In the past month, I have waded through both Winds of War and War and Remembrance. I suppose preferences for narrators are highly personal, but I cannot understand any of the objections to Kevin Pariseau. I found his work delightful, with particular regard for the voice he assigns Pug Henry. With dozens of voices in an epic of this magnitude, Pariseau makes each character recognizably new.
The quality of Wouk's fiction is unimpeachable. Within the genre of historical fiction, this work commands both respect and engagement of the reader. Naturally, having one character appear in so many different parts of the world in such formative events politically and militarily stretches the imagination a bit, but this is the nature of fiction. Wouk makes this nearly credible while drawing in the dominant historical figures of the era.
I have a DLitt and Phil Degree which must imply a level of discernment? I just clocked over at 60. The significance is that I have read a whole lot of books. I'm now revisiting some of my all time favourites - and enjoying some first time round books. Books are my friends. Audible is JUST AMAZING - takes me back to pre -TV days, with my ear pressed to a crackly transistor radio - but now SO MUCH better and more 'classy' from a Kindle!
For me - I loved the characterisation - the Henry family and the impact of events on them and their lives. Pity about the war. I found the war parts - especially when chapters seemed to be devoted exclusively to strategy and war plans rather text booky and tedious. 45 hours of listening.....still don't know how I got through it all....Must say that my attention wavered in the war war....
No, the narrator makes it impossible to enjoy the story. He totally lacks a proper sense of
Same as before.
Lou Diamond Philips was great (my first audiobook) as well as Sean Pratt. I could almost say anyone but Pariseau, he is that bad.
I enjoyed listening to this book - both the story and the narrator are great! The story takes you through WWII events in a personal way and it was interesting to see how people in different parts of the world experienced the war and how their attitudes toward Hitler and the war evolved based on their involvement or lack thereof in the war. I thought that including sections from "World Empire Lost" was great -- it was quite interesting to see how a German military officer viewed Hitler, the war and the actions of other involved nations. This book also gives you a sense of the difficulty that military families face from separation from loved ones and uncertainty.
Both books in this series had me not wanting to stop listening... I drive for 13 odd hours at a time in WA in what we call a roadtrain, and even after 13 hours I was wanting to keep on listening... need i say more... Herman Wouk grabs the history of the time and wraps it up in a gripping character study of different people both historically famous and fictional..
One of the best books and well worth the investment of time! The reader was very talented!
I really enjoyed this listen - great performance by the narrator and a great yarn. It travels all across the globe, is filled with characters I cared about and told a story I became wrapped up in. One warning - you have to adapt yourself to the mind frame of 1939-1941, especially where women are concerned. Particularly hard to swallow is Rhoda, the main character's wife and mother of the other main characters. She is shallow, vain and does nothing but complain about how bored she is. It is the men who have all the fun here, and the women who wait in the wings for them. One other piece of advice - if you are familiar with the major players and acts of WWII, you can skip the "book within the book" chapters called "World Empire Lost." I just got vaguely annoyed with them because I was always anxious to get back to the story of the characters.
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.