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War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

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1. Chapter 01
2. Chapter 02
3. Chapter 03
4. Chapter 04
5. Chapter 05
6. Chapter 06
7. Chapter 07
8. Chapter 08
9. Chapter 09
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22
23. Chapter 23
24. Chapter 24
25. Chapter 25
26. Chapter 26
27. Chapter 27
28. Chapter 28

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Summary

Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace chronicles the lives of five Russian aristocratic families during Napoleon's invasion of Russia. Many considered this book to be the best Russian work of literature of all time and it is massive in scale. The book is divided in four volumes and the chapters don't just contain the narrative of the plot to the novel but philosophical discussions as well. This may be intimidating to average book readers but they shouldn't be discouraged to try reading War and Peace. After all, this book was written for all and not just for intellectuals. The five wealthy families followed are the Bezukhovs, Bolkonskys, Rostovs, Kuragins and the Drubetskoys in the early 19th century especially during the time when Napoleon invaded Russia. Like with Tolstoy's other novels, it also tells about the different social problems in Russian high society like the fathering of illegitimate children of wealthy Russians, financial ruin of some families due to incompetence, their vanity despite the poverty which surrounds them and so on. The lives of the main characters from the different families are intertwined in the novel with friendships and conflicting interests. War and Peace is also a historical novel. Napoleon himself is one of its main characters and a huge part of the book was about him. It's very impressive that Tolstoy was able to depict him very accurately in this novel. Besides him, Tolstoy was also very accurate about his descriptions of the historical events during that time like the Battle of Borodino, Napoleon's invasion of Moscow and others. This book doesn't just narrate the trials, problems and conflicts between the different characters in the novel but also provides philosophical insights to historical events. It's always interesting to learn about history from another point of view not just from what was told in history books.

Reviews

Couldn’t understand the reader

Irina

- PInteresting

Very interesting book. It has a lot of plots and a lot of curious features

Chris

- Alirght

Chapter 18 sounds like shes been smoking all her life, not happy reminds me of terry

Linda Mc Gregor

- Book 10 Chap 25

Really hard to understand the reader

matthew

chapter 18 reader sounds really bad.

matthew

it was amazing loved it.

Neah

The reader in chapter 2 is accurate and audible. Lovely voice too!

I can't understand the reader

Entertaining, and honestly don't mind the differing narrators. However, I can't get past chapter 18's reader. I can appreciate her knowledge of language but it sounds like she has smoked a pack a day since she was an infant. Not pleasant...

Tim Love

- Listening

This is a fine story though the accent is hard to understand.

Carolyn

- Good listening

So far I have listened to 6 chapters with a speaker to enhance volume which makes it easier to listen and follow the story.

Alireza

I wish the readings were done by people who had good English accents. It's frustrating to listen to these strange accents.

Lindsay

I couldn't get more than a few sentences into this book as the reader's accent was very thick, unclear and a little lispy.

PerthAustralia

Disappointed. Every chapter is read by a different person. Every now and then you get a good read but most are read by readers with extremely thick accents. I tried 3 times to finish listening but eventually have given up.

Not only is the reader's German accent heavy and difficult, he also has a bit of a speech problem and is a poor reader.

This is read in a thick European accent making it difficult to listen to for the average American listener.

Shahzad Danish

This book is by no means a novel. But a fictional historical account of Russia, its people especially the aristocrats during Napoleon era.