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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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    Douglas Falls Church, VA, United States 01-02-12
    Douglas Falls Church, VA, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "The Best 45 Hours I've Ever Spent!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Winds of War to be better than the print version?

    This audiobook is every bit as good as the print version, and a wonderful way to revisit this Great American Novel without reading it again. For those of us who have read the novel, many of us more than once, this is a great way to gain a new appreciation of this crucially important historical novel. If you work at a computer screen all day long and your eyes are tired at night (but your mind is not), this audiobook is a great way to spend your evenings.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Franklin D. Roosevelt is my favorite character. Herman Wouk has portrayed his


    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    Pariseau is an obvious admirer of Wouk's art and manages to convey a wide variety of characterizations with only minor inflections of his voice.


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

    Civilization on the Brink...


    Any additional comments?

    For those of you who love the novel, and love the miniseries, you will love the audiobook at least as much! This wonderful audiobook edition of

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    Gerald Rakos Wilton, CT United States 12-28-11
    Gerald Rakos Wilton, CT United States 12-28-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Powerful"

    Outstanding performance by Pariseau. He handles so many different accents with ease.
    Highly recommend it.

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    Jonathan and Mary Kennedy INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 12-26-11
    Jonathan and Mary Kennedy INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 12-26-11

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    "Horrible Reader makes Great story difficult"
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    Kevin Pariseau may be a capable reader, but not for this book or its sequel. His diction is too clipped and his pronunciation is horrible. Just when the listener is being brought into the power of the story, we are jarred out of it by Mr. Pariseau's reading. Instead of allowing us to get lost in the power of the book, we are, instead, reminded that this IS a novel we are listening to, whereas when we read it, we become drawn into the drama and feel for the characters.


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

    War and Remembrance: written by the same author, and it is the continuing adventures of The Henry and Jastrow families.


    What didn’t you like about Kevin Pariseau’s performance?

    His words were too clipped and his pronunciation was terrible.


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

    No. Way too long for that.


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    Margaret Dublin, CA, United States 12-21-11
    Margaret Dublin, CA, United States 12-21-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Fantastic book and audio book!"
    Where does The Winds of War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the tops, after >10 years of listening to audio books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pug Henry. Genuine character. Full of moral and emotional strength, not to mention very smart.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to count. Meeting Stalin at Kremlin banquet


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

    I am now watching the TV series, just bought War and Remembrance Audio book, just bought FDR biography. Avidly learning about WWII, all due to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is truly a great book, and a great audio book. The book itself, plot, characters, language, all ring true, while also keep you guessing. The dialogues are intelligent. The WWII strategic analysis is brilliant. The historical personalities are both amazing and down to earth at the same time. The audio reader is wonderful. It must be a hard job to read through close a 1000 pages, but the Mr. Pariseau does a great job giving each character his/her own voice. Looking forward to War and Remembrance!Winds of War and War and Remembrance will go on my recommended reading list for my children and grand children, although I am only in my 30's now.

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    Angelyn Lynn Haven, FL, United States 12-15-11
    Angelyn Lynn Haven, FL, United States 12-15-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Writing"

    This is one of the great epics about WWII. So masterfully does Wouk lay out the events that lead up to the Second World Ward, that you become absorbed in the history. This is a great listen with an excellent narrator.

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    Dorthea Brooks Boston, MA 12-03-11
    Dorthea Brooks Boston, MA 12-03-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Very interesting and entertaining read."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It's extremely well researched and intelligent. The story is entertaining but my main takeaway is that I learned an enormous amount about the lead up to WWII.


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    Tim Ozark, AL, United States 11-27-11
    Tim Ozark, AL, United States 11-27-11 Member Since 2014

    Happily married father of 4 with 3 of the meanest Grandchildren in the US :) I am a paving Forman for a large construction company Alabama.

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    "Outstanding"

    I usually find myself wondering from time to time when some of my books get a little strung along... It didn't happen once during the whole book... Highly recommend. One of my top 5

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    Bruce Macdougall 11-20-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book, terrible reader"

    The story is a great historical novel. I am 73 and it gave me an understanding of WW II which I appreciate. Things like explaining "Lend Lease" which I had heard but never understood. English must be the reader's second language. When reading regular dialog he pauses between every word, absolutely excruciating. If the story had not been so good I would have never finished the book. Of the more than 200 audio books I have listened to, this is the worst reading I have encountered.

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    caithriana 11-10-11
    caithriana 11-10-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Great but where is part 2 (War and Remembrance)?"

    I think Henry Kissinger was right to call this book "The war itself". The way Pariseau (the narrator) plays all the different characters, including the women and as well as men in the story, is amazing. Anyone who has seen the move and/or read the book should also listen to this.

    I'm just disappointed that Audible.com doesn't have the sequel to this (War and Remembrance). That's my only disappointment.

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    Linda B. San Francisco, Ca 11-09-11
    Linda B. San Francisco, Ca 11-09-11 Member Since 2015
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    "wonderful historical novel"

    I found this to be an entertaining and informative story about the politics of WWII. The narrator did a great job except for the women's voices which seemed overly affected and artificial.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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