War and Peace

  • by Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by Paterson Joseph, Stephen Campbell Moore, John Hurt, Simon Russell Beale, Roger Allam, Lesley Manville, Alun Armstrong
  • 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

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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Brilliant adaptation of very great novel

A superb adaptation, gripping and moving in equal measure. Fine performances from the whole cast, which includes some of the greatest actors around.
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- A D SHIMMIN

I did enjoy War and Peace, though I didn’t love it

The full 10 hours was originally broadcast on New Year’s Day, 2015, by BBC Radio 4.

The story follows the fortunes of three Russian aristocratic families during the Napoleonic wars - though told with British noble accents. During family gatherings they reminisce and tell each other stories, some of war and some of peace.

A superb list of actors: Alun Armstrong, Sam Reid, John Hurt, Roger Allam, Tom Goodman-Hill……… the list is huge, and whilst this could be a positive I did find the enormous number of characters a little confusing - who was related to who, etc. Maybe a second listen would help make this clearer, or if you have already read the book you should be fine.

I did enjoy War and Peace, though I didn’t love it as much as either the Forsyte saga/ Cazalets dramatisations I’ve recently listed too. This is probably due to not really connecting with a character/s, there are just too many of them.
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- Nigel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2017
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd.