I listened to this very long book whilst making a quilt. I was half living in WW2 all this time. The atmosphere and informative nature of the book kept me involved. I learned heaps about events and the issues America faced regarding getting into the war. I also liked the military accounts cleverly written by a war criminal whilst serving his sentence after Nurenburg with translators comments attached.
I did not however care for most of the characters. There is a definite mysogynistic quality in the portrayal of the women whilst the men are (almost) all brave and resourceful. The book was written in the seventies which perhaps accounts for the use of terms like "yellow race" etc. as well as a distinctly moralistic attitude to sex.
For all that though I learned a lot from the book and got a lot of quilting done!
Good way to learn details of the 2nd world war but I found it a bit dry and ponderous. I prefer Ken Follet's account, which gripped me fully from start to finish.
I read this book and its sequel many years ago, and was so impressed then. It should be a classic. But the narration by Kevin Pariseau is stunning. He does various foreign accents: English, German, Italian, Russian, Polish, even different American accents. He even sings when the story quotes songs. His doesn't narrate this story, he PERFORMS the story. It truly comes alive.
Well written & narrated. I have learned more about what led up to our involvement in WWII even after reading The Rise & Fall of theThird Reich!
Pug Henry. Because of his cool observation & assesment of people & events.
By far, this was my favorite listen on Audible. Such a great story that I couldn't wait to listen to more.
Pillars of the Earth- both give a great story about fascinating times and processes. You fall in love with the characters.
My favorite character was Victor Henry- he was a somewhat ordinary man living in extraordinary times. His sense of loyalty and love of his country and family made me just want to hear more about him.
It took me almost two weeks to get through the book and that is listening for 3 hours a day. You definitely don't want to put this title down but it does take a little bit of patience to get through.
I love historical fiction when its done well. Done well to me means the social and political period is layed out and experienced through the life stories of actual people. There are several points of view in this third person narration and their stories are engaging and thoughtful.
The performance is one of the best I have heard yet. This art of performing books is a fine and subtle one. Too much and the story is cartoonish and painful, not enough and its a droning bore. This one is perfect.
It ranks at the top. The book flowed evenly from one story line to another. I have read the book and even seen some of the mini series. It was interesting to anticipate the next situation.
Pug Henry. He wss the central character and everyone and everything revolved around hisactions and personality.
Living with war
I have always had an interest in events surrounding world war two. Adding the fictional aspect gave you a feel for what life was like during that period of American history.
This, plus the sequel, are the best audio books I've listened to. Unforgettable characters and story, a narrator that could not be improved in any way. Absolutely addicting. I can't believe how many hours it took me to get through both books, and such happy hours, too. I've just finished both and though I regret completing them, I really HAVE to get some work, etc. done....
This book had been on my to-do list for years and I'm glad to have finally finished it. It's not the greatest or most thrilling WW2 tale I've ever experienced but I did like it. "Once An Eagle", a similar epic written around the same time, had far more depth. The narrator could not have done a better job.