Love historical fiction, good light reading, histories, and theological treatises.
I would have loved for the story to have stayed true to the end. Having woven the fabric of the story in intricate detail, it seems like Wouk left off in ribbons at the end, and that was pretty disappointing. However, having said that, seeing parts of the war and the Holocaust revealed that I've never encountered before was a feat in and of itself, as I am a war-history person and the Holocaust is pretty ubiquitous (deservedly so). It was wonderful to learn new things within the context of such a great story.
I consider all audio editions of books better than print version, due to voices and sound effects (occasionally used).
The long devoted, lover (albeit celebrate) of the forever stable stoic Colonel Henry.
The scene where the younger brother stumbles into his sister's apartment to find she is truly a modern woman.
No, I savored both books and every part.
This story by the time you get to it after the "The Winds of War", is not as interesting but only by a little. The multiple characters and each ones reaction to the war years keeps the interest going. This is best ascribed to the pattern of the writing.
history made interesting. Kevin pariseau is a superb narrator and brought each character to life.
Intertwining fiction with history.
Reunion between pam and capt henry. He deserved to be happy.
I laughed and cried. The scenes which detailed the life in concentration camps were difficult to listen to and evoked strong emotions of: saddness, disgust in the human race,and empathy for the characters.
I plan on keeping this book to listen to again. It is a wonderful story that brings history to life through fictional characters.
I loved both print and audio versions.
Submarine fights near Japan; Poland invasion; FDR.
He never missed a beat; his character voices added depth and interest.
Way too long for one sitting so I carried it everywhere on my iPod.
The history behind the novel is quite interesting. The narration is irritating, to say the least
I didn't listen to other Herman Wouk books.
The narration is just too fast and the tone used, most of the times, sounds almost frivolous. I really disliked it.
Good story, ruined by the worst narration I have heard.
Big Band jazz lover
Outstanding! Great ongoing (from WInds of War) character and story development and narration. Left me wanting more. I'm now a Wouk fan and looking for more of his work!
Intense Accurate Comprehensive
The first time Natalie and Bayron meet again in occupied Marseille
Many moments. Aaron Jastrow entering the gas chambers will make a rock cry.
One of the best books, for both content and performance, I've listened to. And I've listened to plenty.
Too many to mention in a book of such scope. It really put the key battles/moments of World War 2 into context.
Being an Australian, all the action in and around the war in the Pacific made me, finally, aware of what happened in this theatre
I thought I knew a bit about WW2. This book told how it all fitted together.A great entertaining learning experience on WW2 and why we should never let it happen again.
Yes. Listen to the historical notes at the end first. There were some scenes where I thought this is pure fiction but turned out to be based on fact. And listen to his other book the Winds of War first.
I preferred Winds of War to this sequel, but it was still a great read/listen. You get a dose of WWII history mixed with an epic family story and romance. The narrator is fantastic across the board. Really worth one's time to listen to this story - and what a great deal to get a novel of this length for a single credit. Great job audible!
Yes, we all knew what happened. I had a very hard time listening to some of the details and had to stop the audio for a bit before I went on. A great listen, but hard to fathom how people of the day knew the plight of the jews and turned their backs.