War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky

War and Peace

By Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky

  • Release Date: 2007-10-16
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 98 Ratings


Introduction by A. N. Wilson • Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

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 seen clearly 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: “To read him . . . is to find one’ s way home . . . to everything within us that is fundamental and sane.”


  • A new translation

    By rcniman
    Ignore the other reviews complaining this is a money grab. You are free to get a public domain translation. But this is a different, much newer translation. Translators are allowed to make money too. I have this version in hardcover and love it. So, it is up to you whether it is worth paying for a translation (the same argument can be made for Les Miserables and many other works in translation), but no one is cheating anyone here.
  • Why bother?

    By LeBleuet55
    This is a very nice translation, done very beautifully, but there are free versions in the iTunes Store that are just as good. Unless you want to read along to a specific audiobook, take one of the free versions and run.
  • top 10 works of all time

    after taking a month to read this book i understand why people say this is one of the best works ever written. Count Lev spent 5 years writing this masterpiece expressing what he was going through and invited the world to come and enjoy. the writing in this goes from drama, romance, violence, philosophy, religion, and pretty much every topic you can imagine without going off track on what’s happening in the setting. that right there is why i love this book and will make it a must read on my list.
  • Despicable Greed....

    By rah711
    As another has stated this is a blatant attempt to rip off customers. This is a public domain book and Apple should be ashamed, but given their prices of $1,000 phones it’s not at all surprising. Just how much money is enough? Greed at it’s worst. Look elsewhere and find it free of charge
  • War And Peace

    By JRF 617
    The most insightful book I have ever read second only to Anna Karenia, A truly brilliant translation
  • Expensive

    By Brandon C Thompson
    Get the free (public domain) copy. Donate the 15 bucks.
  • $15 for a public domain book?

    By "Apps"DestroySouls
    This is basically an attempt to rip off Apple customers who don’t notice the free downloads of the same book. This book has been in public domain for decades, so someone is deliberating adding this title to see how many people they can sucker into paying for it. Sure, maybe it’s a fabulous new translation, maybe there’s a new intro, but Apple needs to do a better job. My kid (who is 12) paid $15 for a download of Romeo & Juliet, when there were numerous free and 99 cent versions available, but Apple didn’t send a notification saying, “are you sure you want to spend your precious dollars on a free book?” GREEDY GREEDY GREEDY.

    By Prophet Amos
    Probably the greatest novel of all time. Must be read by all true Historians.