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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (77,338 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leo Tolstoy Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “There remains the greatest of all novelists—for what else can we call the author of War and Peace?”

    Virginia Woolf

  • “If the world could write by itself, it would write like Tolstoy.”

    Isaak Babel, Russian author

  • “[A] complex plot, vivid characters, and profound insights into war and the nature of power.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “There will not be a better recording of Tolstoy’s masterpiece for some time…the genius of this book is everlasting. The impressive dialog sparkles with humor and wit, and the vivid scenes of battle are riveting…Davidson’s exquisite narration heightens the perfection of this novel, regarded as one of the greatest in literature.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barbwire Sugarbeet | 2/12/2014

    " I felt aged after I was done this. Like a good cheddar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ann | 2/8/2014

    " What to say that hasn't already been said? Sublime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Evelyn | 2/1/2014

    " I've finally finished it! It's taken me around two months, but I think it was worth it in the end, if only to be able to say that I've actually read it. War and Peace seems to be the most truly epic book ever written, so it wasn't an easy read. Tolstoy's prose is brilliant and I loved the actual story parts of the different classes, but the history parts that he weaves in and out throughout are really tough going. I need to brush up on my russian history now! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carrie | 1/26/2014

    " I thought this crusty old behemoth couldn't possibly be up to 140 years of hype but it was and remains the best book I've ever read. I read it as fast as I read Da Vinci Code and I didn't have to feel ashamed afterward. I skipped the last philisophical debate on historical writing. I think it should have been cut, personally, but you can't argue with the Russians. "

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