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 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.
I have recommended it, but most think it is too long, and would be too slow.
Escaping from Warsaw after the German invasion.
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.
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.
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."
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