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.
One of the tops, after >10 years of listening to audio books.
Pug Henry. Genuine character. Full of moral and emotional strength, not to mention very smart.
Too many to count. Meeting Stalin at Kremlin banquet
I am now watching the TV series, just bought War and Remembrance Audio book, just bought FDR biography. Avidly learning about WWII, all due to this book.
This is truly a great book, and a great audio book. The book itself, plot, characters, language, all ring true, while also keep you guessing. The dialogues are intelligent. The WWII strategic analysis is brilliant. The historical personalities are both amazing and down to earth at the same time. The audio reader is wonderful. It must be a hard job to read through close a 1000 pages, but the Mr. Pariseau does a great job giving each character his/her own voice. Looking forward to War and Remembrance!Winds of War and War and Remembrance will go on my recommended reading list for my children and grand children, although I am only in my 30's now.
This is one of the great epics about WWII. So masterfully does Wouk lay out the events that lead up to the Second World Ward, that you become absorbed in the history. This is a great listen with an excellent narrator.
Absolutely. It's extremely well researched and intelligent. The story is entertaining but my main takeaway is that I learned an enormous amount about the lead up to WWII.
Happily married father of 4 with 3 of the meanest Grandchildren in the US :) I am a paving Forman for a large construction company Alabama.
I usually find myself wondering from time to time when some of my books get a little strung along... It didn't happen once during the whole book... Highly recommend. One of my top 5