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!
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.