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The Winds of War Audiobook
The Winds of War
Written by: 
Herman Wouk
Narrated by: 
Kevin Pariseau
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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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    S. Gilford Sonoma County, CA USA 06-27-12
    S. Gilford Sonoma County, CA USA 06-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "An extrodinary pairing of author and narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is hard to fathom the amount of research that went into this book. I have a moderate professional's knowledge of the period and was struck over and over by the way Wouk wove real events and real people into a wonderful story that managed to give insight into a period and some fascinating people. The narration was better than I had thought possible. Actually, narration s not the word for this - it was an outstanding theatrical performance. I became so used to the vocal characterizations that I accepted that it was the character speaking. Age, ethnicity, personal style, all were captured in the voices used by the narrator.I had read this book thirty years ago and had liked it but listening to it was a far more engrossing experience.

    If I were asked to say what are my favorite three books of the hundred or so I have listened to, I would include this and the sequel, Winds of War. Everything I have said about this book I could say about Winds of War also.


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    Russel Stromberg 06-22-12 Member Since 2007
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    "One of the Best Historical Novels Ever"
    If you could sum up The Winds of War in three words, what would they be?

    Second time around for me for this book. Great novel, great story, historically accurate in my mind. In the past year I have finished Churchiill memoirs on WWII and just finished the Rise and Fall of the Third Riech prior to starting Winds of War. Wouk is amazing in the way that he weaves his story telling ability with his knowledge of the the US Navy and the events leading up to WWII. As a WWII veteran who was a teenager as Hitler came to power, he does a great job of capturing the attitudes and perspectives of the times.


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    Janet Boynton Beach, FL, United States 06-19-12
    Janet Boynton Beach, FL, United States 06-19-12
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    "Long road trip?"
    Any additional comments?

    45 hrs makes this the ideal book for long road trips, you will definitely find yourself identifying with one of the characters, it is hard not too.

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    SusieB Chadstone, Australia 06-16-12
    SusieB Chadstone, Australia 06-16-12
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    "Fantastic WWII historical story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely it's just wonderful. I am catching up with all my favourite books and finding new ones.
    It makes the books three dimensional


    What could Herman Wouk have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing....it's just brilliant


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

    He makes the characters believable. People you wanted to learn about and even meet.


    Any additional comments?

    I have learnt so much about this period fom so many different perspectives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 06-15-12
    Sandra 06-15-12 Member Since 2012

    I was educated into oblivion but have overcome and am having a wonderful life

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    "A Story and Characters I Care About"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. You learn WW2 history through the eyes of Victor Henry, a fine man of good character. Also great insight into the German General's (Ruhn) perspective. You care about the character's lives and are drawn to care deeply about what happened in WW2


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

    Natalie finally boiling over at her uncle's selfishness--yet, without hatred she continues to care for him and respect him.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Pariseau – was your favorite?

    Pug Henry was a fine man who I'd respect and would like to know. Natalie, because she was a caring person surrounded by egomaniacs -- and even though she sometimes seemed that she could irretrievably become one of them herself, you see her turning into a very fine sensitive young woman as the book comes to a close.


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

    It was so engrossing that I hoped that after getting through it I'd find a reason to put the whole thing aside and not read the next book "War and Remembrance"... alas, I care too much about Pug and Natalie... and maybe Warren and Madelyn.... to not plow into the next book. Thankfully, I know who won the war.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to learning about the US's war years in WW2 through the next book War and Remembrance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 06-10-12
    Richard 06-10-12
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    "Excellent Story and Performance"
    Any additional comments?

    I had seen a part of the miniseries quite a few years (decades?) ago and found it interesting but never thought about reading the book. A few weeks ago, I noticed the book here and thought I would give it a try and I'm glad I did. The story was highly entertaining, the characters interesting, and the performance was excellent. I bought the follow on book "War and Rememberance" shortly after starting this book. If you love a great story with characters you care about, buy this book.

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    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 06-03-12
    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 06-03-12 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Superb"
    Would you listen to The Winds of War again? Why?

    If is there a way to give this book more than 5 stars, I would give it. It is not only good, but entertaining, also I learned a lot about World War II history. The author is great; however the best of all was the reader. He is an artist. He made the book alive. I just love it.


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

    The sequel War and Remembrance. I do not remember another book.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Pariseau – was your favorite?

    Henry the father


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

    Of course Henry the father. He is such an old fashion, gentleman guy. I love him since the very beginning.


