding his voice in a taut, haughty monotone as if he is in great strain to speak every word. He makes each character distinct, but not one of them speaks as a normal person does. It is very distracting and annoying. I made it through five hours of this before giving up and buying the newer recording of a reading by Neville Jason, who is splendid. I highly recommend this lavishly entertaining, profound novel, but strongly urge anyone to avoid this reading.