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The Winds of War Audiobook

The Winds of War

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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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    Amanda Robertson, Australia 11-12-12
    Amanda Robertson, Australia 11-12-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "An oldie but a goodie"
    Would you listen to The Winds of War again? Why?

    This was a great read. I love having a book that makes you feel like taking a sickie just so you can stay in bed and keep listening. It's good and long but never boring. I've listened to a few books about the second world war but none that tell it from this angle. Really interesting!


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Pariseau’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    You know a narrator is good when you become so totally absorbed in the story and don't even notice when they move effortlessly from one voice to the next.


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    Barbara 10-13-12
    Barbara 10-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Absorbing historical novel"

    Set in the years leading up to U.S. involvement in WWII, Herman Wouk's multi-dimensional historical novel brings the conflicts, the complex issues and the key players to richly imagined life. It's easy to forget these are fictional characters and I found it fascinating to see the approaching inevitable war through their eyes. This is a very long audiobook but well worth the dramatic hours. I immediately added Wouk's War and Remembrance to my list when I finished it.

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    anne Silverstein 10-10-12
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    "A Masterpiece"

    Already familiar with the history of WWII and the Holocaust, I was reluctant to delve into this work of historical fiction. I thought it would be depressing and not inspirational. Fortunately, I chose the book anyway because of the positive reviews. The Winds of War as well as the sequel, War and Remembrance, are two of the best books I have ever read or listened to. The book brings alive the history of WWII and examines the human condition on many different levels while being immensely entertaining. The narrator is superb!

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    Ann Hastings, MN, United States 10-03-12
    Ann Hastings, MN, United States 10-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very good historical Fiction. ."

    A very good novel about WW2, I learned alot about pre WW2 and how we got into this war.

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    September ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, United States 10-02-12
    September ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Too long for me, but good info..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Winds of War the most enjoyable?

    For me it went on too long and too detailed....it was hard to grasp the story line....maybe it was me.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is VERY long and detailed. If you like historical fiction, then this is for you. I love history, but I want REAL history and this was just too much for me, because it was about a fictional family.

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    Will Columbia, SC, United States 09-30-12
    Will Columbia, SC, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Wouk has the touch"

    Herman Wouk is the master of WWII historical novels. He does a great job of combining history with the elements of a typical novel and the result is very satisfying. Granted, you have to set aside your critical mind a little when you look at where Pug Henry gets to go and who he gets to interact with, but as as way to carry the story both about the war and this family, it's a necessary concession and does not diminish the experience.

    This book is not as powerful or as personal as "The Caine Mutiny," but given the scope is expanded exponentially (from a single destroyer in the USS Caine to the entire world war), it's still an excellent book.

    Have just started the sequel, "War and Remembrance," and it simply picks up where "Winds of War" leaves off. Kevin Pariseau, who also reads "The Caine Mutiny" is well chosen for all of these books.

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    walt 09-26-12
    walt 09-26-12
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    "The orator is absolutely excellent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    kevin pariseau is amazing in how he has mastered all the different accents


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    more action


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Pariseau’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    first time


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

    impossible


    Any additional comments?

    great orator

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    09-20-12
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    "Wow a really great read."
    What made the experience of listening to The Winds of War the most enjoyable?

    I love the story line.


    What does Kevin Pariseau bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Makes me feel like I'm there!


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm now downloading War and Remembrence and can't wait to get in to it!

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    CBDC Washington, DC USA 09-12-12
    CBDC Washington, DC USA 09-12-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrator is outstanding"

    I've been devouring books on WWII - a lot of history (Shirer, Roberts), some like this one - quasi-fiction (Erik Larson). Both Wouk's book and Larson's provide perspective on why the United States took so long to enter the war, and the political & historical context for the decisions. This book is good - well-written and the narrator is outstanding. His ability to give characters different voices, to take the accents of different countries is exceptional. I know I read this good (OH SO MANY) years ago. I don't remember anything. But I will remember the audio version.

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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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