War and Peace (Dramatised)

  • by Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by full cast
  • 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation features a star cast including Leo McKern, Simon Russell Beale, Emily Mortimer, and Nicola Pagett, and over two hours of specially composed music. Tolstoy's epic War and Peace chronicles one of the most turbulent eras in Russian history, encompassing the drama and intensity of life during and after the Napoleonic Wars.This unique, full-cast dramatisation contains over two hours of specially composed music and captures the full atmosphere of Tolstoy's masterpiece.A star cast of thirty-five includes Leo McKern as General Kutuzov, Emily Mortimer as Natasha Rostov, Simon Russell Beale as Pierre Bezuhov, Jonathan Firth as Nikolai Rostov, Nicola Pagett as Nathalie Rostov, and Amanda Redman as Helene Kuragin. This recording also features extra behind-the-scenes material: episode synopses, character listings, The Making of War and Peace and War and Peace Today by former BBC Moscow Correspondent Angus Roxburgh. Tolstoy's insights into human nature and reflections on the concepts of history and war give the novel a breadth and scope that are brought vividly to life in this major Radio 4 Classic Serial which was recorded on location.

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Absolutely wonderful!

This is a wonderful dramatization of a beautiful story. If, like me, you have tried to read 'War & Peace' many times but could not face the long chapters describing the battle scenes, this version is for you.
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- Parissa

A Wonderful Listen

I have tried to read this and gave up, so I thought I'd try and listen instead. It's an amazing production, the cast is fantastic as is the incidental music. During the main battle scene and towards the end- I won't give anything away- I had tears in my eyes.This is a must for your library.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-05-2006
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited