If I didn't have Audiobooks, I would never get on a treadmill or clean my house. Also, my best weapon for fighting road rage in mad traffic.
Yes. But in all honesty, I didn't read it in print. I consider all fiction, and most non-fiction, to be better as an audiobook, especially the long ones such as this one. This book is quite meaty, and I would never have finished the print version.
Victor "Pug" Henry is a very well developed character - not flawless, but indeed noble, honorable, straightforward, honest about his disappointments and frustrations, entirely human.
FDR, so he could make sure my martini was perfect, or Byron Henry, so I could talk him into finding a better woman than Natalie Jastrow.
If you love historical novels, especially if you saw and enjoyed the miniseries with Robert Mitchum, this one is worth a listen. Hearing historical data told in the context of a story helped me to understand the events leading up to the WWII. And the Henry family is endearing, especially the patriarch, Pug Henry.
If, however, historical novels are not your thing, I doubt this version will not make you fall in love with the genre. It's good, I might even say really good, but not great.
Semi-retired labor and delivery nurse, wife, mother and grandmother of 10. Love to read for pleasure. B&B owner in the Texas Hill Country.
If it weren't for the historical parts narrated by a Nazi that contained actual facts it would've been a total loss. I did learn that of the 20 million lives lost in WWII only 300,000 were US soldiers. That surprised me. BUT I couldn't help but feel like I was listening to a 1950's movie starring Kirk Douglas. Shallow, uninteresting characters.
Very nice narration. Would like to hear him again.
Asked and answered.
The writing seemed good, and the characters were interesting, as far as I could tell. It was difficult, though, trying to recognize any of that, filtered as it was through Mr. Pariseau's unbelievably limited range of expression. Every single sentence followed the same tone pattern, kind of like listening to newscasters on BBC, but more snide. There was little, if any, differentiation between the voices of the many different characters. The reading voice quickly became incredibly distracting as I was constantly dreading yet another repeat of the same tone pattern and quality, and after a few hours of listening, I had to give it up. Maybe I'll pick up a hard copy, since the book seemed to have some promise.
Not if they are expecting writing like Ken Follett or Tom Clancy.
He seemed to drone on at times and wasn't very expressive in tone. The main character, a conservative and analytically person, was consistently read as a monotone robot.
This is a fine book but if you are interested in epics I'd say there are better ones. I had a hard time staying with it because it dragged on with little plot or character development at times.
I live on a ranch with my family and lots of animals. I love audiobooks because I can "read" while I quilt, knit, embroider, etc.
It is a richly told story with well-rounded characters.
The description of the attack on Pearl Harbor--the moment when Pug Henry flies over the harbor and sees the destruction.
I like his performance of Pug.
I would like to take Pamela Tudsbury out to dinner. She was the most level-headed of the female characters and she would have interesting stories to tell.
This is my second Wouk book and he does not disappoint. He gets you so involved in the characters that the story line really comes in second. I never thought he would be able to keep my attention for this entire book but after reading the Cain Mutiny I had to give it a chance and it was great. Highly recommend.
This is a great listen!! It helped me understand WWII so much better, but you have to be prepared to listen to War and Remembrance immediately after Winds of War. The way it's written really made this period of history come alive for me. Plus, the narrator made it come alive with his various character voices and pleasant voice. I thoroughly enjoyed these two books, even though it was a long listen!!!
I like that I can replay what I missed initially, I would never get through this book in this amount of time if it was in print as I have limited time.
The fictional family that tied it all together as a story rather than just bare facts made it alive
Pearl Harbor bombing.
No, I liked being able to do sections, re listen and continue at my pace.
Good book, good narrator, buy print version or Kindle to deal with battle scenes. I remember the TV MiniSeries and am astonished that the Director of those videos followed the book very closely (or as closely as possibly).
By all means complete the story with War and Remembrance; this review goes for it as well.
Good voice, good inflection.
Watch the TV MiniSeries (not sure another film is needed).
Finish the story with War and Remembrance. Wish this author had done a generation advance story of the boys: Warren's son, Vic, and Byron's boy, Louis. Also the children of Pug and Pamela; and Madolyn and Sym's children etc etc!