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
The story is a great historical novel. I am 73 and it gave me an understanding of WW II which I appreciate. Things like explaining "Lend Lease" which I had heard but never understood. English must be the reader's second language. When reading regular dialog he pauses between every word, absolutely excruciating. If the story had not been so good I would have never finished the book. Of the more than 200 audio books I have listened to, this is the worst reading I have encountered.
I think Henry Kissinger was right to call this book "The war itself". The way Pariseau (the narrator) plays all the different characters, including the women and as well as men in the story, is amazing. Anyone who has seen the move and/or read the book should also listen to this.
I'm just disappointed that Audible.com doesn't have the sequel to this (War and Remembrance). That's my only disappointment.
I found this to be an entertaining and informative story about the politics of WWII. The narrator did a great job except for the women's voices which seemed overly affected and artificial.
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.
My comments apply to The Winds of War and War and Remembrance. They are the same novel with the second spending very little time bringing the reader up to the present. I find the works a masterpiece. In the overall scope of the work, it has to approach fine literature. It definitely is one of the finest stories you will ever listen to. I had not previously read the books and bet they could be captivating but also could be daunting do to the length and the forays into the occasional history lessons. I would venture that the listener would do best listening to the epilogue at the end of War and Remembrance before starting The Winds of War. The epilogue only clarifies the factual people, locations, event and ships from the fictional. The epilogue will allow you to appreciate the effort in research necessary to achieve this wonderful book.