War and Peace Vol. 1 (Dole Translation)


Read by MaryAnn

(4.6 stars; 50 reviews)

”War and Peace” is a panoramic novel: It is its own justification, and perhaps needs no introduction. It always reminds the translator of a broad and mighty river flowing onward with all the majesty of Fate. On its surface, float swiftly by logs and stumps, cakes of ice, perhaps drowned cattle or men from regions far above. These floating straws, insignificant in themselves, tell the current. Once embark upon it, and it is impossible to escape the onward force that moves you so relentlessly. What landscapes you pass through, what populous towns, what gruesome defiles, what rapids, what cataracts! The water may be turbid, or it may flow translucent and pure, – but still it rushes on. Such to me is “War and Peace.”

“War and Peace,” like all of Count Tolstoi’s works, is a mighty protest against war. There is no arguing in it about the waste, and the demoralization, and the cruelty, and the unmanliness of it, but, like all Russian argument, it is by vivid pictures such as no one can resist.

The present translation has been made from the original Russian. Tolstoi has been felicitously called “the Russian Rembrandt.” It is not fair to reproduce Rembrandt as a Teniers. One may be sometimes tempted to substitute the curved line of beauty for the straight line of duty, or soften a harsh silhouette, but beyond certain unavoidable issues of the sort necessary for reproducing the impression given by the original, the translator ought to be as faithful as possible. Here the old law of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, repudiated by Count Tolstoi, ought to have a new application. (from the Preface by N.H. Dole)

Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3 (to be recorded)
Volume 4 (to be recorded)

(15 hr 2 min)

Chapters

Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 1 14:22 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 2 9:11 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 3 13:58 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 4 19:18 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 5 9:37 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 6 16:35 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 7 14:09 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 8 11:56 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 9 6:28 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 10 9:30 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 11 5:21 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 12 10:52 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 13 10:33 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 14 13:28 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 15 5:12 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 16 16:00 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 17 7:43 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 18 14:07 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 19 18:07 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 20 11:32 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 21 11:36 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 22 11:09 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 23 23:01 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 24 12:02 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 25 11:43 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 1 Ch 26 21:55 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 1 12:21 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 2 18:24 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 3 16:15 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 4 19:31 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 5 8:11 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 6 6:26 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 7 12:06 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 8 21:53 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 9 12:12 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 10 14:32 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 11 6:49 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 12 13:58 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 13 14:48 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 14 7:45 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 15 13:19 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 16 6:08 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 17 11:37 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 18 11:14 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 19 14:33 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 20 15:22 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 21 20:19 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 3 Ch 1 21:12 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 3 Ch 2 21:16 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 3 Ch 3 20:33 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 3 Ch 4 19:54 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 3 Ch 5 14:51 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 3 Ch 6 15:06 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 3 Ch 7 21:14 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 3 Ch 8 12:26 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 3 Ch 9 15:39 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 3 Ch 10 12:46 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 3 Ch 11 10:42 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 3 Ch 12 16:34 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 3 Ch 13 14:59 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 3 Ch 14 13:48 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 3 Ch 15 14:12 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 3 Ch 16 9:43 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 3 Ch 17 12:17 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 3 Ch 18 16:46 Read by MaryAnn
Vol 1 Part 3 Ch 19 11:10 Read by MaryAnn

Reviews

one of my favorite readers

(1 stars)

I could not keep up with the flow of thought. Just when a plot was/about to be clarified, then characters began to bemoan about something else. I just don't see what the big deal is about this book. I believe it's only the "name brand" of the author. I will still try the other volumes. Hopefully there's improvement.

yikes

(3 stars)

one of my all time favorite readers who pirouettes effortlessly through all the Russian surnames can't pronounce viscount correctly. Had to stop listening early on coz I was shouting at the stupid tablet. Will drink a bit of wine and try again later when the viz counts are replaced by princes, I hope.

Best reading of the test

(5 stars)

Mary Anne does the best reading of War & Peace. While it may come across dispassionate, it's at least intelligible yet brisk. I highly recommend this over the other multi volume readings.

(4 stars)

Very well read and what a monumental undertaking! The bits in french remind me very much of officer Crabtree, but that's just a minor annoyance. Highly recommended!

Best Reader!

(5 stars)

MaryAnn's readings are a gift to this world. I highly recommend her reading of Anna Karenina also.

A+

(5 stars)

A great quality audio book, in terms of both tech side and the reading itself. Highly recommended!

(5 stars)

Really great narration. Timeless tale well told by writer and reader. Great experience all the way through.

reader

(5 stars)

The reader read beautifully. it was a pleasure just to listen to her voice.