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.
Winds of War is part one, followed by War and Remembrance, of the story of the Henry family in the period leading up to Pearl Harbor. Herman Wouk has distilled much of the history of World War II in these two volumes, seen primarily from the point of view of an American Navy family. It covers a lot of territory -- not just the United States mainland, Hawaii (not yet a state in the union), prewar Germany, Russia, and Italy, among other places. Wouk clearly draws on his experiences in the U.S. Navy in World War II, which gives great authenticity to the story, His solid background research makes this a good overview of the developing war and its complications make this suitable for anyone who might read a sweeping novel, but be reluctant to read a non-fiction account, no matter how well-written (and there are great historian writers out there whose work is quite accessible to armchair historians). One intriguing feature of the story is the inclusion of the overview of the war from the German point of view, as written by the character of Armin von Roon, a German submariner during his postwar imprisonment.
The story is in the family saga genre, which I usually don't care for. but the characters are plausible, and their dilemmas and adventures kept my attention throughout. I did find it rather strange that Bryan Henry, the wayward son who went to Italy to study art, ends up marrying a Jewish woman, but this served to open the narrative to bring in more of the European aspects of the war, and begin to address the dire consequences for the Jews of Europe. The situation in which Natalie Henry (nee Jastrow) finds herself, trapped in fascist Italy as the war in Europe progresses, seemed at first far-fetched, but in fact, many real Jews found themselves in equally strange circumstances with bizarre escapes as well as tragic ends. Having worked with some of the major Holocaust historians, I know that many events were in some cases stranger than fiction and well-documented.
The narrator is quite good, which adds immensely to the enjoyment of this long, long novel. I have only some slight quibbles about his attempts at pronouncing the few Hebrew words, and the German and Italian and Russian accented-English of the characters.
My only complaint: it was hard to make myself turn off the recording and get on with my work or go to sleep. Like any great novel, hard to put down.
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I really love the mix of story telling and facts that makes this work come alive I can not wait for Audible to get their act together and fix the error in Volume 2
Clear strong voice