Close your eyes while you listen.... you'll find yourself traveling back in time to Germany, Russia, Britain and the USA. No other story has made me feel so emotional for the characters.
Clavell's asian sagas, beginning with Shogun.
Great voice, makes each character come alive.
I have always had an affinity for the time period leading up to and during World War II. As a kid, I watching a lot of the old war movies with John Wayne, Audie Murphy, Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, and so on. I. like many Americans, subscribed the "Greatest Generation" theory and, to a certain extent, still do. I just hadn't ever really considered the intelligence and foresight of the prominent figures of the time. What I mean is, in a more accessible way, is that this book was, for me, like the end of the Wizard of Oz where Toto pulls back the curtain and everyone meets the real wizard.
Herman Wouk incorporates a great story of a military family into an overview of the world and the forces at play leading up to the United States entrance into the Second World War. It's not for everyone. There are long segments on military strategy, tactics, and the planning involved. Though they offer insight into the thinking behind many of the decisions that world leaders made at the time. It covers the development of western thought and deals with philosophy and politics, but it doesn't go too deep that the average listener is lost in technical or abstract terminology.
Overall, it gives and great overview of the war and fleshes out the players involved by using the main character of the book as a person that you could imagine filling the shoes of many different people in the halls of power during the time. So, if you have an interest in history, but prefer that is dramatized a little, I think you'll enjoy this book.
It's got to be Pug Henry. He is the catalyst for all the motion in the book and is changed by his experiences while still holding on to the core of his identity.
Wouk interweaves the narrative of the Henry family with a volume by a fictitious German historian to produce comprehensive historical fiction of the main events around the world that preceded the United States' entry into WW II. I am eager to listen to the next book, which is narrated by the same reader who does an excellent job conveying various characters in the book.
The book compares well to the multigenerational, historical novels about precedents of WWI by Ken Follet or the recent non-fiction In the Garden of Beasts by Eric Larson.
Tudsbury & his daughter exemplified Pariseau's talent as a reader. He was great throughout.
When Pug Henry finally gets back on a destroyer & contemplates the night at sea.
A pleasure to read, especially for those who love history but want a rest from the myriad details of non-fiction works.
I may, even though I don't usually repeat something I've read or watched.
Kevin did a fantastic job with all of the many languages and characters...no two ever sounded alike!
It made me laugh and cry. Also it taught me so much about WW II and the Holocaust that I hadn't known, while being completely entertaining.
If you are a fan of historical novels (which I am) you will love this book. The interesting characters are expertly woven into history. I did not want the story to end, and am now on War and Remembrance.
I was not thrilled with his narration of the female characters, and it took me a while to get past my annoyance with this.
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!