If you want to know about WWII....read (listen) Rise and Fall of the Third Reich first for a great factual background.....have a good map on hand. Then, read Herman Wouk's Winds of War which is the first book of this 2-book series. Then listen to this one. Herman Wouk is brilliant in his depiction of human nature at it's best, and it's worst.
His characters bring it all to life and will have you laughing and sobbing and will leave you with a new sense of it all.
When I was a kid (I turn 65 this year) there was a TV mini-series on this book. I can't remember who starred in it, but I remember that it was very well done, and my whole family watched it spell-bound for several weeks as each episode was broadcast.
It must have followed the book very closely, as I remembered Rhoda, and Byron and Pam and of course, Pug who was the main protagonist, as well as the desperate plight of the Jews in Poland, and then Italy, as Natalie and her uncle got out by the skin of their teeth on a frieghter bound for Palistine. Then there was the President, Roosevelt, and Hitler and all the Germans; the Nazi Germans and their infamous politics and propaganda. It was fascinating to listen as the Henry family was blown all over the world by the "winds of war".
This story is epic, it's personal, it's tragic, it's touching, heroic, romantic, historic, dramatic, and quite fascinating to listen as the war starts up slowly, ever so slowly with the public opinion of the U.S. dead set against any involvement until the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor. Then the U.S. finally actually enters the war against Japan and Germany both.
Get it. Listen to it. You won't regret it. 5 stars all the way.
I don't mind getting stuck in traffic...as long as I have an audio book playing.
Probably not. I never really listen to any book twice. I am always looking forward to my next read.
Winds of War of course
Yes...he is very good.
Why would I want to change the title?
I am sure this book in paperback would be over 1000 page read and it is worth it. I enjoy my commute every day and I am almost sorry when I reach my destination…I am so caught in the saga. I first listened to Winds of War and I was hooked. I recommend listening to Winds of War first. Books are not written like this anymore. So thorough, so detailed, full of heroism, suffering, perseverance, faithfulness, unfaithfulness, cruelty and heroism etc. I love it!
I read this story and its prequel many years ago, and was so impressed then. It should be a classic. Kevin Pariseau's narration is stunning. He truly PERFORMS the story. So many different voices; his various accents are believable. He even sings, and very well too. He brings both books alive. I have listened to both books twice, and I am still awed.
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Yes, because I would have had trouble reading such a long book. I tend to be overcome with sleep after reading for a while. This book is only my second book in Audible format. I have been pleasantly surprised to find that the Audible format, in this case coupled with Mr. Pariseau's engaging voice and expert reading, kept my interest up at all times and I did not feel sleepy.
The historical background, enhanced by frequent changes of pace and setting and the variety of the characters. I had barely finished listening to Winds of War (introductory gift that came with my new Kindle Fire HD) when I bought War and Remembrance. I just HAD to know what happened next!
He brought to life --well, almost-- all the different characters and allowed me to visualize them as real and distinct human beings, each one complete and unforgettable.
Had I had the time and the physical stamina, I would have done it with pleasure! As it was, I could hardly wait to get back to the book. It was almost a compulsion.
I learned so much with this book! A novel that teaches in addition to keeping the reader entertained is a double treasure.
It is gripping, entertaining and educational!
The scenes of the main fictional character interacting with important historical figures were fascinating and so believable. I am much more knowledgeable about WWII now!
He wove a compelling story of an American family with Jewish ties using historically accurate events and people during the WWII era.
Nothing, it was excellent. He was able to portray all characters differently and well. Some male narrators can't seem to convincingly emote women's voices, this one can.
I wish there was a third book! I miss the characters and would like to read more about them.
We started listening to this book a couple of weeks ago and became totally enthralled with it. We went back and downloaded the first series "Winds of War", which is the prequel to this one, from Netflix. It was a great idea to see the first one because it brought the characters to life for us so we could get a visual of them.
Love novels that follow families lives. Also found this to be so accurate in depicting WWII.
We haven't listened to any of Kevin Pariseau's other performances...he's a great narrator.
Obviously it's Pug Henry. The character is completely believable.
It's going to be a long listen, one that we will enjoy over the next couple of months.
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...