Yes, it's worth listening to multiple times to make sure the history sinks in
Blending history with a story
Victor is the most important character, but FDR's voice was the most fun
Definitely holds your interest
At points this book was very interesting, and kept me wanting to finish to see how it ended. However, I didn't appreciate the vulgarity and using the Lord's name in vain through out the book. I also didn't appreciate the fact that the author made about every main character live an immoral lifestyle.
Absolutely! The characters are great. You feel as you know them. I enjoyed the factual history woven into the story describing the everyday person's life in the US building up to WWII. It is written as if in the moment not with hindsight.
Victor "Pug" Henry. He was a man of his time. He had principles, and wanted to get the job done well, whatever it was.
When the Henry's were in Berlin.
US pre WWII
Follow-up with War and Remembrance - you won't regret it!
I was not a fan of historical novels, until this. But now I can't find another historical novel that is as good.
All were realistic and believalbe.
Probably in a couple of years -
Hard to pick just on moment
Like I said overall a good story – well narrated. The only thing I could have done without is the insertion of the “World Empire Lost” While the historical commentary was ok to me this was a distraction from the characters and the story.
This was a great story for me. I've always wondered about the U.S. actions after Germany invaded Poland, but before Normandy. This book does a wonderful job of using historical fiction to explain our involvement and the progression of our actions to full war.
Pug's first hand dealings with FDR. Wouk goes far to try and represent Roosevelt as a full person, not just a Presidential figure.
Yes - Pariseau is a real pro and does an INCREDIBLE job here. He has to represent a father and two sons of the Henry family, such that each has a distinct personality, but have family traits. Pariseau also portrays Hitler, FDR, Churchill, etc., all with real personalization.
A very long but enjoyable book.
The story, learning details about WWII and all the players that wasn't taught in school. Interesting characters that get you hooked. I immediately bought the sequel, War and Remembrance.
The way historical figures are brought to life eg: Meeting Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt, etc.
His diction was precise and easy to understand. However, I didn't find him riveting as I did other narrators (Eduardo Ballerini, Michael Beck, Davina Porter). He was better than adequate but his mispronunciation of some naval words bugged me - "forecastle" instead of the widely used "foke'sol". Overall, I'd recommend him but he wasn't the best at clearly delineating the characters so you'd know immediately who was speaking.
Despite the small drawback of Kevin Pariseau's slightly lackluster narration, I really enjoyed the book and look forward to War and Remembrance.
This is the first book I have finished that was over 40 hours in length.
I feel like I deserve a medal.
I didn't particularly enjoy it. I wouldn't read it again. And, I would only recommend it with a few cautions.
As a "history" of events leading up World War II, and the main players involved, it was admirable; About as entertaining as you can expect from an historical fiction.
That said, I didn't like any of the characters. For a forty-five hour book, I felt that they were shallow caricatures only serving to move the narrative. The dialogue was realistic and kept the story together, but the people were flat. A moment (any moment) of humor would have been like a ray of sunshine in an otherwise drab world!
The thing that really put me over the edge however, was the "cliff-hanger" ending (if you can call it that) leaving the reader only half way through the story. Imagine my surprise to find that another 45 hour book is needed to explain the rest of this story.
No, I am not going to read the next book because I don't care what happens to any of the characters involved.
This is a very long story that follows the fortunes of a family caught up in the tumult of the Second World War. Through the character of Captain Victor Henry (United States Navy) the reader is introduced to the likes of Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin. The story offers some unique and fascinating insights into the strategic perspectives of the Second World War and indicates how close Hitler came to achieving his vision of a german european empire. At times the story moves at glacial pace and I feel spends far too much time on the small details. It could be half as long and still achieve its aim. You must be prepared to spend a lot of time listening. The narration is excellent. The scene of the SS officer trying to weed out the american jews is like a scene from the movie 'inglorious bastards", full of suspense and rivetting.
My only problem is with the American women. Why are they made out to be so shallow? I seem to find that in a lot of books ( Vince Flynn for e.g.) extremely annoying. It makes me wonder why the strong men have these women in tow. Is it to make them look good? Do they really need this?
Apart from that the book was excellent.