Already familiar with the history of WWII and the Holocaust, I was reluctant to delve into this work of historical fiction. I thought it would be depressing and not inspirational. Fortunately, I chose the book anyway because of the positive reviews. The Winds of War as well as the sequel, War and Remembrance, are two of the best books I have ever read or listened to. The book brings alive the history of WWII and examines the human condition on many different levels while being immensely entertaining. The narrator is superb!
For me it went on too long and too detailed....it was hard to grasp the story line....maybe it was me.
This book is VERY long and detailed. If you like historical fiction, then this is for you. I love history, but I want REAL history and this was just too much for me, because it was about a fictional family.
Herman Wouk is the master of WWII historical novels. He does a great job of combining history with the elements of a typical novel and the result is very satisfying. Granted, you have to set aside your critical mind a little when you look at where Pug Henry gets to go and who he gets to interact with, but as as way to carry the story both about the war and this family, it's a necessary concession and does not diminish the experience.
This book is not as powerful or as personal as "The Caine Mutiny," but given the scope is expanded exponentially (from a single destroyer in the USS Caine to the entire world war), it's still an excellent book.
Have just started the sequel, "War and Remembrance," and it simply picks up where "Winds of War" leaves off. Kevin Pariseau, who also reads "The Caine Mutiny" is well chosen for all of these books.
kevin pariseau is amazing in how he has mastered all the different accents
I love the story line.
Makes me feel like I'm there!
I'm now downloading War and Remembrence and can't wait to get in to it!
I've been devouring books on WWII - a lot of history (Shirer, Roberts), some like this one - quasi-fiction (Erik Larson). Both Wouk's book and Larson's provide perspective on why the United States took so long to enter the war, and the political & historical context for the decisions. This book is good - well-written and the narrator is outstanding. His ability to give characters different voices, to take the accents of different countries is exceptional. I know I read this good (OH SO MANY) years ago. I don't remember anything. But I will remember the audio version.
I'm a huge WWII buff, and figured I'd give this fictional account a try. I can't say that it was bad, but it really wasn't my type of story. There's a lot of twists and turns, but overall it was simply a dramatic love story set in Europe. The parts that involve a fictional Churchill & FDR were interesting, but I can't say that I was yearning to hear more as the book went on. Drama, love, betrayal, and little bit of suspense, that's what you'll get. Don't expect lots of guns and gory war literature. This book will deliver more of a wartime soap opera than actual WWII suspense. Good but not great, read at your own risk...
Absolutely. It does an excellent job of putting the events of the war into order. So it's a good documentary wrapped up in a great story.
Well, considering how well the events of the war are known I don't think I am spoiling anything if I say Pearl Harbour.
Personally I'm happy if the performer does a good enough job that I don't think about them and can concentrate on the story. This performer is more than passable.
It's far too long for a single sitting, but I couldn't wait to get back to it. I was building a fence at the time, so I was listening all day long, and didn't tire of it.
This book only covers the war until Pearl Harbour. The sequel, War and Rememberance covers the rest. This series is so good that I wish there were more. It easily makes my top five favourites, and I'm an avid reader. I have listened to more than 500 audio books and hundreds more printed and ebooks.
I've never read the print version of this book, nor had I seen the television version of it, so the story was all new to me.
I thought it was an excellent story. To me, the only character that was really developed was Pug Henry. You don't really get to know any of the other characters -- especially the women, who can seem shallow or mere caricatures. Despite this, I enjoyed the book. I found the historical aspects of the book to be very interesting, and I would think that anyone who is not interested in WWII history would not be interested in this book at all.
The performance was excellent and it was easy to listen to.