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.
The performance in this audiobook is exceptional. American English, British, German, Yiddish, Polish, Italian, French, Hebrew and Japanese words and names are easily read to the listener. Songs are sung to the proper tunes.
The story was exhausting, but well worth the effort. Wouk was very careful to keep history accurate though the characters were fictional. Great work!!
I love historical fiction, history (especially WWII), rock bios, well-told and interesting fiction, non-fiction, & a bit of fantasy sci-fi.
This book picks up right from where book one leaves off. if you read book one and enjoyed it then this book is a must. More adventures during the mid to final years of WW2 with the characters you've grown to love and hate from Book One. The Henry's, Jastro's and the rest of the players continue to be pivotal players as the Second World War heats up and winds down.
Don't miss out on the second half of this riveting story.
Educational, entertaining, inspirational---pure genius delivered both by the author and narrator. Wouk brings the dark events of WWII to life in this gripping sequel to The Winds of War. Pariseau delivers another perfect performance. I can't find enough praise for this audible experience!
A wonderful story and one in which the author is able to transport you back into time and be there with the Henry's in the 1940s and World War II.
It's educational while entertaining & so easy to listen to that I couldn't put it down. I laughed and I cried. This book is the real deal and the performance of the narrator was simply unbelievable.