I am so amazed by Wouk's ability to write a GOOD story. It was so very complete and well structured. The story flowed so very easily. I am really, very impressed. This book takes a lot of time, but if a book keeps me up late, hurting myself to find a stopping place so I can sleep, it gets 5 stars. Well done.
The story was really interesting, informative and captivating. Little by little, you're drawn in to this world and to the characters. You want to know what happens to them because you've gotten to know them and you care about them.
Character development and the descriptive settings and events in the story. You hear from different characters through their own unique perspective.
Kevin Pariseau gives everyone a different voice and accent. I liked FDR's character as I heard him given a voice by Kevin. It was excellent work.
As I listened to the noose tightening around Natalie and Aaron's living situation, I kept thinking that I wanted to tell them to get out, get out of there, right now!
I've already purchased
So many things. Great story to begin with, and a great narration made it so very listenable.
Byron-because he grew so much in the story-but this also has to include War and Remembrance.
No, but he is very, very good. I love the way he can impersonate famous characters, and even songs of the era.
I think the name is too good to change.
Don't miss this!
Herman Wouk is a master both of the history of his period here, and of storytelling. Although as an American Jewish writer, he must have very painful feelings about the wartime events in Europe - especially in Poland, Russia, and Germany itself - he is able to inhabit the point of view of all his characters, whatever their nationality: the American family, the American Jewish family, the English family, and many other characters. One even sees Hitler and Roosevelt as real people - and in a slightly different light. This is astonishing because it enabled me to experience much more clearly than in a fictional film or documentary a little of what it meant to be alive in those various countries during WW2.
In its scope and focus on a handful of families involved, it might by some people be compared to Ken Follett's Fall of Giants about the First World War
This was the first time I heard Kevin Pariseau as narrator. Male and female characters were equally convincing, I thought. He also made a very good shot at the various European accents as well as giving Pug Henry exactly the warm strength that I felt he would have.
A major part of the book for me, was just how involved I felt with these people. Unlike us, they have no overview of the years they are living through, day by day. They can only guess at what is going to happen and hope for the best. There are even certain key points when you know more than they do and yet are unable to warn them or give help when they are powerless. The way the author ensured I felt empathy for the heightened experiences of war -the characters' ambitions, passions, fear, guilt, terror, powerlessness, fury, but also their humour, courage and love - this seemed to me to be the triumph of this book. The various strands of their stories did more than keep my interest all the way through - it kept me as anxious and hoping for a happy outcome as if these were people really known to me.
Superb story & narration
Pug Henry. The story is told thru his eyes.
No. He's not the very best I've ever heard, but he kept a very long story enjoyable. Other than some small mispronunciations, I'd be hard-pressed to criticize his performance. Very strong.
Was planning to wait quite awhile before listening to the sequel before I listened to the first one. Loved this so much that I will probably get it in the next few days.
Yes, I rated this book 5 Stars in all three categories.
But, there are two stars here; Herman Wouk and Kevin Pariseau. The story Wouk tells is incredibly compelling and engaging. Just when I though I might have had enough of one character or situation he switched gears and always left me wanting more.
Pariseau, I think, is brilliant. So many characters, nationalities, accents and ages; but he does them all and does them well. He brought those characters to life for me in a way I may not have done reading the book.
I can't wait for War and Remembrance.
The narrator !!!!!!
Length - needed something for a 5 day drive.
With another narrator it would have been . The performance was so painful I could only listen for short periods before my annoyance made me switch stories.
LISTEN TO THE SAMPLE CAREFULLY. The narration makes long listens impossible!
This audiobook is every bit as good as the print version, and a wonderful way to revisit this Great American Novel without reading it again. For those of us who have read the novel, many of us more than once, this is a great way to gain a new appreciation of this crucially important historical novel. If you work at a computer screen all day long and your eyes are tired at night (but your mind is not), this audiobook is a great way to spend your evenings.
Franklin D. Roosevelt is my favorite character. Herman Wouk has portrayed his
Pariseau is an obvious admirer of Wouk's art and manages to convey a wide variety of characterizations with only minor inflections of his voice.
Civilization on the Brink...
For those of you who love the novel, and love the miniseries, you will love the audiobook at least as much! This wonderful audiobook edition of
Outstanding performance by Pariseau. He handles so many different accents with ease.
Highly recommend it.
Kevin Pariseau may be a capable reader, but not for this book or its sequel. His diction is too clipped and his pronunciation is horrible. Just when the listener is being brought into the power of the story, we are jarred out of it by Mr. Pariseau's reading. Instead of allowing us to get lost in the power of the book, we are, instead, reminded that this IS a novel we are listening to, whereas when we read it, we become drawn into the drama and feel for the characters.
War and Remembrance: written by the same author, and it is the continuing adventures of The Henry and Jastrow families.
His words were too clipped and his pronunciation was terrible.
No. Way too long for that.