It is easy to forget all the twists and turns of WWII. Especially (for me) the degree to which the U.S. government supplied the Soviet Union equipment through the Lend Lease program.
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I've now read it, watched it and listened to it, and the Audible experience might be the best of the three.
This book takes you right into the lives and the world as it was during world war 2. Important history that we all should learn from is all around you throughout the story. What a great way to understand that time and the choices and events of that occurred. The narrator is exceptional!
Performance deserves a ten. Story is powerful and brutal. A great tome. The two books together put one's petty complaints here in the U.S. Into perspective. The book asks us to wonder about what it is to be human and conscious in times of great challenge.
After the build up of the prequel, "Winds of War," through such elaborate detail and description, the second half of "War and Remembrance" felt rushed almost as though Wouk was tired of writing. I did get a sense of war weariness that the country may have felt after several years leading up to and then the three years of war itself, and maybe this was Wouk's intention behind the way he wrote the second half of this book. However, the detail and well thought out out plot of his prequel and most of this book were in stark contrast to the 70 mile an hour blur of wrapping things up that was the ending. This is not a knock against the story overall, but I feel a bit of disappointment in how quickly the end came after so much time building up to it.
Between The Winds of War and War and Remembrance we have a Tolstoy in Leon Uris. The Audiobook version brings the sweeping narrative of the Henry family to life over a sweeping vision of the Second World War.