War and Peace Vol. 1 (Dole Translation)


Read by MaryAnn

(4.7 stars; 146 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

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(5 stars)

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


(5 stars)

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

great reader


(5 stars)

The reader does a marvelous job. A joy to listen to


(5 stars)

Thank you for your time and talent MaryAnn.

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.


(3.5 stars)

Mary Ann's narration was quite good generally. However she, in a rather dyslexic manner, mispronounces a few words repeatedly. For example - each time the word 'cavalry' appears in the text, she invariably says "Calvary"!! There are some more words which she mispronounces always in this volume. That aside, a nice listen altogether. Thanks.

Slightly soporiphic and horrible french


(3 stars)

I tend to forget her reading because of the monotony and was very frustrated every time the characters were talking French, because as a mother tongue I couldn't get Any word of it... At least an effort to pronounce it right would have been good...

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.