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4.43 out of 54.43 out of 54.43 out of 54.43 out of 54.43 out of 5 4.43 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leo Tolstoy Narrator: Edward Petherbridge Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN:
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At a glittering society party in St Petersburg in 1805, conversations are dominated by the prospect of war. Terror swiftly engulfs the country as Napoleon's army marches on Russia, and the lives of three young people are changed forever. The stories of quixotic Pierre, cynical Andrey, and impetuous Natasha interweave with a huge cast, from aristocrats and peasants, to soldiers and Napoleon himself.

In War and Peace (1868-9), Tolstoy entwines grand themes - conflict and love, birth and death, free will and fate - with unforgettable scenes of 19th-century Russia, to create a magnificent epic of human life in all its imperfection and grandeur.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Von L | 2/16/2014

    " This is one of those books you get lost in. As it switches from character to character, each one is compelling. I think the mastery of Tolstoy is his ability to make you feel like you are right there, looking over the shoulder of the characters. An amazing read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maverick Blanton | 2/14/2014

    " Just as good as everyone says, but make sure you have a lot of time to dedicate to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Cope | 2/13/2014

    " Tolstoy is a genius, what more can I say? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Thompson | 2/6/2014

    " This might reflect on me poorly to intellectuals, but Tolstoy's style doesn't do a lot for me. His characters and stories should be brilliant, but his execution loses my interest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joyce Oliver stahle | 2/4/2014

    " I didn't make it through the book. I liked Anna Kerina better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 1/30/2014

    " I definitely enjoyed War and Peace more than I had expected. Sure, it's long, drawn-out, and there are a ton of characters, but it's an enjoyable story. I didn't mind paying attention to all of the details, because I enjoyed the payoff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elvira Baryakina | 1/20/2014

    " The greatest novel of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pinar Tunakan | 1/14/2014

    " Tolstoy's women characters are not as deep as they are supposed to be. Also, he comes across as a pedantic bigot when it comes to women. Dostoyevski was far better in creating/ describing women characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AJ Macrae | 1/5/2014

    " From what I could remember, it was divided into 5 books. The first 3 I literally could not put down but the last two was a real drag. Still a great book on the whole though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ralph Davis | 12/26/2013

    " I can't decide whether "War and Peace" or "The Brothers Karamazov" is the greatest novel ever written. And what difference does it make? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sigrid Reynolds | 12/5/2013

    " I confess to skimming the last chapter for the story elements instead of the philosophy. Fascinated by Decembrist origins. Great book overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leora | 11/20/2013

    " Everyone should read this book at least once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 7/21/2013

    " I hate to pretentious and pick this novel as the best ever, but it really is. Simply in awe of Tolstoy. Love this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 7/17/2013

    " I think a few people have reviewed this book already, right? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rudy Parker | 4/23/2013

    " First read this at twelve, then 24 so i'll have to read it again when i'm 48! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Kaufman | 4/21/2013

    " Epic in scale! Napoleons invasion of Russia. Very long and complicated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kety | 4/16/2013

    " If you cut out the ballroom scenes it's actually a very nice book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 4ZZZ | 3/15/2013

    " As long a book as I have ever read. Apart from Tolstoy's philosophical rant about history at the end there is no much to do other than say what a magnificent novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 2/10/2013

    " I've read this in English twice and half of it in Russian. Nothing compares to it in terms of sweeping events, dramatic characters and complex plots. Make a copy of the characters from the list at the beginning of the book to have at hand. You'll need it. But so worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 11/1/2012

    " What can I say, what new accolade can I add?War and Peace is, simply, the greatest novel ever written. That's all I can say about that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari Eggerling | 10/18/2012

    " I enjoyed the parts with the interaction of the characters but disliked the war parts. "

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About the Author
Author Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) was born about two hundred miles from Moscow. His mother died when he was two, his father when he was nine. His parents were of noble birth, and Tolstoy remained acutely aware of his aristocratic roots, even when he later embraced doctrines of equality and the brotherhood of man. After serving in the army in the Caucasus and Crimea, where he wrote his first stories, he traveled and studied educational theories. In 1862 he married Sophia Behrs and for the next fifteen years lived a tranquil, productive life, finishing War and Peace in 1869 and Anna Karenina in 1877. In 1879 he underwent a spiritual crisis; he sought to propagate his beliefs on faith, morality, and nonviolence, writing mostly parables, tracts, and morality plays. Tolstoy died of pneumonia in 1910 at the age of eighty-two.

About the Narrator

Edward Petherbridge’s theater experience is extensive. He originated the role of Guildenstern in the original production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and he has been nominated for two Tony Awards, one for Nicholas Nickleby and the other for Strange Interlude. For the latter he also received an Olivier Award. His television and film credits include Gulliver’s Travels, An Awfully Big Adventure, No Strings, and Lord Peter Wimsey.