Apples and oranges. I read both volumes of this work some years ago and was so impressed that I was drawn to listen to the audio versions on long walks. Both formats have their advantages.
Pamela Tudsbury. I just liked the way Wouk wrote her: plucky, humorous and willing to trust her heart. She had great valor. Pug was a bit of a stick and for much of the story his perspective was one of black and white, while Pam's was far more tinged with shades and color. It was nice to watch him evolve. He was a good man and a wise one. It was not preposterous for Pam to love him so deeply.
This is the most gifted reader I have experienced. These two volumes are more that 2,000 pages of dense narrative involving a multitude of characters, real and fictional. Pariseau can pitch his voice or change his inflection to create a distinct sense of each individual, keeping track of a character's voice throughout thousands of pages. I have a good ear and there was only one small place where I was aware that he failed to use a particular voice (Aaron Jastrow's). Pariseau even sings well! This is a really gifted actor! The only suggestion I would make is he should watch out for egregious mispronunciations, e.g. coup de GRASS for coup de gras (should sound like 'gra') or Jan when it should have been pronounced 'Yawn'. Picky points considering the Herculean task he undertook.
This series represents a very important piece of historical literature. I am in awe of Herman Wouk.
the dilution of the facts and factual details with the henrys and their acquaintances
not maudlin but sensitive treatment of the sufferings, the cost, of the war years
reads at perfect speed, stresses and intonations good, with feeling non troppo
pug; his stoic repressed feelings hinted at,because his marriage is reexamined because of the war, and inconsolable at the death of the son he adored
Because this and "Winds of War" are so long, it's a great value for your credits. These are both great books with a lot of detail about WWII woven throughout interesting stories of characters you care about. You're getting history lessons while you enjoy a good read. The narrator is terrific.
I believe I downloaded this book and its companion, The Winds of War, from a Audible list called "Magnum Opus" or something of that sort. It was no lie. These two books are among the best Audible has to offer.
Herman Wouk must have decided to write his own, American, version of War and Peace, and while not many writers could compete with Tolstoy, he had the chops to pull it off. The novels, simultaneously heartbreaking and inspiring, have everything a reader (or listener) could wish for: historical research, character development, plotting, great themes.
Audible chose wisely in getting Kevin Pariseau to narrate these two books. He not only had to be able to pronounce bits of language and place names from locations around the globe, but also to sing songs representing a variety of cultures. Who can do that? Kevin Pariseau can! There are too many examples of his brilliance to list, so I'll limit myself to just one: I'm thinking of a section in which he had to sing an old song from the twenties as one of the characters reflected on the happier days of her marriage - and somehow he managed to give it the scratchy shaky feel of an old 20s record.
By any measure, these two books and the Audible productions of them are outstanding.
I don't generally read historical fiction, and I steer away from WWII, but something about Wouk's books are completely enthralling, fascinating, interesting, enjoyable.
I love the performance, he does all the characters very well, good pacing, pronunciation--an expert reader.
All 56 hours of this book, and the huge Winds of War that I listened to before, were stories I listened to straight through, rarely breaking it up with other books (as I do when I am really fascinated by a book).
Byron Henry. He was really fleshed out and human.
When the Jastros are reunited in the German camp. I was listening while running, and I literally stopped in the street and cried.
Awesome WWII Novel, Part II
The historical accuracy with the fictional characters woven in to make the story entertaining. Very well written and prompted you to put yourself in the characters shoes. Great story to cause remembrance of WWII and the history of what happened to Jews.
When Natalie was summoned to the SS and her baby's life threatened.
Yes, The Winds of War. It was good too. He seamlessly goes between characters in the dialog. He has a great voice for audiobooks and I will look for books where he is the reader. Good accents too.
War and What would you do? The author describes the moral dilemmas of the characters' lives. Human morality and how people react.
I would recommend both the Winds of War and its sequel War and Remembrance. I didn't want it to end!
56 hours of feeling like you were there.
If this book does not make you cry get mad then rejoice you didn't listen.
The book kept moving at a marvelous pace. The historical information has prompted me to research more on WWII. Purchased a big atlas to see where some of the places are in the world. My eyes were opened and I realized how little I know about that time. Thank you Herman Wouk.
I just loved Kevin Pariseau's reading. I really laughed at the singing and the flatulence jokes about Hitler. Great whining Rhoda voice and great English accent for Pam.
Pug and Aaron, both incredibly strong characters
Pug Henry. I could listen to him over dinner so long as he kept away from the faith in God stuff.
Aaron was splendid without the overwhelming religion theme.
Rhoda was the most selfish and least likable character in the book. Only after time did I take to Natalie who was bull headed and although loyal to her uncle, she passed up many opportunities to save her child.
This novel that runs almost 60 hours was excellent! The fact that I not once was tempted to quit a novel of this length is quite an achievement for the author. This is the sequel to Winds of War, and it's best that Winds of War be read first. I loved Winds of War, and that was the better novel of the two. The first is one of my all time favorite novels, while the sequel is merely one of my favorites of the year. This one lets the listener experience the war through a handful of characters we got to know in Winds of War. The Henry family, which includes three officers fighting in the war, is a big part of this book again, yet the Jewish characters, the wife of Byron Henry and her author uncle, are even bigger characters in this. War and Remembrance captures the war from ships, planes, and submarines. It has war and love and political intrigue. The Holocaust is central to the novel, and I felt that this was the most moving Holocaust novel I have read. After spending over 100 hours listening to these very believable characters, the horrors of Nazi Germany come as alive as can be. Like the previous story, this one spends much time on the history of the war, from German and American perspectives. If there is a criticism, it's that there are too many stories and characters and too much history woven in, and the impact of some gets slightly diluted compared to Winds of War. Still, War and Remembrance kept my interest throughout, and I was near tears a number of times. I strongly recommend this to anyone with some interest in World War II history.