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.
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"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)
I enjoyed listening to this book - both the story and the narrator are great! The story takes you through WWII events in a personal way and it was interesting to see how people in different parts of the world experienced the war and how their attitudes toward Hitler and the war evolved based on their involvement or lack thereof in the war. I thought that including sections from "World Empire Lost" was great -- it was quite interesting to see how a German military officer viewed Hitler, the war and the actions of other involved nations. This book also gives you a sense of the difficulty that military families face from separation from loved ones and uncertainty.
Both books in this series had me not wanting to stop listening... I drive for 13 odd hours at a time in WA in what we call a roadtrain, and even after 13 hours I was wanting to keep on listening... need i say more... Herman Wouk grabs the history of the time and wraps it up in a gripping character study of different people both historically famous and fictional..
I really enjoyed this listen - great performance by the narrator and a great yarn. It travels all across the globe, is filled with characters I cared about and told a story I became wrapped up in. One warning - you have to adapt yourself to the mind frame of 1939-1941, especially where women are concerned. Particularly hard to swallow is Rhoda, the main character's wife and mother of the other main characters. She is shallow, vain and does nothing but complain about how bored she is. It is the men who have all the fun here, and the women who wait in the wings for them. One other piece of advice - if you are familiar with the major players and acts of WWII, you can skip the "book within the book" chapters called "World Empire Lost." I just got vaguely annoyed with them because I was always anxious to get back to the story of the characters.
I'd read the book and seen the movie. The audio book was better than both. Fantastic reader makes the characters come alive. Also does well on the prose about history.
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.
The history woven through the fabric of the characters lives.
I can't say, as there are too many to chose from.
An epic family drama and romance set in the years leading to the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor.
One of my favorite books of all time!
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.
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.
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.
I wouldn't actually recommend getting this.
There is no true villian, except naturally Hitler.
The second meeting with Hitler about US involvement.
The book is very long but the narrator succeeded in keeping my interest for 45hours. Quite a feat considering I dislike war stories.
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.
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