Maybe it's a mistake to buy an audiobook of a book that one had read (espeically a novel) - I had great expectations when I bought this audiobook. However I found the performance of the narrator (who had to play many parts) very flat and disappointing. I am abandoning it after hearing less than an hour.
This would be very high in my all time favourites were it not for the dreadful narrator. Not only was his delivery monotonous, but his English accents were risible. At first I thought they were intended to be funny, but then slowly I realised that was his idea of English voices. Pamela in particular is really terrible.
Wouk has a gift for weaving disparate stories into a compelling whole.
The descriptions of the fighting in Russia
Best to listen to Winds of War and follow on directly with this.
I love World War II stories and that this one followed different members of one family through the whole thing, and also never let the threads that connected them fray was fascinating. I know it is fiction, but it so closely followed historical facts, it made you feel such a connection to the Henry family.
I liked the mini-series when it was on TV, bought the video and watched it more than once, but this book was the best of all. I am sorry it had to end.
I liked Kevin Pariseau's performance of this book because he really was
I meant to listen to this book as I walked my dog, but I found myself listening to it not only then, but while I did housework, driving, etc. -- I found it hard to put down. But still it took me a couple of weeks to hear it all and I'm sorry it's over.
Yes, without a doubt. This book (and the winds of war) drew me in from the moment Kevin Pariseau began reading. The story of the Henrys and the Jastrows in the midst of World War 2 was riviting and I could not stop listening to the beautiful voice of Kevin Pariseau and thinking about the characters when I wasn't listening to it. It really brings you into that era of Nazi Germany and the alies.
Even though it was very difficult to listen to the horrors of the holocaust, Natalie and Aaron's journey from Sienna, all the places in between, and finally to Auschwitz was heartbreaking and inspiring as they turned to their jewish faith to help them survive. I loved everything about this book.
He is the best narriator that I have ever listened to.
I listened to the Winds of War a few months ago and downloaded War and remembrance as soon as it was available. I have never read either book, but like this type of book regardless of historical era: multiple story lines, lasting many years, excellent character development - combined with prominient historical characters and their actions. You either like this type of story or not.
Kevin Pariseau is the perfect narrator for this type of genre, switching between European, American, male and female accents with ease.
The actual story ended rather abruptly, but after a weeks thought - and the story and themes do make one think, this may be purposeful. But it does make one look for a part three, as if the two books were written as a trilogy. Hence, the reason it is not a perfect 5 star in all catagories.
Wonderful book that multiple generations can read and discuss. My dad read both books when they were published. Having just finished Winds of War before the holidays, it made for lively discussions about human nature and geopolitcs in the evenings!
I highly recommend this listen!
I've listened to quite a few WWII histories this past year, but I think I have learned more from this book and The Winds of War than I have from the straight non-fiction histories. These two books by Wouk are well worth the Audible credits and the time.
Kevin Pariseau has done another outstanding job in this sequel to _The Winds of War_, bringing to life each character and connecting each narrative thread throughout this long and involved history. There are so many aspects of the story and history that are enhanced by Pariseau's reading; his singing of Jewish songs (in Yiddish and English), for example, made me feel a much deeper connection with the story that I could not possibly have created for myself while reading from a printed page.
book 2 at 3:07 there is glitch in my recoding. goes from Germany to Midway mid sentence.. anyone else have this problem?
Wonderful job of narration except... every time the action moves aboard ship, I cringe, because he just cannot manage to correctly pronounce the names of the parts of ships. It's "fo'c'sle," dagnabbit, not "four-castle." "Bosun," not "boat-swain." "Gunnel," not "Gun-whale." And on and on and on.
Learning about the times and trials during the war
This was the first
Hard slogging at first and many times through the book, but overall very good.