War and Peace, Book 17: Second Epilogue

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(4.4 stars; 107 reviews)

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 up in 15 books and two epilogues. This is the recording of the second epilogue, which is the last volume of the novel. The recording of the first epilogue can be found here. (1 hr 53 min)


Chapter 01 10:58 Read by Lucy Perry
Chapter 02 10:02 Read by nathank
Chapter 03 5:17 Read by Cate Mackenzie
Chapter 04 18:14 Read by Ernst Pattynama
Chapter 05 7:04 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
Chapter 06 8:39 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
Chapter 07 7:50 Read by Cate Mackenzie
Chapter 08 10:36 Read by Jeannie
Chapter 09 12:43 Read by Cate Mackenzie
Chapter 10 12:15 Read by Jeannie
Chapter 11 3:56 Read by Cate Mackenzie
Chapter 12 6:22 Read by Rainer


A Dependance of Which They Are Not Conscious

(5 stars)

First, thank you to all the readers. This book clearly points to mankind's dependance on not only natural laws but also on the Giver of those laws, while balancing each person's individual responsibility for his choices. At the end of this book, the reader is left to ponder the question of who he or she will live to please. One choice will keep the soul in warfare, the other will bring an ultimate peace.

A great book but a dull epilogue

(5 stars)

I truly enjoyed this book in LibriVox but the philosophy of history that is all of the second epilogue is not for reading aloud. Until then the doses are small and go down okay. The narrative is enthralling.

Thanks to all who read this book.

(5 stars)

GeorgieGirl 59

(5 stars)

Excellent readers. Outstanding book. I highly recommend this book to all.