This book was stunning. It follows a family through the confusing start of war and takes the reader to many areas of the globe. The story line was intriguing and the characters engaging. As soon as I finished it, I started War and Remembrance. Kevin Pariseau does a superbe job of narration. He crafts the vocals for each character so well that the listener knows exactly which characters are speaking. Through the story and the vocal treatment, the story really comes to life!
Telecommuter living outside of San Francisco, CA. I listen to books while walking my dog, quilting, and doing chores around the house.
I love historical fiction and this if one of the best ever written. Great story and narration! I read Winds of War and War and Rememberance back to back. Wish there was a part 3! Enjoyed ever minute of both books.
i love reading historical novels, and family sagas. I'm a nurse manager, and a marriage celebrant and adore my family!!!
I loved this book and the following book War and Remembrance (i mixed up the titles in my review on War and Remembrance)I loved the historical side of the books and became very involved with the characters. I lived and breathed nothing else for weeks as i listened to them both.
Pug!! Understated, earthy, old fashioned and loveable.
Pug .... I loved his voice
Thanks for a great many hours of enjoyment, long to be remembered!
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!