War and peace
Лев Николаевич Толстой
Alexander Scourby
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Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable. Out of this complex narrative emerges a profound examination of the individual's place in the historical process, one that makes it clear why Thomas Mann praised Tolstoy for his Homeric powers and placed War and Peace in the same category as The Iliad.

The precise, mellifluous voice of Alexander Scourby, trained in Shakespearean roles in the 1930's and perfected in radio dramatic parts in the 1940's, became a well-known sound on Broadway, in motion pictures, and on television, where as Harriet Van Horne has observed, he is "the most sensitive and knowing narrator in the business." His most appreciative audience, however, is found among the nearly 80,000 borrowers of Talking Books, the recordings of literature produced under the supervision of the Division for the Blind of the Library of Congress for the use of the legally blind. Scourby, during his lifetime recorded over 500 books for the blind and has described his recording of Audio books as, "the one work that really means something to me."
He is particularly well-remembered in the English-speaking world for his landmark recordings of the entire King James Version of the Bible.

Великий роман-эпопея Льва Толстого чудесным образом, как огромная мозаика, сложен из тысяч картин - батальных, бальных, любовных, бытовых, политических, философских, портретных, пейзажных, психологических... Все он неслучайны, уместны, своевременны: за сюжетными ответвлениями, ходами, пересечениями стоят предопределение и авторская воля. Ритм романа, увлекающий читателя, сверен с пульсом живой истории: он то заторможен, как реформаторская деятельность Сперанского; то стремителен, как комета 1812 года; то спокоен, как Кутузов в Филях; то методичен, как народная дубина; то необратим, как бегство французов по Смоленской дороге...

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