This novel, and its predecessor, The Winds of War, are two of the best pieces of histoical fiction that I have ever read or listened to in my long reading life. The books are long enought to truly develop characters. The careful depiction of historical figures and context is simply extraordinary. The narration, both in pacing and intonation, is superb. Listen to these books. You will not be disappointed.
I simply love audiobooks; however when asked if I consider an audio edition better than the print version, I am at odds to respond. An audio edition has such beautiful and expressive reading by great specialists. They are moving, exhilarating, funny, sarcastic ... and yet a printed version, internally read by our own voice, also has its very personal touching and endearing features.
The final encounter by the-long and painfully separated Natalie and Byron, and their son Louis. Though the scene is not necessarily highlighted in the book and is to some extent plagued with practical details, the built-up suspense and suffering of these people make it so significant and moving that make it one of the most memorable moments in the book.
I liked too many scenes to say I had a favorite one. There were extraordinary scenes at the Russian Front, so many romantic scenes with Victor Henry, wonderful feeling around Italian landscape and culture in connection with Aaron Jastrow, hair-rising suspense around Natalie's many attempts at escaping Europe, peculiar Rhoda Henry's many couple and family scenes, ...there is no end to enjoyment.
Victor Henry and Natalie Jastrow are the two main figures in the book, I think. So noble and yet so human in the many facets they have as the rich characters they are. However, other characters are so interesting in their transformation, like Leslie Sloat and Aaron Jastrow, and in their depiction, like Rhoda Henry. Again, it's hard to decide. It takes all kinds to make a world.
The historical comments in Winds of War and War and Remembrance are not to be neglected. They provide important context to these two books, a fresco of those hard times.
Kevin Pariseau - not only was he exceptional with his accents, but I also enjoyed when he sang. I often forgot that he was doing all of the voices! Phenomenal! Having listened to the story, I have recently purchased the Winds of War DVD. Although this book is fiction, learning the history of World War II was fascinating! I hope the TV miniseries is as fulfilling as the audio version of this book was for me!
Aaron Jastrow's realization of what it truly meant to be Jewish.
The 'sermon' that Aaron Jastrow delivered before he left the Jewish ghetto.
I would nor could not rename it- the title was appropriate as is.
I'm having a hard time trying to find an audiobook that can measure up to The Winds of War and War and Remembrance! Suggestions please!!!! (-:
I've read (listened) to so many books on WWII including The Storm of War, Bloodlands, Inferno, The Rise and Fall of the 3rd Reich, In the Garden of Beasts, Lisbon, The Coming of the Third Reich, The Third Reich at War, Spandau Prison, Black Cross - and many others. Wouk's writing particularly in this book made me feel and experience what it meant to be a Jew/Jewess in Germany, France, and Italy profoundly. I felt and experienced the trauma. The last volume (Part 7) is particularly strong. Wouk made me experience the horror and not just read about it. It also provides insights into the mindset in the US and the political resistance to our entry into the war and recognition of what had happened. I recommend it highly.
The way that he used the individual characters to weave the story together to give the perspective of all the world leaders and to get a feel of the way that individual citizens must have felt while this history was taking place. You feel like you are right there with them. The fact that it is historically correct and it is a great way to learn the history of the time and remember it easier than reading a history book
The submarine battles & the Midway battle
The Historically Correct Story of World War II
A great historically correct, very informing & interesting review of Pearl Harbor and on.
Thourghly enjoyed the book to my surprise
Very interesting and informative on some of the problems of others on WW2.
Although I read many books about WW2 and I thought that I was well informed When I finished these 2 books I realized how much more I did not know, I could not stop listening to these two books for 5-6 weeks.
All of it! Narrator is perfect.
War and Peace
Same comments apply for Winds of war
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.