This novel that runs almost 60 hours was excellent! The fact that I not once was tempted to quit a novel of this length is quite an achievement for the author. This is the sequel to Winds of War, and it's best that Winds of War be read first. I loved Winds of War, and that was the better novel of the two. The first is one of my all time favorite novels, while the sequel is merely one of my favorites of the year. This one lets the listener experience the war through a handful of characters we got to know in Winds of War. The Henry family, which includes three officers fighting in the war, is a big part of this book again, yet the Jewish characters, the wife of Byron Henry and her author uncle, are even bigger characters in this. War and Remembrance captures the war from ships, planes, and submarines. It has war and love and political intrigue. The Holocaust is central to the novel, and I felt that this was the most moving Holocaust novel I have read. After spending over 100 hours listening to these very believable characters, the horrors of Nazi Germany come as alive as can be. Like the previous story, this one spends much time on the history of the war, from German and American perspectives. If there is a criticism, it's that there are too many stories and characters and too much history woven in, and the impact of some gets slightly diluted compared to Winds of War. Still, War and Remembrance kept my interest throughout, and I was near tears a number of times. I strongly recommend this to anyone with some interest in World War II history.
Details of surrounding description of enviorment.
Arron, seemed so sincere and smart.
When Natalie sees Victor after he was sent away.
Pug, and his opinion of different people and how they operated and effected others
Best book for a long time
I'm a country potter, gardener, flute player and tin tinker living with my husband, an electrical engineer & cabinet maker.
First I will admit that some of the details of administering a war seemed dry to me but after I time I came to understand war as a planning experience and the idea of war games meant more to me. It's not ever an accident. It's something that the military wants and hopes for.
The story of the people, this family, is well done. Well placed in the events of time.
The ideas of Hitler and the Holocaust are told in a way that shows how insane hatred and war are and how important education and taking a stance are.
I'm glad for the many hours in this book as well as Winds of War.
My appreciation for the narration by Keven Pariseau can't not be expressed. His work is marvelous. He has many voices. He sings. He speaks in accents that add color and texture to the story. Any book he narrates would be worth the listen.
Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
Incredible. Built around historical events and figures, the Henry family witnesses military events in Europe, the Pacific, Russia, Los Alamos. Especially moving is the experience of Natalie Jasper and her uncle Aaron, American Jews in Italy stuck after Pearl Harbor. As the author writes in the historical notes, his purpose was to "...bring the past to vivid life." Mission accomplished. Well done Mr. Wouk.
Yes because it covers a riveting period in world history and tells a good story.
The journey of Natalie Jastrow as a Jew in Nazi held Europe
When Byron finds his son Louis and brings him to Natalie
This book and Winds of War are excellent. A must listen.
The saga of Victor Henry and his family throughout WWII was a page turner of their interesting and intriguing happenings while in many countries in so many harrowing situations. It was beautifully written by Herman Wouk, his describing what it must have been like during the war, and more accurately, in the middle of it. Kevin Pariseau read it not only with spot-on accents, but with such feeling for each of the characters, including Hitler, Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt. The history was factual except for the characters who weaved the story together so beautifully. I hated for it to end.
The Winds of War preceded War and Remembrance...both were equally enjoyable in every sense of the senses.
Too many great scenes to single out. The book was one memorable scene after another.
My husband's brother was shot down in Germany, our only recently finding out many more of the circumstances. Our interest in WWII is greater because of that. This book made us realize more vividly what he must have gone through like so many other young men who didn't want to fight...and die.
I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying The Winds of War, then War and Remembrance. It deserves 10 stars.
In over 105 hours of listening time, in both of books, I never tired of hearing Kevin Pariseau's voice, which says a lot. His sometimes subtle changes in tonalities of personalities were always recognizable. But the most enjoyable part for me, was learning about WW II from so many perspectives...... the author cleverly separated the story's family into different parts of the world. My understanding of the events increased greatly, while being thoroughly entertained. I came away with a much greater appreciation for this time in history which changed so many people's lives.Highly recommended.
Intriguing, Spellbinding, Heartbreaking
It's hard for me to even think of a book that compares to the depth of characters and attention to detail in War and Remembrance.
Kevin Pariseau did an amazing job with all the characters but my favorite performance was that of Pamela. She came off as dramatic and snooty, just like any well bred English girl should.
All the moments that Aaron Jastro realizes how his actions of not leaving affected the lives of so many others. It was so sad to think of how this must have affected him.
I really like this book, but all the women come off as flaky and of questionable morals. Definitely a book more geared towards men, but still an excellent listen.
Absolutely, because Kevin brought all the characters to life!
Kevin is the best reader of all of the books I have listened to. He deserves an award!
FDR or Aaron Jastrow were the most engaging and intelligent!
I loved this two part series. I found the characters, story, and narration to be a perfectly fulfilling. Don't miss this!