I have enjoyed the story so much: Wouk combined interesting, engaging characters with fantastically well-researched historical information, described in an approachable way. The narration takes this production to the next level, though; Kevin Pariseau gets the accents, personalities, and even the songs down pat. Wonderful. I went through the first 24 hours of the book in no time, shocking myself every time I reached the end of an 8-hr section and had to download the next!
I read this book when it first came out over 30 years ago and I enjoyed listening to these 45 hours just as much as I enjoyed reading it back then. A delightful family saga with the added bonus of making you feel like you were right there during all the events leading up to World War II. Hopefully Audible will follow quickly with the sequel...........War and Remembrance.
A very good audio book. Having read the book, in print, and seen the movie, I was able to concentrate a little more on the major historical events--apart from the story line. Interesting conflicts in viewpoints by the German General in his historical perspectives from that of an American Naval Officer, Victor Henry. Thoroughly enjoyed the book and wish that Audiobooks would also do War and Remembrance--which covers the rest of WWII. I believe "Winds of War" would be a great book to put on the reading liist of today's high school students for a more personal view of events, attitudes and personalities, and how the world political situation prior to, and at the beginning of WWII has shaped todays world.
I read this when it came out. For years, I gave this book with War and Remembrance as gifts and never came across anyone who didn't share my love of this story.
The history is fascinating, though it definitely has a point of view and you may disagree with some interpretation of events.
The narrator does a great job. When I first started, I felt he didn't get Pug right, but as I went along, I warmed to his interpretation.
I can't recommend this enough, it is worthy of six stars in every category.
I love epic histories that follow families over a period of time, and this one was exceptionable.
Definitely Victor Henry. But the narrator did an excellent job with all the characters, especially since there were so many different accents involved.
I was on pins and needles to see who would make it through Pearl Harbor.
This book covers the events leading up to the United States involvement in WWII. It is not dry history. Although some historical narrative is necessary to provide the backdrop to what the characters are going through, the author handles it with a unique method that makes it much more interesting.
I read so I can write
It surprises me how much I enjoy Mr. Wouk's book every time I read it, and now I have enjoyed the pleasure of listening to it.
Mr. Pariseau is the perfect narrator for this master work, bring every character to life with great talent.
I plan to enjoy this again in the future.
I put off listening to it WoW due to the sheer length of the book. It intimidated me and I wondered how I could listen to one book for so long. However, I am on a quest to know all I can about this second World War and how it came about. I began the book thinking that I would eventually finish it and reward myself with a book of pure fluff, thereafter.
I was blown away by the story, the character development, the variety of characters, and the real feel to the story. It is so much more than just historical fiction. I felt like the characters became family members or old friends, and I really cared about what happened to them. Herman Wouk is a great novelist.
And, I must add, the narrator, Kevin Pariseau, is spectacular. He deserves 10 stars! I am so glad he was chosen to narrate this book, as he does a masterful job of capturing the characters, their accents, and the women's voices. He is truly a master of narration.
As I progressed through the book, I started imagining which "fun" book I would choose next. As I got closer and closer to the end, I began to think that maybe I should just go on to War and Remembrance, as I did not want to leave the story and characters. I really want to know how they fare as the war rolls on. This is good stuff. This is a wonderful way to learn about our last world war, and we owe it to ourselves to know what actually happened. Only if people know what really happened can they avoid repeating history. At least, that is what I believe.
Daily Dog Walker and LONG Silicon Valley commutes, so I gulp through and love lotsa books, especially literary fiction and Mystery.
Probably not! But that's not a slam, it's a saga, but not...an Epic
Excellent command of multiple characters/intonations - superb actor
Wouldn't. It's a good name.
Brought pre-World War II and beginning of World War II to life through eyes and hearts of one family, making what seems already ancient and long ago deeply personal. An excellent introduction to the era from a very American family/set of eyes.
I seem to fit in the same demographic as many other reviewers of this book. I first read it about 40 years ago when it was released and then saw the made-for-TV movie. In the intervening years I had forgotten how well Herman Wouk wrote (as of today he is still alive but no longer writing) and how well drawn and compelling the main characters of the book are.
The story, of course, is that of a naval family drawn into the start of World War II up to the point of America's entry into the war. As a vehicle for telling the story of the period up to the Pearl Harbor attack the main character, "Pug" Henry, ends up being assigned to posts that have him, or members of his family, at important places during important times. Thus we get to see vignettes of Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Joesph Stalin and Adolph Hitler as well as those around all of them.
The characters are compelling, the events were real, the story well-drawn and important and the family large enough to have members scattered around the globe and seeing events from many different perspectives. This is a first class book, extremely well read and highly recommended.