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Yes, because I would have had trouble reading such a long book. I tend to be overcome with sleep after reading for a while. This book is only my second book in Audible format. I have been pleasantly surprised to find that the Audible format, in this case coupled with Mr. Pariseau's engaging voice and expert reading, kept my interest up at all times and I did not feel sleepy.
The historical background, enhanced by frequent changes of pace and setting and the variety of the characters. I had barely finished listening to Winds of War (introductory gift that came with my new Kindle Fire HD) when I bought War and Remembrance. I just HAD to know what happened next!
He brought to life --well, almost-- all the different characters and allowed me to visualize them as real and distinct human beings, each one complete and unforgettable.
Had I had the time and the physical stamina, I would have done it with pleasure! As it was, I could hardly wait to get back to the book. It was almost a compulsion.
I learned so much with this book! A novel that teaches in addition to keeping the reader entertained is a double treasure.
It is gripping, entertaining and educational!
The scenes of the main fictional character interacting with important historical figures were fascinating and so believable. I am much more knowledgeable about WWII now!
He wove a compelling story of an American family with Jewish ties using historically accurate events and people during the WWII era.
Nothing, it was excellent. He was able to portray all characters differently and well. Some male narrators can't seem to convincingly emote women's voices, this one can.
I wish there was a third book! I miss the characters and would like to read more about them.
We started listening to this book a couple of weeks ago and became totally enthralled with it. We went back and downloaded the first series "Winds of War", which is the prequel to this one, from Netflix. It was a great idea to see the first one because it brought the characters to life for us so we could get a visual of them.
Love novels that follow families lives. Also found this to be so accurate in depicting WWII.
We haven't listened to any of Kevin Pariseau's other performances...he's a great narrator.
Obviously it's Pug Henry. The character is completely believable.
It's going to be a long listen, one that we will enjoy over the next couple of months.
Winds of War & War and Remeberance are really one huge story in two volumes. Wouk tells the story of WWII through the eyes of a navy family. He also makes use of the device of a counter view of the war through the eyes of a German Genral Staff officer writing from prison after the war, which book is edited and translated by Victor Henry the head of the family at the center of the book.
This is a great well told story with a solid basis in history. While one could argue about the areas of empisis its still a great listen.
I loved the characters and the character development in this book. The nuanced narration and interweaving of the history of WWII into the story made it exceptionally interesting.
Amazing characterizations. Too many to choose from. I gave Mr, Pariseau a standing ovation at the end.. okay.. I just applauded as I was driving in my car.. but the performance is ovation-worthy.
I 've read this book and its predecessor, Winds of War, several times. Listening brought new life to the characters and made them even more endearing than ever. Recent experiences, including a trip to Washington's Holocaust museum and learning about a relative's Naval service in the Pacific, brought the story even closer to my heart. A very good read...
Great, great story telling, fascinating history and very exceptional narration. Prepare to be addicted to a long, long book...
As well as a great story the narration is absolutely wonderfu making the listen easy and enjoyable with terrific characterisation.
Any historical fiction though the first part of this slory The Winds of War is equally as good, well narrated and researched. Puts me in mind of the Kite Runner for the sheer impact it had on my emotions.
I loved his ability to capture each of the characters personalities through accents and tones. He captures the moods within the story even singing.
There were parts if it that broke my heart and made me cry, left me in anguish and horror. And left me with a total abhorrence of mans' inhumanity to man.
This was one of the best books I've ever read, a truly great read.
Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.
This novel, and its predecessor, The Winds of War, are two of the best pieces of histoical fiction that I have ever read or listened to in my long reading life. The books are long enought to truly develop characters. The careful depiction of historical figures and context is simply extraordinary. The narration, both in pacing and intonation, is superb. Listen to these books. You will not be disappointed.