Winds of War & War and Remeberance are really one huge story in two volumes. Wouk tells the story of WWII through the eyes of a navy family. He also makes use of the device of a counter view of the war through the eyes of a German Genral Staff officer writing from prison after the war, which book is edited and translated by Victor Henry the head of the family at the center of the book.
This is a great well told story with a solid basis in history. While one could argue about the areas of empisis its still a great listen.
I loved the characters and the character development in this book. The nuanced narration and interweaving of the history of WWII into the story made it exceptionally interesting.
Amazing characterizations. Too many to choose from. I gave Mr, Pariseau a standing ovation at the end.. okay.. I just applauded as I was driving in my car.. but the performance is ovation-worthy.
I 've read this book and its predecessor, Winds of War, several times. Listening brought new life to the characters and made them even more endearing than ever. Recent experiences, including a trip to Washington's Holocaust museum and learning about a relative's Naval service in the Pacific, brought the story even closer to my heart. A very good read...
Great, great story telling, fascinating history and very exceptional narration. Prepare to be addicted to a long, long book...
As well as a great story the narration is absolutely wonderfu making the listen easy and enjoyable with terrific characterisation.
Any historical fiction though the first part of this slory The Winds of War is equally as good, well narrated and researched. Puts me in mind of the Kite Runner for the sheer impact it had on my emotions.
I loved his ability to capture each of the characters personalities through accents and tones. He captures the moods within the story even singing.
There were parts if it that broke my heart and made me cry, left me in anguish and horror. And left me with a total abhorrence of mans' inhumanity to man.
This was one of the best books I've ever read, a truly great read.
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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.