I cannot say enough about this book and performance. As an English major in college, I can't believe I didn't 'read' W&R until I was past 60, but I am certainly pleased that when I did, it was this performance. I read Winds of War before it (as I would encourage you to do), and they are among the best told stories I have ever read. Kevin Pariseau's performance is spectacular as he is able to voice American, English, German and Russian accents beautifully be they male or female. Herman Wouk's characters are simply powerful. A must read!
As a must read, especially if you've read "The Winds of War," but not necessarily at the top of the list.
"Gone With The Wind" is a good comparison, albeit written from another era.
Perhaps Victor "Pug" Henry --- he really brought out the personality of Henry in his performance.
No, taking a rest to digest the events drove the story.
Good companion to "The Winds of War." Buy them as a pair to get the full story.
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
As with most readers I find it difficult to name my favorite books. The answer I generally give is this: "My favorite book is the one I am reading next." Despite this, I must admit that I do have a small few books with I love so much they have a spot in my top five list. They are the books I return to again and again. Mr Wouk's brilliant, epic tale of the Henry family found in both The Winds of War and War and Remembrance is so compelling that they have both remained on that list for 30 years. I absolutely love these two books.
This is the first time that I have listened to the audio version of the book. It was lovely. Mr Pariseau easily voices all of the many characters, giving each a distinct sound and pace. His reading is melodious, strong and consistent. He melts into the story, becoming the voice of the book. It was a beautiful experience. I will certainly listen to it again and will look for other stories narration by Pariseau.
Along with the Winds of War, Wouk's epic does an outstanding job of explaining WWII and what the times were like for the people who lived through it. The characters aren't always perfectly fleshed out - but they are drawn well enough to understand their motivations and fears and for the reader to care about them. The historical detail and accuracy are excellent. They give the reader a good understanding of the war. The performance of the reader is top notch.
This fictitious story was an excellent vessel for carrying the meticulously researched historical facts. I learned a lot about WWII, and I'm going to 'miss' the Henrys.
The narrator, Kevin Pariseau, was perfect, and his ability to keep the characters audibly distinct made the listening almost as pleasurable and followable as a dramatised version. There were a few pronunciations that were awkward, but considering he had to cover the accents of Americans, British, French, German, Austrian, Czech, Russians, Italians, and probably a few I've forgotten, both as men and women, the mistakes are forgivable are barely detracted.