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War and Peace

BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
Written by: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Paterson Joseph, John Hurt, Lesley Manville and Harriet Walter are among the cast of BBC Radio 4's epic full-cast dramatisation. Adapted for radio by Timberlake Wertenbaker, Leo Tolstoy's epic story follows the fortunes of three Russian aristocratic families during the Napoleonic War. First broadcast on New Year's Day 2015, the drama also features Alun Armstrong, Natasha Little, David Calder, Phoebe Fox, Sam Reid and Joanna David. Duration: 10 hours approx.

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What the critics say

"Tolstoy's imagined world is recreated on air brilliantly by the extraordinary cast." ( The Spectator)

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  • linda
  • 2017-09-22

Engrossing

I tried to read War and Peace a few times but never stayed with it until this performance. The description of war were amazing- you really felt that you were on the battlefield.
I highly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-04-25

very enjoyable

Though War and Peace can be a daunting book, this BBC radio adaptation made it very enjoyable and the time (10 hours) passed quickly. I would definitely recommend it. Wonderful actors. Music and sound effects brought the story to life.

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  • Cynthia Frase
  • 2019-01-19

Amazing

Well preformed. I appreciate the actors clear articulation and command of the material. A joy to listen to.

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  • bJmir
  • 2018-01-30

Couldn't stop listening.

Only took two days to finish this book. Loved the story and performance. Wonderful version.

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  • Gabriel C. Fornari
  • 2020-05-20

Know your characters

Hearing a dramatization of this magnificent novel that I had read years ago brought the story to life. However, I had to get a list of the characters to refresh my memory when I started listening. One of the actors had an accent that sounded strongly Irish or Scottish. I found it ill-placed in this narrative and at times very distracting. He portrayed a minor character yet one who appeared enough through the story to cause me to give 4 stars instead of 5.

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  • Phil
  • 2020-04-14

Wow!

I loved it! I tried reading the book, but got lost in the characters. This was magnificent in telling the story and bring you in with great sound effects.

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  • Blue Swallow
  • 2020-04-11

Best of the best

This epic novel brilliantly performed. Very touching and I was moved to tears many times.

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  • night owl
  • 2018-09-16

Just didn't like this format

Never found a dramatization on audible. I finnished

I really Liked Murder On the Orient Express so I thought I'd give the wonderful War And Peace a go Big disappointment O found the background noise very distracting. Also didn't know .who was.talking a lot of the time
















Liked Murder On The Orient Express, I thought I'd give this great story a go. Very disappointed. I found the background noise distracting. I couldn't tell who was tal