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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (722 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leo Tolstoy Narrator: Neville Jason Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Achab_ | 2/17/2014

    " it took me half the book to start to understand and remember the character's names and relationships (i almost had to write it down at the end of the book), but it was worth it. apart from some parts about the war that were not entirely to my taste, it was a great adventure, and i'll be happy to see how it's going to evolve in book 2. :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydney Young | 2/4/2014

    " Inspired by Pat Conroy's admission that he revisits this book every year, I decided to listen to the story again. The writing is so compelling and I love the mini historical and philosophical sessions. This book is still tops for me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 1/15/2014

    " A good way into this is the incomparable six-part series starring the young Anthony Hopkins. Netflix has it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith Gold | 1/13/2014

    " loved the book but i could not get through the second epilogue! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 1/5/2014

    " Lo puedo leer y releer mil veces, es una maravilla "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 6/29/2013

    " Interesting. A bit difficult to follow when you just listen to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl Purdon | 6/26/2013

    " I read this book several years ago as a challenge to myself and discovered that I actually enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 4/13/2013

    " I'm halfway there! It's a great ride! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara G | 3/10/2013

    " I do love a good Russian tale, Anna Karenina being my favourite, and this was pretty good although I will have to slog through the other 200000 volumes to see how it ends. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lace | 1/25/2013

    " I give up! I cannot get into this book! I know its a classic, and I really wanted to read it, but it just sucks! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 W T withheld | 11/4/2012

    " the most cinematic book i've ever read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Zbarcea | 12/28/2011

    " A very complex book about love, war. Complex characters. Really delightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachelheavers | 9/6/2011

    " Mock at Will, but I have a lot of spare time at night and Tolstoy is a wonderful writer. Not sure how I'm going to make it through, please encourage. While reading this book, I realize that no other book ever really needs to be written, it has it all "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Imen Prima | 5/25/2011

    " Mes impressions ? Ce n'est pas juste un roman ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harry | 5/22/2011

    " When Tolstoy tells his character's stories, this book fairly sings. When he lectures on military tactics it's a snooze fest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 5/22/2011

    " I actually read the Dunnigan translation. A great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 5/19/2011

    " Read the Garnett translation. It's less Anglicized. There is an even better revision of Garnett
    The three volume format of the Everyman's edition is easier to hold in bed or anywhere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boni | 5/18/2011

    " The old Signet Classic, 1968 first printing that I read was not listed in goood Reads
    Was Translated by Ann Dunnigan with an Introduction by John Bayley

    I agree, War and Peace is the greatest novel ever written.



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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ctb | 5/17/2011

    " Loved the societal, political, cultural aspects. Extended descriptions of cannons bored me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete | 5/14/2011

    " Epic story. Hard work at first but you grow to know the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cjl | 5/13/2011

    " The best novel ever written.
    I read War and Peace regularly, and I've read several different translations. This is the best.
    Drops dripped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alla | 5/8/2011

    " The peace I love, war made me quit the book 3/4 of the way through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer M. | 5/8/2011

    " this book was recommended by one of my friends... i have been reading it for the past 3 years and i am only through half. to say its a slow read is understating the situation. its my goal to finish it this year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JP | 5/5/2011

    " I found Pierre Bezukhov irritating and unlikeable. The character I identified with was Prince Andrei. Of course we all know what happens in the end. "

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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

Neville Jason is an award–winning narrator, as well as a television and stage actor. He has earned seven AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He is a former member of the Old Vic Company, the English Stage Company, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Birmingham Repertory Company. While training at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, he was awarded the diction prize by Sir John Gielgud.