I'd read the book and seen the movie. The audio book was better than both. Fantastic reader makes the characters come alive. Also does well on the prose about history.
I actually do consider the audio version to be better. The narrator did a wonderful job with the voices. I read this book twice as I loved it so much, but listening brought it to life in a different way.
The history woven through the fabric of the characters lives.
I can't say, as there are too many to chose from.
An epic family drama and romance set in the years leading to the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor.
One of my favorite books of all time!
I'd consider one from Wouk, but it's hard to get into the story and decide whether or not it is actually good with the way it's narrated.
I'm only part way through the story, and it is interesting, but it's hard not to be put off by the way it's narrated.
It sounded like he was out of breath or nervous and not fluent with reading aloud at all. I have found it very frustrating to listen to, all the more because it's such a long story. It's very laboured, although has some good moments, but they are short.
I wouldn't actually recommend getting this.
There is no true villian, except naturally Hitler.
The second meeting with Hitler about US involvement.
The book is very long but the narrator succeeded in keeping my interest for 45hours. Quite a feat considering I dislike war stories.
I have seen The Winds Of War as a movie several times and found that there was much more detail in the book. I have listened to other books after I viewed the movie and found that a lot of the story isn't covered and the book can be a richer experience.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in war stories because it is based somewhat on the true history of World War 2, once I started this book I couldn't put it down.
I have recommended it, but most think it is too long, and would be too slow.
Escaping from Warsaw after the German invasion.
I love long books especially historical fiction so I couldn't wait to start this book. After the first 30 minutes, I had to switch it off. Please believe me, this is not something I do easily as I hate to waste money. However it was so utterly boring and difficult to follow that I just could not continue! I had trouble following the storyline and connecting with the characters. Had I known, I would not have wasted my credit. Who knows - I may go back to this one again and give it another try - it's unlikely though.
Through the eyes of a naval family we are taken to Berlin, London, the Kremlin and the White House where we get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes in world dramas. One family member marries a Jew hence we also get a thorough look at the attempted genocide of the Jewish citizens who come under the sway of the Nazis. The author also attempts to show us a history of World War II from the point of view of a German historian.
The Narrator's stulted rendition takes a bit of getting used to but the story is so riveting this can be forgiven.
A great story and a wonderful way to absorb history! I didn't want the book to end.
Where does it rank? It's high on the list.
It's a meaty book...lots and lots of information to assimilate...Herman Wouk brought the years before the great war to life by weaving a fictional family's story through historical fact. There were so many good parts...the romance between Natalie and Byron, Pug and Pamela...thrilling parts like the invasion of Poland, the Blitz, behind the lines on the Western Front. Interesting and sometimes shocking facts about the world leaders at the time. It's a great listen. Long and juicy!
I thought Kevin was excellent! He has quite the talent for voices and accents. He made it that much more enjoyable. Will be looking for more of his work.
Yes...the atrocities committed during that time is extremely upsetting. How a lunatic could weild such power is beyond comprehension...but it did happen.
On to War and Rememberance....
This sprawling epic follows a group of fictional characters - a family - through a painstakingly researched recreation of the events leading up to the Second World War, in Winds of War, the first volume, and up through the end of the war in the second volume, War and Remembrance. The historical sequence, the actions of world leaders, and the events of the war are detailed and factual, but the main characters and their places in those events are fictional. It's a brilliant device to bring the history we think we know to life, and grounds momentous events in the humanity of individuals trying to cope with the total upheaval of a worldwide conflict and the unimaginable horror of events like the rise of Hitler, the Pearl Harbor attack, the Atomic Bomb, and the Holocaust.
The Audible production is truly a masterful interpretation of a masterwork, primarily due to the monumental work of Kevin Pariseau. He handles a huge cast of characters, with a m??lange of accents - Russian, British, German, Yiddish, Italian, French, several American dialects, and more - with convincing ease, but it was the singing as multiple characters that put the icing on it for me. When Udom sang to the crowd at Theresienstadt before being sent off on the train to Auschwitz, it tore my heart out.
I read these books to gain a deeper grasp of my father's generation, of the sacrifices they made, and of the events that shaped their world view. I came away with so much more than that. My faith in humanity was restored.