I listened to the first 2 hours and it never improved. I was so bored. The 1 star rating on the performance is probably unfair. I could not get through the drab story.
Performance deserves a ten. Story is powerful and brutal. A great tome. The two books together put one's petty complaints here in the U.S. Into perspective. The book asks us to wonder about what it is to be human and conscious in times of great challenge.
After the build up of the prequel, "Winds of War," through such elaborate detail and description, the second half of "War and Remembrance" felt rushed almost as though Wouk was tired of writing. I did get a sense of war weariness that the country may have felt after several years leading up to and then the three years of war itself, and maybe this was Wouk's intention behind the way he wrote the second half of this book. However, the detail and well thought out out plot of his prequel and most of this book were in stark contrast to the 70 mile an hour blur of wrapping things up that was the ending. This is not a knock against the story overall, but I feel a bit of disappointment in how quickly the end came after so much time building up to it.
Between The Winds of War and War and Remembrance we have a Tolstoy in Leon Uris. The Audiobook version brings the sweeping narrative of the Henry family to life over a sweeping vision of the Second World War.
The German war dairy translations were a little tedious at times and dry which is why I have a lower rating. The narrator was amazing. The story was factual but also carried the reader along in the fictional lives of the characters. The book is relatively clean and without a lot of intimate scenes. All together one of the better war books I have read. It gives an account of not just one front of the war but all fronts and all players in that great time in history.
This is the sequel to The World At War and continues the story of the Henry family through to the end of the war. We se all the major battles and historical figures through the eyes of this family. The history is accurate and the story brings the war to life. My only criticism is the amount of detail about war ships and sea battles. This part is a bit long.
Both "Wings of War" and "War and Remembrance" will stand in the history of world's literature as the finest examples of the art of writing. Herman Wouk masterfully weaves the polyphonic story of the world during WWII through a triage of journeys of families members belonging to two very different clans. The Henries led by the Navy Admiral Viktor Henry and the Jastraws - the tragic but inspiring journey of the Jewish scholar Aaron Jastraw, his niece Natalie and of the millions of Jews who were subjected to the most calculated, elaborate and unprecedented plan of total extermination in front of the rest of the rest of the world. This is a transformative book and I envy those readers who are yet to discover it. The narrator is also absolutely outstanding. I can't wait to read other books by this amazing author and to enjoy one of the be the best readers I ever heard. Thank you Audible for bringing this Masterpiece to us. Anastasia Vanderbeck
my ipod and audible make the daily 10 mile walks a "breeze"....
just a great culmination to one of the greatest wars ever fought. i walk a lot...(5-10 miles a day)...and listening to this book just made the miles fly by...if you are too young to remember much about the war...buy...listen...remember...you won't regret it.
The narrator is magnificent!
This is the second time I've read this book and it's companion, "the Winds of War". Both books tell a gripping story about the world at war.
I really can't say enough about the narration. Mr. Pariseau is simply perfect.