I don't generally read historical fiction, and I steer away from WWII, but something about Wouk's books are completely enthralling, fascinating, interesting, enjoyable.
I love the performance, he does all the characters very well, good pacing, pronunciation--an expert reader.
All 56 hours of this book, and the huge Winds of War that I listened to before, were stories I listened to straight through, rarely breaking it up with other books (as I do when I am really fascinated by a book).
Byron Henry. He was really fleshed out and human.
When the Jastros are reunited in the German camp. I was listening while running, and I literally stopped in the street and cried.
Awesome WWII Novel, Part II
The historical accuracy with the fictional characters woven in to make the story entertaining. Very well written and prompted you to put yourself in the characters shoes. Great story to cause remembrance of WWII and the history of what happened to Jews.
When Natalie was summoned to the SS and her baby's life threatened.
Yes, The Winds of War. It was good too. He seamlessly goes between characters in the dialog. He has a great voice for audiobooks and I will look for books where he is the reader. Good accents too.
War and What would you do? The author describes the moral dilemmas of the characters' lives. Human morality and how people react.
I would recommend both the Winds of War and its sequel War and Remembrance. I didn't want it to end!
56 hours of feeling like you were there.
If this book does not make you cry get mad then rejoice you didn't listen.
The book kept moving at a marvelous pace. The historical information has prompted me to research more on WWII. Purchased a big atlas to see where some of the places are in the world. My eyes were opened and I realized how little I know about that time. Thank you Herman Wouk.
I just loved Kevin Pariseau's reading. I really laughed at the singing and the flatulence jokes about Hitler. Great whining Rhoda voice and great English accent for Pam.
Pug and Aaron, both incredibly strong characters
Pug Henry. I could listen to him over dinner so long as he kept away from the faith in God stuff.
Aaron was splendid without the overwhelming religion theme.
Rhoda was the most selfish and least likable character in the book. Only after time did I take to Natalie who was bull headed and although loyal to her uncle, she passed up many opportunities to save her child.
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.
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.