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Joe United States 05-29-12
    Joe United States 05-29-12
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    "Interesting perspective."
    What made the experience of listening to The Winds of War the most enjoyable?

    This book had a lot going on and at times would carry on and loose me in the story line that did not seem to fit into what was going on. A little to much drama at times.


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

    I think the Destiny of the Republic would compare for me. Both books deal with war, and how people handled the decisions about dealing with war.


    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    Kevin did a good job, he helped me through the boring parts with his easy to listen voice.


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

    Roosevelt, this book grew several questions I would like to ask him.


    Any additional comments?

    Good read

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    will woodstock, GA, United States 05-25-12
    will woodstock, GA, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2011

    I love a good story and being able to broaden my literary horizons especially while I do my day to day mundane functions.

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    "Amazing"

    I actually just finished reading this novel when I saw that it was available on audible and I just had to listen to it. This is a grand story and it will fill your head with so much early World War II history that you will find yourself in awe of the authors ability to weave a complex story amongst all of the real life history.

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    Kathryn S. Daugherty Duluth, MN United States 05-21-12
    Kathryn S. Daugherty Duluth, MN United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Palatable history and great insights"

    I'm not a WWII history buff so I was afraid this book would disappoint. On the contrary, it taught me much history and I didn't even realize it. Love the way it looks into the motivations of the people of Europe, Japan, the US, and the Soviet Union. It's not just a chronicle of battles.

    Of course, the story is also very good and the characters well developed.

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  • Rachel
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    11/22/12
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    "Winds of War"

    An absolutely amazing book! This is meticulously researched historically and a must read for anyone. I was never interested in the history and facts of WW II even though five uncles served. My father served as a Captain in the Medical Corps in the Pacific. I wish he was still alive. I have so many questions I wish I could ask. I guarantee even if you don't like "war stories" this book will have you hanging on every word. Thanks Audible!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Worcester, United Kingdom
    11/11/12
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    "Incredible!!!!"

    I have loved every minute over this incredibly long book!! My ipod earphones have been glued into my ears for days...I now fear there may be permanent damage. Despite that fact this book is over 45 hours long, it still rockets along nicely.

    My one tiny issue is the narrator's attempt at some English accents, but hey, my New York accent is appalling!!!

    I would strongly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in WW2 novels.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • sharon
    Falmouth, United Kingdom
    7/15/13
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    "Absolutely Wonderful.."

    Compelling.. there is so much in this book to digest that it will have to be reread, it will be no hardship. I thought I was pretty knowledgeable on the WWII but I was wrong, and it was so refreshing to see it from different POV's, it only takes you up to Pearl Harbour so looking forward to the next one in series... recommended.. the type of novel that does not get old or out of date, wonderful wish I had read it years ago.. I know it will stay with me in many years to come.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Irene
    London, United Kingdom
    5/5/13
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    "I can listen this book again & again"

    Magnificently read by Kevin Pariseau, this history of the second world war as seen by Americans through the lives of an American family and their English friends was a great experience. The characters came alive and you feel their hopes, loses, happiness and sorrows.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • James
    United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "A view from a different angle."

    A history af the run up to and the beginning of the second world war from the American viewpoint. up to thethe forced entry of the USA Into the conflict. Telling of the crucial mistakes of the leaders that contributed to the outcome.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. J. L. Reed
    12/23/12
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    "An epic story of love and war"

    I remember reading this book many years ago and was delighted to see it appear here as an audio book. I was concerned that my memories of Victor 'Pug' Henry and his family would not be as I remembered but I was not disapointed. Beautifully told and a joy to listen to. I would recommend this to both people with a love a huge sweeping stories and anyone interested in our recent history,

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/7/14
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    "Well researched, but not well written"

    I am in two minds about this book. The research and detail were brilliant, but the writing style is stilted. Conversations don't sound like real people. Almost all of the characters come across as synthetic. Having said that, I did enjoy listening to it. Maybe a better narrator would have helped.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lynne
    New Quay, United Kingdom
    12/23/13
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    "Reader only so-so but story surmounts it"

    This is a bargain listen, worth every minute. It's a fascinating story. For me the reader is only so-so. His voices are not very individual so if your attention wanders you can lost track of who is speaking. And his accents are not very good - Englishmen saying "Toodur" and so forth. But the tale overcomes these irritations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • StuartS
    4/20/16
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    "Great narration"

    This is a wonderful book which I have read many times. Kevin Pariseau's narration is outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dot
    9/20/15
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    "Great book"

    A must listen didn't want to stop listening to it.
    2nd book is a must too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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