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)
This audiobook is every bit as good as the print version, and a wonderful way to revisit this Great American Novel without reading it again. For those of us who have read the novel, many of us more than once, this is a great way to gain a new appreciation of this crucially important historical novel. If you work at a computer screen all day long and your eyes are tired at night (but your mind is not), this audiobook is a great way to spend your evenings.
Franklin D. Roosevelt is my favorite character. Herman Wouk has portrayed his
Pariseau is an obvious admirer of Wouk's art and manages to convey a wide variety of characterizations with only minor inflections of his voice.
Civilization on the Brink...
For those of you who love the novel, and love the miniseries, you will love the audiobook at least as much! This wonderful audiobook edition of
Outstanding performance by Pariseau. He handles so many different accents with ease.
Highly recommend it.
Kevin Pariseau may be a capable reader, but not for this book or its sequel. His diction is too clipped and his pronunciation is horrible. Just when the listener is being brought into the power of the story, we are jarred out of it by Mr. Pariseau's reading. Instead of allowing us to get lost in the power of the book, we are, instead, reminded that this IS a novel we are listening to, whereas when we read it, we become drawn into the drama and feel for the characters.
War and Remembrance: written by the same author, and it is the continuing adventures of The Henry and Jastrow families.
His words were too clipped and his pronunciation was terrible.
No. Way too long for that.
One of the tops, after >10 years of listening to audio books.
Pug Henry. Genuine character. Full of moral and emotional strength, not to mention very smart.
Too many to count. Meeting Stalin at Kremlin banquet
I am now watching the TV series, just bought War and Remembrance Audio book, just bought FDR biography. Avidly learning about WWII, all due to this book.
This is truly a great book, and a great audio book. The book itself, plot, characters, language, all ring true, while also keep you guessing. The dialogues are intelligent. The WWII strategic analysis is brilliant. The historical personalities are both amazing and down to earth at the same time. The audio reader is wonderful. It must be a hard job to read through close a 1000 pages, but the Mr. Pariseau does a great job giving each character his/her own voice. Looking forward to War and Remembrance!Winds of War and War and Remembrance will go on my recommended reading list for my children and grand children, although I am only in my 30's now.
This is one of the great epics about WWII. So masterfully does Wouk lay out the events that lead up to the Second World Ward, that you become absorbed in the history. This is a great listen with an excellent narrator.
Absolutely. It's extremely well researched and intelligent. The story is entertaining but my main takeaway is that I learned an enormous amount about the lead up to WWII.
Happily married father of 4 with 3 of the meanest Grandchildren in the US :) I am a paving Forman for a large construction company Alabama.
I usually find myself wondering from time to time when some of my books get a little strung along... It didn't happen once during the whole book... Highly recommend. One of my top 5
The story is a great historical novel. I am 73 and it gave me an understanding of WW II which I appreciate. Things like explaining "Lend Lease" which I had heard but never understood. English must be the reader's second language. When reading regular dialog he pauses between every word, absolutely excruciating. If the story had not been so good I would have never finished the book. Of the more than 200 audio books I have listened to, this is the worst reading I have encountered.
I think Henry Kissinger was right to call this book "The war itself". The way Pariseau (the narrator) plays all the different characters, including the women and as well as men in the story, is amazing. Anyone who has seen the move and/or read the book should also listen to this.
I'm just disappointed that Audible.com doesn't have the sequel to this (War and Remembrance). That's my only disappointment.
I found this to be an entertaining and informative story about the politics of WWII. The narrator did a great job except for the women's voices which seemed overly affected and artificial.
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