still tilting at windmills, after all of these years.
I've hesitated to write about this since this book is so large in scope i wondered if anyone could possibly pull it off.
Firstly, Kevin Pariseau's narration is absolutely excellent. His characterizations are subtle and consistent.
The story is engaging, even gripping at times ... also disturbing at times. There are moments, in "war and remembrance" in particular, where, if it were a picture, you would turn your head away.
There is an underlying improbability as the main character(s) rub elbows with so many historical figures. If you can suspend your disbelief on that score, so much the better.
It is helpful to be somewhat familiar with the history of wwii just as, i imagine, a familiarity with the 1812 French invasion of Russia by Napoleon helps the reader along with "War and Peace." Yes, Wouk is being THAT ambitious.
All in all, it's worth the investment of time, and worth some side excursions to research the author, the events, the historical figures, and the tragedy that is war.
I read this book about 30 years ago and loved it. I listened to it this time and loved it again. It really captures the feel and immensity of WWII as well as keeping the listener involved with the fictional characters' lives and loves. Highly recommend.
I loved The Winds of War when I read it 15 years ago. Listening to it has been an even better experience. Kevin Pariseau does a fantastic job of capturing the myriad of characters and all of their different accents.
What took me so long? When I wasn't listening to this, I was thinking or talking about it. Don't miss this great family wartime saga!
This was one of the best reading performances yet to date. Also, the story was so well written, and researched. Even though the story was a bit dated, the struggles were human and real. I loved this story and would probably re-listen to it given the chance.
Historical fiction thriller
Byron Henry. He is a chivalrous and debonair young gun, not the golden boy like Warren. He's witty but sometimes lazy. However, when he sets his mind to something he does it!
Yes, I have listened to the sequel to this book and Pariseau continues to excel at accents and distinguished characters.
The overall story is excellent and takes an exciting light to the second World War and the events leading up to it. If you want to enhance your knowlege about this time period without even realizing it...this is an excellent choice! My one qualm with the novel is that in the excerpts from Gen. Armin Von Roon can get a little chunky and repetitive at times. I understand that's supposed to be the nature of Von Roon, but sometimes they appear in the middle of exciting events and it gets tiresome to trudge through 30 minutes of Von Roon repeating himself and covering events with occasional extreme bias. All in all though it's an excellent pick!
Should be mandatory read/listen for all young and old – this should NEVER happen again! Painfully great!
Mixing documentary and fiction in a great way.
The horrific reality of the war.
Sad and worried most of the time. Human nature tend to repeat this terrible behaviour and all present wars prove it, unfortunately.
Great listen!! Go for it! It's wonderful, sweet, sad and terrific.
The historical details
The narrator's different voices for the different characters.
His different voices for the different characters.
One family's endurance through all the trials of war.
Great author. Read anything you can find by Herman Wouk.
you won't be disapointed with the story or reader...So much work went into this and because if it, you get this amazing story...
Yes, but I would wait a long time. It was like living and being a part of those times.
One very exciting part was the flying over Berlin dropping bombs in an RAF bomber.
As good as it gets. The very best.
The book is very long (thank goodness) and very hard to put down.
The story continues in War and Rememberance. 5 Stars. These two books or one book in two parts were one of the best reads (listens) I have ever had. One of those books that you are sorry when it ends. So well written, very educational and like being there as the events happened. The performance made it even more realistic. I really want another book as good as this. I am afreid I will be disappointed in future reads.