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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Judith Gold | 1/13/2014

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

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