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The Winds of War Audiobook

The Winds of War

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - Has any lengthy, sweeping epic ever felt more personal than The Winds of War? Kevin Pariseau helps the listener inhabit the events and relationships of this massive and beautifully-told story with a palette of vividly imagined characters, each with a well-defined voice and perfect accent. His transcendent performance makes the hours fly, but don't worry - when the book ends you can still enjoy more with the sequel, War and Remembrance. —David

Publisher's Summary

A masterpiece of historical fiction, this is the Great Novel of America's "Greatest Generation".

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

Also listen to War and Remembrance.

©1971 Herman Wouk (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Wouk's real genius lies not just in the narrative power of his books, but in his empathy with the people and the times of which he writes…. The genius of The Winds of War and War and Remembrance is that they not only tell the story of the Holocaust, but tell it within the context of World War II, without which there is no understanding it." (The Washington Post)

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    Patrick 09-06-12
    Patrick 09-06-12

    Et tu, Brute?

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    "Basically a WWII Soap Opera"

    I'm a huge WWII buff, and figured I'd give this fictional account a try. I can't say that it was bad, but it really wasn't my type of story. There's a lot of twists and turns, but overall it was simply a dramatic love story set in Europe. The parts that involve a fictional Churchill & FDR were interesting, but I can't say that I was yearning to hear more as the book went on. Drama, love, betrayal, and little bit of suspense, that's what you'll get. Don't expect lots of guns and gory war literature. This book will deliver more of a wartime soap opera than actual WWII suspense. Good but not great, read at your own risk...

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    Mr Marcus B Kenny Redbank Plains, QLD Australia 08-29-12
    Mr Marcus B Kenny Redbank Plains, QLD Australia 08-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Incredible"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It does an excellent job of putting the events of the war into order. So it's a good documentary wrapped up in a great story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Winds of War?

    Well, considering how well the events of the war are known I don't think I am spoiling anything if I say Pearl Harbour.


    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    Personally I'm happy if the performer does a good enough job that I don't think about them and can concentrate on the story. This performer is more than passable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's far too long for a single sitting, but I couldn't wait to get back to it. I was building a fence at the time, so I was listening all day long, and didn't tire of it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book only covers the war until Pearl Harbour. The sequel, War and Rememberance covers the rest. This series is so good that I wish there were more. It easily makes my top five favourites, and I'm an avid reader. I have listened to more than 500 audio books and hundreds more printed and ebooks.

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    drummin2life Chicagoland, USA 08-22-12
    drummin2life Chicagoland, USA 08-22-12 Member Since 2012

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    "An excellent story, well-read."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Winds of War to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the print version of this book, nor had I seen the television version of it, so the story was all new to me.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was an excellent story. To me, the only character that was really developed was Pug Henry. You don't really get to know any of the other characters -- especially the women, who can seem shallow or mere caricatures. Despite this, I enjoyed the book. I found the historical aspects of the book to be very interesting, and I would think that anyone who is not interested in WWII history would not be interested in this book at all.

    The performance was excellent and it was easy to listen to.

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    Laura Moncton, NB, Canada 08-18-12
    Laura Moncton, NB, Canada 08-18-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing story... amazing narrator!!"

    I listened to The Winds of War, and the sequel, War and Remembrance. I loved both. Such an in-depth portrait of WW II, through the eyes of various characters.

    Kevin Pariseau did an AMAZING job of all the characters and accents! He really brought the book to life in a FEAT of narration, acting and even at times - singing! I especially liked his Russian and German accents! Amazing!

    This audible book occupied my mind through many hours of home reno! I also feel as though I have gained a substantial amount of historical knowledge about the unfolding of WW II.

    Thank you Herman Wouk, Kevin Pariseau, and Audible!!!

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    Rory 08-09-12
    Rory 08-09-12 Member Since 2016
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    "WOW!"
    Would you listen to The Winds of War again? Why?

    Yes. Very compelling story, neatly done.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole Von Roon imitation of Manstein's Lost Victories and Halder's and Von Bock's War Diary and even Speer's books, was incrediblbly dead on. Great mechanism for not only explaining events, but also demonstrating the prejudices of the Germans in a very subtle fashion.


    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    Astounding his ability to mimic the different voices. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    I am an amateur historian of WWII, and have over 2,000 books covering various aspects of the war. But when I was 7 or 8, my parents had me watch the Robert Mitchum miniseries(knowing even then my fascination with the period) However, Mitchum and the rest of the cast were so horribly stiff and their stilted performances bored me to tears. And of course Pug appearing in every major scene of WWII was mindboggling. Strangely, listening to this book, I was able to suspend my disbelief on that point and enjoyed the story immensely.
    And yes, I went back and tried an episode of the miniseries on NetFlix and still found it incredibly poor, even for the 80's. Shame as Blue and the Gray showed it could be done well.

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    Ellen Kitty Hawk, NC, United States 08-05-12
    Ellen Kitty Hawk, NC, United States 08-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderful Journey"

    I don't know how I missed this story years ago and I cannot believe I missed the miniseries. I suppose it's just as well. The story brought such much too life. Well worth reading by anyone who loves historical fiction.

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    Catherine 07-30-12
    Catherine 07-30-12 Member Since 2016
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    "There are a lot of good books out there."
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    A great book.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Pariseau played all the characters well. All became very real personalities flawed in ordinary ways but quite individual in their courage. You cared about all of them.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Beryl Jastro


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Fr. Spannelli of the Vatican


    Do you have any additional comments?

    The author took the necessary time, talent, and effort to develop a large cast of characters to their fullness. When you reached the end of the book, you really knew who the characters were. the book is still relevant and the characters are real and fascinating. Every page counted in the telling of the story. Favorite line " We had become a tumbleweed family tossed around the globe by the winds of war." As good today as it was 30 years ago. The great ones always are,

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    tk Singapore, Singapore 07-30-12
    tk Singapore, Singapore 07-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved It"
    Where does The Winds of War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has been one of my favourite audiobook experiences. I highly recommend this, especially to those who have long commutes and like to really get to know the characters in a book. Kevin Pariseau's voice is gorgeous.


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    Michael GILBERT, AZ, United States 07-23-12
    Michael GILBERT, AZ, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "enjoyable book and series"
    Would you listen to The Winds of War again? Why?

    It was most interesting and the story didn't bog down like some


    What other book might you compare The Winds of War to and why?

    the companion book read this one first


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    Mary DALLAS, TX, United States 07-19-12
    Mary DALLAS, TX, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love every minute of it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Winds of War to be better than the print version?

    yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    hard to say. The characters are all great and such depth of developement


    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    fanastic!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    .


    Any additional comments?

    Such a good listen. Im sad its over.

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