Audible asked me — and a few authors you may have heard of — to name the book that best prepared me for the read world. What else could I choose but the greatest novel of all time?
"As a novelist, I believe in the power of fiction to transform the way we look at ourselves in relation to the world. Probably no book had a more profound impact on my understanding of how insignificant the ego is than Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, which portrays even Napoleon Bonaparte as helpless before forces he doesn’t understand. Each of us is less important than we would like to believe, but that doesn’t mean our lives are meaningless. Nor does it absolve us of the responsibility to choose love over hate, peace over war. In college I would hear people say, "It’s not always about you." Tolstoy’s point is that it almost never is. In fact, humility can be a great gift. "
If you have never read War and Peace before, or if you haven't read it in a while, you owe it to yourself to take the plunge. And an audiobook is a lot less intimidating than 1,000 pages.