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I downloaded a free study guide off the web and that helped me keep the characters straight in the beginning. The guide's critical analysis helped me enjoy the book even more. Be sure to let the first several hours wash over you. Just enjoy being swept along. Soon you'll remember who everyone is and be thoroughly engrossed. My dogs got extra long walks for a couple months! I was sorry it ended.
109 of 113 people found this review helpful
I first read the book when in High School many years ago. Only now do I realize that much of the complexity and substance had escaped my first encounter.This is a timeless classic and a work of genius. The narration was superb. I was sorry to see it end.
20 of 20 people found this review helpful
As I'm nearly 70, I realised I'll never have time to read War and Peace. I'm now in the middle of listening to part 3, and enchanted. I didn't know it was full of irony and humour. the reading is perfect, for me, wonderfully camp. So I go on the bus with my Freedom pass, and when people ask me what music I have on my iPod I'm delighted to tell them that it's War and Peace!
32 of 32 people found this review helpful
The narrator has a good voice but the characters are ruined in the most part by his rather annoying, if not incredibly grating, 'take' on the main players. Pierre sounds vacuous, Andre half dead and the women simpering and worst of all what has he done to Natasha! I do not know if I can take 50 hrs plus of this!
18 of 18 people found this review helpful
Great work and excellent writing, but very hard to follow because of the difference between today's language and the way it is written.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
An epic in its scale of historical events, the unfolding of its characters' and the philosophical terrain they navigate. without doubt the most enlightening combination of fiction, history and philosophy I have encountered! Outstanding performance from its reader.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful