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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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    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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    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!

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    Library Volunteer Oklahoma City, OK United States 04-16-12
    Library Volunteer Oklahoma City, OK United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2008

    A Book and a Cat: Nothing more

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    "Almost causes me to wish I had been there"

    In the past month, I have waded through both Winds of War and War and Remembrance. I suppose preferences for narrators are highly personal, but I cannot understand any of the objections to Kevin Pariseau. I found his work delightful, with particular regard for the voice he assigns Pug Henry. With dozens of voices in an epic of this magnitude, Pariseau makes each character recognizably new.

    The quality of Wouk's fiction is unimpeachable. Within the genre of historical fiction, this work commands both respect and engagement of the reader. Naturally, having one character appear in so many different parts of the world in such formative events politically and militarily stretches the imagination a bit, but this is the nature of fiction. Wouk makes this nearly credible while drawing in the dominant historical figures of the era.

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    Charmaine JOHANNESBURG, South Africa 04-09-12
    Charmaine JOHANNESBURG, South Africa 04-09-12 Member Since 2015

    I have a DLitt and Phil Degree which must imply a level of discernment? I just clocked over at 60. The significance is that I have read a whole lot of books. I'm now revisiting some of my all time favourites - and enjoying some first time round books. Books are my friends. Audible is JUST AMAZING - takes me back to pre -TV days, with my ear pressed to a crackly transistor radio - but now SO MUCH better and more 'classy' from a Kindle!

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    "AN EPIC WITH SUPERB CHARACTERISATION"

    For me - I loved the characterisation - the Henry family and the impact of events on them and their lives. Pity about the war. I found the war parts - especially when chapters seemed to be devoted exclusively to strategy and war plans rather text booky and tedious. 45 hours of listening.....still don't know how I got through it all....Must say that my attention wavered in the war war....

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    Bryan Burra, Australia 04-02-12
    Bryan Burra, Australia 04-02-12
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    "Up there with the best"

    One of the best books I've listened to. Great story writing and one of the best narrations I've heard.

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