One of the tops, after >10 years of listening to audio books.
Pug Henry. Genuine character. Full of moral and emotional strength, not to mention very smart.
Too many to count. Meeting Stalin at Kremlin banquet
I am now watching the TV series, just bought War and Remembrance Audio book, just bought FDR biography. Avidly learning about WWII, all due to this book.
This is truly a great book, and a great audio book. The book itself, plot, characters, language, all ring true, while also keep you guessing. The dialogues are intelligent. The WWII strategic analysis is brilliant. The historical personalities are both amazing and down to earth at the same time. The audio reader is wonderful. It must be a hard job to read through close a 1000 pages, but the Mr. Pariseau does a great job giving each character his/her own voice. Looking forward to War and Remembrance!Winds of War and War and Remembrance will go on my recommended reading list for my children and grand children, although I am only in my 30's now.
This is one of the great epics about WWII. So masterfully does Wouk lay out the events that lead up to the Second World Ward, that you become absorbed in the history. This is a great listen with an excellent narrator.
Absolutely. It's extremely well researched and intelligent. The story is entertaining but my main takeaway is that I learned an enormous amount about the lead up to WWII.
Happily married father of 4 with 3 of the meanest Grandchildren in the US :) I am a paving Forman for a large construction company Alabama.
I usually find myself wondering from time to time when some of my books get a little strung along... It didn't happen once during the whole book... Highly recommend. One of my top 5
The story is a great historical novel. I am 73 and it gave me an understanding of WW II which I appreciate. Things like explaining "Lend Lease" which I had heard but never understood. English must be the reader's second language. When reading regular dialog he pauses between every word, absolutely excruciating. If the story had not been so good I would have never finished the book. Of the more than 200 audio books I have listened to, this is the worst reading I have encountered.
I think Henry Kissinger was right to call this book "The war itself". The way Pariseau (the narrator) plays all the different characters, including the women and as well as men in the story, is amazing. Anyone who has seen the move and/or read the book should also listen to this.
I'm just disappointed that Audible.com doesn't have the sequel to this (War and Remembrance). That's my only disappointment.
I found this to be an entertaining and informative story about the politics of WWII. The narrator did a great job except for the women's voices which seemed overly affected and artificial.
Ardent Audible listener with a long commute!
Kevin Pariseau narrating Herman Wouk is an incredible, compelling combination. This was my first experience with either, and the next two Audible books I listend to were "War and Remembrance" and "The Caine Mutiny".
"The Winds of War" carefully draws its characters from the Henry family. Victor (Pug) Henry is a naval officer married to Rhoda Henry. Their oldest son, Warren, is a Naval Academy graduate; their second child, Byron, is a college graduate deciding on what to do with life; and their youngest child is the independent Madeline.
Wouk is wonderful at drawing out his characters and weaving them into the people, places and events leading up to World War II. Many writers use stock characters who think and act in predictable ways. In historical novels, there's also an overwhelming tendency to use hindsight in how a character responds to people and places.
Wouk avoids both mistakes. The members of the Henry family react to the events in the United States in Europe as if they were there at the time they happened, and not with the benefit of knowing what was actually happening in certain places and at certain times.
Not all of the characters are likable, and I found myself loathing some characters I initially liked, or at least found inoffensive. The protagonists make mistakes, and sometimes behave badly. There were several archetypal characters introduced in "The Winds of War" that lost their banality and became real.
If you are wondering how much of the book is true, DON'T check Wikipedia - it's a real plot spoiler. The Afterward to "War and Remembrance" discusses them. I'm not giving away any of the plot of either book by saying that the actual historical figures in the book are in the locations they were at the time described in the book, and the actions they take are historically accurate.
My comments apply to The Winds of War and War and Remembrance. They are the same novel with the second spending very little time bringing the reader up to the present. I find the works a masterpiece. In the overall scope of the work, it has to approach fine literature. It definitely is one of the finest stories you will ever listen to. I had not previously read the books and bet they could be captivating but also could be daunting do to the length and the forays into the occasional history lessons. I would venture that the listener would do best listening to the epilogue at the end of War and Remembrance before starting The Winds of War. The epilogue only clarifies the factual people, locations, event and ships from the fictional. The epilogue will allow you to appreciate the effort in research necessary to achieve this wonderful book.
Winds of War is an all-time excellent book, and it isn't diminished on "tape."
Exceptional story amid exceptional history. Very accurate representation of the period and the history.
Roosevelt and Churchill..
Nope... almost 46 hours... had to take some breaks, but it was often hard to stop.
An all-time favorite, especially for the history buff.