In "The Winds of War", Herman Wouk set the storyline and developed the characters for this most excellent follow-on book. The two book series runs ~100 hours of listening - an incredible amount of time to spend listening to one person. I never really thought about the narrator, Kevin Pariseau, as I listened hour after hour (and I've listened to the books twice!). His reading and character portrail is wonderful.
You will learn plenty of real history thru the lives of these fictional characters and enjoy it much more than reading history books. Seen from the perspective of individuals living during WWII, this book helps the reader to experience the emotion of the time as well as understand, as much as possible, the big picture too.
Live WWII thru the eyes of naval officers, military wives, Jewish men and women - from the high points of their lives (marriages, children being born, financial success) to emotional and/or traumatic lows (divorce, death, life in Jewish concentration camps). This book is compelling from the breadth of historical detail and the very real characters with whom you will share both joy and sorrow.
If you are looking for WWII historical fiction - it doesn't get any better than this!
A writer and journalist living in the great Pacific Northwest
I recommend this to anyone and everyone. The novel, combined with The Winds of War, is Herman Wouk's masterpiece. And Kevin Pariseau's narration is outstanding in every way. Th work and artistry he puts into every character is masterful.
You must look at the two epic novels together. Winds of War starts the story of the Henry family through the lead-in to World War II up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, and War and Remembrance takes them through the entirety of the war and even hints at their life after the war.
I loved the way he characterizes FDR, with the jaunty lilt we've come to expect from Roosevelt on screen.
Since this book comes in seven parts, I doubt anyone can sit that long willingly. But it does inspire you to spend long, relaxing hours listening, and makes you want to sneak in a few minutes whenever you can.
I love a good story and being able to broaden my literary horizons especially while I do my day to day mundane functions.
If your a world war II history fan this book is for you. Its chalk full of all kinds of great history and the author ties in the real with the fictitious with the skill of a chess grand master. The narration is spot on and really brings Wouks masterpiece to life. This Book is Epic in scope and for just one credit well worth your time.
i love reading historical novels, and family sagas. I'm a nurse manager, and a marriage celebrant and adore my family!!!
This book was enthralling, riveting and had me totally absorbed.
The detail was excellent, I learned a lot. I felt very involved with the family and had lots of discussions with family and friends regarding the story. I walked many kilometres walking and walking and listening and listening!!!
Loved it all.
I was devastated when it finished, but delighted to find the sequel!!!
Kevin Pariseau again is outstanding in his narration. I am old enough to vaguely remember WWII. I remember seeing newsreels of prisoners being shot, pictures of the concentration camps. I now feel like I have been there. By the time you are finished reading (listening) to this book each character is a person you know well, I read the hard cover of this book years ago and loved it, but the audio version is so superior. After 50 some hours later of listening, I was very sad to have it end and actually went back several chapters and listened again.
A Book and a Cat: Nothing more
In the past month, I have waded through both Winds of War and War and Remembrance. I suppose preferences for narrators are highly personal, but I cannot understand any of the objections to Kevin Pariseau. I found his work delightful, with particular regard for the voice he assigns Pug Henry. With dozens of voices in an epic of this magnitude, Pariseau makes each character recognizably new.
The quality of Wouk's fiction is unimpeachable. The epilogue clarifies historical points and the specific points at which the fiction digresses from history. Within the genre of historical fiction, this work commands both respect and engagement of the reader.
I loved The Winds of War, so when I finished that one I immediately downloaded this one. I wanted the entire Henry story. It didn't disappoint. I gave both books 5 stars. If I had to rank them, though, I'd give the first one, Winds of War, a higher rating, if only slightly. I love how great historical fiction gives me insights and new knowledge about times like World War 2. If you haven't read The Winds of War, put this one off until you do. You'll enjoy it a lot more.
I've been listening to audio books for well over twenty years (even before audible was available). Secretly, I wish I could be a narrator.
This is an outstanding fictional work of history, and the author did an exceptional job making history come alive. My only criticism was the narrator's pronunciation of "forecastle"; having served in the Navy it's pronounced "folk-sal". This comes from the British English pronunciation.
This incredibly long epic takes Pug Henry and his family through WW II and follows the prequel, Winds of War. Parts of this story were riveting and fascinating, other parts dragged along painfully. Wouk describes the events of the holocaust in pretty graphic detail, a painful reminder of the horrors of WW II and Hitler's regime. The stark contrast between the factual aspects of the retelling of the events surrounding the war through the eyes of this fictional family and their pretty petty personal lives made the story a bit disconnected for me.
This story may be easier to read than listen to...