War and Peace, Book 01: 1805
War and Peace (Russian: Война и мир, Voyna i mir; in original orthography: Война и миръ, Voyna i mir") is an epic novel by Leo Tolstoy, first published from 1865 to 1869 in Russki Vestnik, which tells the story of Russian society during the Napoleonic Era. It is usually described as one of Tolstoy's two major masterpieces (the other being Anna Karenina) as well as one of the world's greatest novels.
War and Peace offered a new kind of fiction, with a great many characters caught up in a plot that covered nothing less than the grand subjects indicated by the title, combined with the equally large topics of youth, age and marriage. While today it is considered a novel, it broke so many novelistic conventions of its day that many critics of Tolstoy's time did not consider it as such. Tolstoy himself considered Anna Karenina (1878) to be his first attempt at a novel in the European sense. (Summary by Wikipedia)Note: The novel is split in 15 books. This is the recording of book one, which covers the events in the year 1805. (5 hr 31 min)
|Chapter 01||14:49||Read by Rainer|
|Chapter 02||9:13||Read by Stewart Wills|
|Chapter 03||9:49||Read by Nomenphile|
|Chapter 04||9:00||Read by Nomenphile|
|Chapter 05||13:00||Read by Nomenphile|
|Chapter 06||9:25||Read by Stewart Wills|
|Chapter 07||7:21||Read by Stewart Wills|
|Chapter 08||8:17||Read by David Barnes|
|Chapter 09||12:56||Read by Richard Grove|
|Chapter 10||11:41||Read by Patricia Oakley|
|Chapter 11||6:13||Read by Patricia Oakley|
|Chapter 12||8:26||Read by Chip|
|Chapter 13||5:08||Read by Chip|
|Chapter 14||9:24||Read by Chip|
|Chapter 15||10:34||Read by Kristin LeMoine|
|Chapter 16||13:11||Read by Kristin LeMoine|
|Chapter 17||5:25||Read by Kristin LeMoine|
|Chapter 18||15:17||Read by JemmaBlythe|
|Chapter 19||7:07||Read by Alex Foster|
|Chapter 20||12:19||Read by Alex Foster|
|Chapter 21||23:21||Read by miette|
|Chapter 22||15:20||Read by miette|
|Chapter 23||15:12||Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)|
|Chapter 24||15:21||Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)|
|Chapter 25||24:42||Read by Ezwa|
|Chapter 26||11:31||Read by Alex Foster|
|Chapter 27||9:08||Read by Kristen McQuillin|
|Chapter 28||18:29||Read by Kristen McQuillin|
war and peace, the entire novel
This is a wonderful collaboration of volunteers that read this book, with the exception of one reader. If someone would re-read her parts it would simply be amazing! If I hadn't had really wanted to finish the book I couldn't have made it. as it is I honestly can't recommend someone listening. one thing you should do before deciding to listen is go find a chapter or two read by Eva and if you can handle it go for it! She does get a little better towards the end. there are some awesome readers involved as well! If you listen I wish you luck!
Peace - Book 1...and probably the rest
Unfortunately, multiple people have contributed to reading this novel and there are problems with this for me. First, there is not enough attention being given by some to the recording level so some of their uploads are so low, my iPod is not able to reproduce the audio at an acceptable level. The bigger issue is that some of these well meaning folks have heavy accents, or pause too much, or try acting a bit too much, and I'm having trouble concentrating on the content. I'm sure this format would work fine if any one of these people would read the whole Novel, talented as they all are, but because you have so many different readers (one for EACH CHAPTER before I had to give it up) there's something missing. Sorry for the bad review, but this was my experience. I had to stop near the end of the first book. I must say that my other Librivox/Archive.org audio books have been outstanding.
This book is so epic and so worth listening too! It is layered, it is heartfelt, it is beautiful, it is cold and analytic, and it is the most riveting writing about battle that I have read and there are many good books on the topic. As for the people who complain about the readers, I doubt many of them made it past the first book. Once you've listened for a while the readers becomes familiar and I welcomed them like old friends. There were very few that were difficult to listen to and only two or three chapters in the whole 17 book recording that were unlistenable. This is such every rewarding read. I highly recommend it! Many thanks to all the readers for the hours and hours of hard work you put in to make this possible!
Narrators ruin it
To begin with, this isn't the kind of book I'm typically interested in. It's one of those classics that people say you have to read before you die, so I thought I'd give it a try. The story is a little hard to follow, there are a lot of characters with several names each, and it's a little boring. None of that would usually bother me much because I recognize that this is part one of fifteen (seventeen counting the epilogues), and things are bound to get better. That being said, my biggest complaint is with the narrators. Different accents, different pronunciations, different volumes, different speeds and rhythms and all of that throw me off every time a new chapter starts. I swear the woman from chapter 18 must have been slowly dying while recording. That's commitment.
I am very sorry to give this review.
I have always hoped to read this book, for it has gotten wonderful reviews, however, I just couldn't get past the narrator's voice. It is rather difficult to comprehend and his accent is also very distracting.
War and Peace certainly lives up to it's reputation as one of the most magnificent stories written. However, I strongly urge all narrators to limit their reading to recordings in their native/fluent languages!
Goodness. I can't imagine reading War and Peace as a solo project. The general rule of thumb is that it takes 3-4 hours work to produce one hour of recorded audio, depending on the complexity of the voicing and the difficulty of the text you are reading. Without group readings, projects like this would never get off the ground. In my view, it is better to have a group recording with all its faults and foibles than no recording at all.
Also note that with newer versions, we try to standardize the volume levels. Older works may occasionally be recorded at low levels, and this is equally a problem for solo recordings (like Carl Manchester's otherwise superb recording of Bakunin's _God and the State_).