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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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    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 12-01-11
    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 12-01-11 Member Since 2007
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    Both time and detail are required to develop depth of character in a book. Mr. Wouk took the time and provided the detail without falling into the depths of boredom often produced by those with less talent. I enjoyed investing my time, and I found the narrator most persuasive. Cheers, Ken

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    David Las Vegas, NV, United States 12-01-11
    David Las Vegas, NV, United States 12-01-11
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    "Amazing, outstanding, breathtaking and wonderful"

    First off, Kevin Pariseau completely rockets to the top of my all time favorite performances. George Guidell, even the mighty Frank Muller did not impress me to the level that Kevin does in this.

    The story is one of the most intertwined and complete that I have ever known. I have never read another book that brings so much detail to the reader. It's presented in a way that is not overwhelming, and that fact is almost amazing in itself. The amount of war detail is as staggering as a history text book, but encompasses the story of a fictional family, fictional German generals, and fictional presidential aids. The fictional portions of this book are beautiful and described in complete detail, and dovetail utterly perfectly with the known facts and non fiction that surround WW2.

    Still, after the amazing story, mind boggling ability of Wouk to weave a story so large, it can only be called an epic saga, and the impeccable WW2 history, I am still in awe over Kevin Pariseau's performance. It's amazing how he brings the characters to life. It's almost unfair to other narrators, because they have no chance to compare.

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    Lonko Yeadon, PA, United States 11-29-11
    Lonko Yeadon, PA, United States 11-29-11
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    I found this book an amazing portrayal of the war era. The storyline is perfect and the narrator even better. Two thumbs up.

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    Roger Zillah, WA, United States 11-23-11
    Roger Zillah, WA, United States 11-23-11 Member Since 2009
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    Only downside to this book is trying to find another one worth your time... I really enjoyed it

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    Laura Elizabeth, CO, United States 11-23-11
    Laura Elizabeth, CO, United States 11-23-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent narrator"

    Sweeping drama with multiple story lines that are very successfully woven together. Narrator makes each indiviual unique with great accents, both men and women. Can't wait to hear the sequel in another week!

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    Kindle Customer Hornell, NY, United States 11-22-11
    Kindle Customer Hornell, NY, United States 11-22-11 Listener Since 2009
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    ...with this "book" but as I listen on my Kindle overnight to help me go back to sleep (joys of old age) I missed alot so watched it on NETFLIX during the day...it is a book I'll listen to again during the day and as I forget things easily it will seem new. Especially enjoyed putting myself chronologically back in the days when I was expected and young and things were heating up overseas. WELL DONE all around!

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    Miguel A Smith 11-21-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Oustanding"

    Superb book and Kevin Pariseau's performance was beyond the pale. Really remarkable job on a VERY challenging book to perform.

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    Karen White Plains, NY, United States 11-20-11
    Karen White Plains, NY, United States 11-20-11
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    "Riveting"

    Not only is Herman Wouk's pre-WWII tale engaging and informative, Kevin Periseau's performance is delightful. I hope he will be tapped to do the sequel "War and Remembrance!"

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    marguerite ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States 11-09-11
    marguerite ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States 11-09-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Skip this even if free!"

    The narration of this long overly detailed slowed paced cronology of the war is absolutely dreadful and annoying. Beyond that, it goes on for days of listening. Dont buy this book to read or to listen to. It is awful.

    3 of 20 people found this review helpful
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