Used to be an avid reader, but became an avid knitter. Eventually found Audible and can now have the best of both worlds.
While I'm glad the historical events from this book are over, I'm sad the book has ended. You grow attached to the characters.
I love how accurate and factual this book is, while at the same time drawing you in and acquainting you with (some fiction some actual) people from that time
I also loved how the Nazi side of events were explored. Though I'd never agree with them, it's fascinating (like a train wreck) to glimpse.
The very end where the author lists what was what and who was who in real life (pointing out who was fact/fiction) was great. I hated history in high school, but now in later life I absolutely love it, and this is my favorite way to take it in.
Can't recommend this enough if you have similar taste.
A side note: when I first began The Winds of War, the narrators dry voice was of concern to me. Not sure I could endure the many hours involved in this. It didn't take long before realizing that his was the best voice for the book, and I'll miss that too!
Best book follow up of Winds of War. Best book I've ever read!!! Both were great book. Great historical romance & memorable characters woven with authentic facts.�😆😆😆
Wow I can't believe I finished this very long book. It was interesting but very detailed. I feel like I have finished a class on war. Story line was short compared to length of book.
loved the history brought to life, hated the inhumanity of the Nazis. the fictional story is compelling, the lessons learned from the behavior of average German citizens are cautionary for us all.
I loved the format of the faux translation to tell the German perspective and the storyline to tell the American and English perspective.
I followed up "The Winds of War" with "War & Remembrance". The first installment is better, but this is still a great listen. Some of the scenes from the Nazi concentration camps are very disturbing mostly because they are true and it's hard for most people to fathom how anyone can treat another human in such an inhuman way, though the Jews are still persecuted to this day. The history in the book is terrific, though there is great detail on some aspects of the war and little on others. The Henry family makes learning about WWII enjoyable and I recommend it to all. It will stoke your desire to learn more about the events of WWII.
Kevin Pariseau is a fantastic narrator, performing both male as well as female parts equally will, drawing the reader in
My dream job would be reading for a living...
Just like the first book, Winds of War, the second installment is absolutely amazing. All and all it took me about 2 months to get through these books and I count it as time well spent. The author does a brilliant job of depiciting WWII from all of the vantage points of the characters he portrayed. You get a truly multi-faceted perspective when considering the motivations and occurences of this war. He does an absolutely amazing job of marrying little known historical facts and lenghty commentary on significant battles all while making the book feel like an experience rather than a lecture. By the time I got to the second book, I was already deeply invested in the characters so wrapping up War and Remembrance is like saying goodbye to friends. All and all this book is masterfully done and leaves me with a much deeper understanding of WWII from both a historical and human standpoint. Recalling the events portrayed in these books forces one to truly consider what it is to be a part of the human experience.