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The Winds of War | [Herman Wouk]

The Winds of War

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II 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.
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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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    Jancie Celebration, FL, United States 02-27-12
    Jancie Celebration, FL, United States 02-27-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Enthralling and historic!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Winds of War to be better than the print version?

    I actually do consider the audio version to be better. The narrator did a wonderful job with the voices. I read this book twice as I loved it so much, but listening brought it to life in a different way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history woven through the fabric of the characters lives.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't say, as there are too many to chose from.


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

    An epic family drama and romance set in the years leading to the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite books of all time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Para Hills, Australia 02-26-12
    Donna Para Hills, Australia 02-26-12

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    "frustrating"
    Would you try another book from Herman Wouk and/or Kevin Pariseau?

    I'd consider one from Wouk, but it's hard to get into the story and decide whether or not it is actually good with the way it's narrated.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I'm only part way through the story, and it is interesting, but it's hard not to be put off by the way it's narrated.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It sounded like he was out of breath or nervous and not fluent with reading aloud at all. I have found it very frustrating to listen to, all the more because it's such a long story. It's very laboured, although has some good moments, but they are short.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't actually recommend getting this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Muriel Stellenbosch, South Africa 02-24-12
    Muriel Stellenbosch, South Africa 02-24-12
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    "A new percpective on impeding doom"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Winds of War to be better than the print version?

    Yes


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

    There is no true villian, except naturally Hitler.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The second meeting with Hitler about US involvement.


    If you could take any character from The Winds of War out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Pug Henry


    Any additional comments?

    The book is very long but the narrator succeeded in keeping my interest for 45hours. Quite a feat considering I dislike war stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marc SOUTHINGTON, CT, United States 02-22-12
    Marc SOUTHINGTON, CT, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2002
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    "More detail than the movie"

    I have seen The Winds Of War as a movie several times and found that there was much more detail in the book. I have listened to other books after I viewed the movie and found that a lot of the story isn't covered and the book can be a richer experience.
    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in war stories because it is based somewhat on the true history of World War 2, once I started this book I couldn't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane 02-21-12
    Diane 02-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I am enjoying it."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended it, but most think it is too long, and would be too slow.


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

    Escaping from Warsaw after the German invasion.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennie Kissimmee, FL, United States 02-16-12
    Jennie Kissimmee, FL, United States 02-16-12
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    "Should have listened to the preview!"

    I love long books especially historical fiction so I couldn't wait to start this book. After the first 30 minutes, I had to switch it off. Please believe me, this is not something I do easily as I hate to waste money. However it was so utterly boring and difficult to follow that I just could not continue! I had trouble following the storyline and connecting with the characters. Had I known, I would not have wasted my credit. Who knows - I may go back to this one again and give it another try - it's unlikely though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    annhere Abbotsford, B.C., Canada 02-16-12
    annhere Abbotsford, B.C., Canada 02-16-12 Member Since 2015

    Ann.

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    "BEHIND THE SCENE CLOSEUP"

    Through the eyes of a naval family we are taken to Berlin, London, the Kremlin and the White House where we get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes in world dramas. One family member marries a Jew hence we also get a thorough look at the attempted genocide of the Jewish citizens who come under the sway of the Nazis. The author also attempts to show us a history of World War II from the point of view of a German historian.

    The Narrator's stulted rendition takes a bit of getting used to but the story is so riveting this can be forgiven.

    A great story and a wonderful way to absorb history! I didn't want the book to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dontkickthebaby Tokyo 02-11-12
    dontkickthebaby Tokyo 02-11-12 Member Since 2014
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    "This is the new gold standard"

    I regret all my previous five-star ratings and reviews. Nothing is as good as "The Winds of War." Except perhaps, for its sequel, "War and Remembrance." The plot lines are intricate. The characters are conflicted; right and wrong are constantly pulling at them. The backdrop is World War II. Author Herman Wouk puts everything together and the end result is literature's greatest historical novel(s).

    But the greatness does not end with the writing; it does not end with the story itself. Narrator Kevin Pariseau also brings his art to new heights. Not only does he give each and every character a distinct voice, he gives those voices depth of emotion and maturity as the story unfolds. His women's voices actually sound like women speaking. And when the novel calls for singing, he breaks into perfect song. A tour de force of voice acting.

    You cannot go wrong with "Winds of War" and "War and Remembrance."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gerry United States 02-03-12
    Gerry United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Read it now I have heard it"
    Would you listen to The Winds of War again? Why?

    Written before the fall of the Soviet Union it interesting to hear some of that old ideology about communism and the Soviet Block states. For those of you under the age of 55 it an interesting introspective of how your parent viewed the world. Remember also that a flood of historical documents have been released from both the Soviet Union and the USA which strengthen arguments for WWII, or at least clarify the reasons.


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    Dillina 02-02-12
    Dillina 02-02-12
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    "Narrator Loses the Battle of this War"
    Would you try another book from Herman Wouk and/or Kevin Pariseau?

    I willl never listen to another book by Kevin Pariseau. This was so awful, I wish I would not have wasted the credits. Quite a disappointment because I had waited for years for this book and the sequel from Audible. John Lee or George Guidall should be the narrator. I will not be purchasing the sequel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I read both books years ago and watched the mini-series. I liked the history.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration runs together. Cannot tell when a description ends and the


    What character would you cut from The Winds of War?

    none


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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