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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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    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 06-03-12
    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 06-03-12 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Alison essex jct, VT, United States 05-21-12
    Alison essex jct, VT, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Really engaging"

    I've started to read the paper version of this book many times to no avail as it is hard to find the time to sit down and read. Listening to this novel during stolen minutes throughout the days was great. Very interesting and historically accurate. The perfect mix of fiction and history.

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    Beth 05-20-12
    Beth 05-20-12
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    "Narration Not Great"

    I did not enjoy the narration on this novel at all. I found that Mr. Pariseau used such unpleasant voices to depict the character that his affects distracted from the story. I had to take a break from listening and have not felt compelled to return. I may just buy the book as the story was well developed and compelling.

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    David 05-03-12
    David 05-03-12
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    "Nothing short of great!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Winds of War to be better than the print version?

    I prefer the printed version, as I do for all books. However, If you're not in a position to read but can listen this book is fantastic.


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    Truly 04-27-12
    Truly 04-27-12
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    "Excellent!"
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    This book was stunning. It follows a family through the confusing start of war and takes the reader to many areas of the globe. The story line was intriguing and the characters engaging. As soon as I finished it, I started War and Remembrance. Kevin Pariseau does a superbe job of narration. He crafts the vocals for each character so well that the listener knows exactly which characters are speaking. Through the story and the vocal treatment, the story really comes to life!

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    Donna H. Barnes BRENTWOOD, CA, United States 04-23-12
    Donna H. Barnes BRENTWOOD, CA, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2012

    Telecommuter living outside of San Francisco, CA. I listen to books while walking my dog, quilting, and doing chores around the house.

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    "Fabulous"

    I love historical fiction and this if one of the best ever written. Great story and narration! I read Winds of War and War and Rememberance back to back. Wish there was a part 3! Enjoyed ever minute of both books.

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    Kathy Sale, Australia 04-22-12
    Kathy Sale, Australia 04-22-12

    i love reading historical novels, and family sagas. I'm a nurse manager, and a marriage celebrant and adore my family!!!

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    "Wonderful!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this book and the following book War and Remembrance (i mixed up the titles in my review on War and Remembrance)I loved the historical side of the books and became very involved with the characters. I lived and breathed nothing else for weeks as i listened to them both.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pug!! Understated, earthy, old fashioned and loveable.


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

    Pug .... I loved his voice


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for a great many hours of enjoyment, long to be remembered!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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