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.
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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)
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
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.
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!
...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!
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!"
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.
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