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This Penguin Classic is performed by Chloe Pirrie, Sam Woolf, Michael Fox, Olivia Darnley and Terence Wilton.

At a glittering society party in St Petersburg in 1805, conversations are dominated by the prospect of war. Terror swiftly engulfs the country as Napoleon's army marches on Russia and the lives of three young people are changed forever. The stories of quixotic Pierre, cynical Andrey and impetuous Natasha interweave with a huge cast, from aristocrats and peasants, to soldiers and Napoleon himself.

In War and Peace (1868-69), Tolstoy entwines grand themes - conflict and love, birth and death, free will and fate - with unforgettable scenes of 19th-century Russia, to create a magnificent epic of human life in all its imperfection and grandeur.

©2005 Anthony Briggs (translation) (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Great! but the editing...

In volume 3, the editing is very bad. the actor repeats lines many times, in different places. Despite this, the story is amazing!

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great story, uneven performance

Different narrators somewhat ruin the experience, but most of them are good. In one part the editing is patchy and the narrator repeats the same sentences several times. Great story though <3

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Long, but great

It's a soap opera really, a very good one. So many different stories aside from the main narrative. found the war bits sometimes a bit too much for my interest in military history, but happy to listen and pick up some insight along the way. Great philosophical ideas all through the book. Different narrators throughout made it sometimes tricky to get into again. One was not edited completely as lines were repeated when he felt it was wrong, but no one had edited out the first try. The last narrator, the epilogue was rather shouty, heart my ears, made the writting rather preachy and arrogant, maybe it was anyway, but the reader made it unlistenable.

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epic and unexpected

loved it. a glorious mix of genres; novel, history and philosophical treatise. must have been huge influence on Marx and Engles

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Lost without it!

This book is so full and so long that I actually missed it like crazy when it ended. I just thought it was wonderful, loved the personalities throughout, the interplay between them, the reflection upon them, every single piece. It did make me chuckle how several pieces were repeated, though not a surprise with it being so long. It’s more like a box set than a book, it’s bloody brilliant. I already know I’ll be listening again.

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I was enjoying it

As the title says, great until the narrator changed, not sure why anyone would think that was a good idea.