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War and Remembrance | [Herman Wouk]

War and Remembrance

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here 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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Publisher's Summary

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here 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.

These multimillion-copy best sellers are stirringly read by Kevin Pariseau for their first appearance in downloadable audio.

Also listen to The Winds of War.

©1978 Herman Wouk (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Brilliant…. An outstanding novel and at the same time a great work of history…. Wouk has more than recaptured the period; he has given it life." (Henry Kissinger)

"Those who lived through World War II can most fully appreciate the resonances in this uncommonly readable book. But it is clearly meant – and recommended – for those who did not." (Time)

"Moving, thrilling fiction…. Wouk is a magnificent storyteller." (Boston Globe)

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    Mark Andrew Stone 02-19-13

    Rockbreaker

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    "A Very Good Sequel"
    What made the experience of listening to War and Remembrance the most enjoyable?

    Finishing the story started in the Winds of War.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of War and Remembrance?

    Hearing in the epilogue how committed Wouk was to actual historical fact.


    What does Kevin Pariseau bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything! He is the reason that a good story is made into a very good audio book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Wouk's recounting of the death of Aaron Jastro at Auschwitz.


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    Robert Happy Camp, CA, United States 02-17-13
    Robert Happy Camp, CA, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "mesmerizing"

    If you want to know about WWII....read (listen) Rise and Fall of the Third Reich first for a great factual background.....have a good map on hand. Then, read Herman Wouk's Winds of War which is the first book of this 2-book series. Then listen to this one. Herman Wouk is brilliant in his depiction of human nature at it's best, and it's worst.
    His characters bring it all to life and will have you laughing and sobbing and will leave you with a new sense of it all.

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    Daniel Hickory Creek, TX United States 02-15-13
    Daniel Hickory Creek, TX United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than I remembered"

    When I was a kid (I turn 65 this year) there was a TV mini-series on this book. I can't remember who starred in it, but I remember that it was very well done, and my whole family watched it spell-bound for several weeks as each episode was broadcast.

    It must have followed the book very closely, as I remembered Rhoda, and Byron and Pam and of course, Pug who was the main protagonist, as well as the desperate plight of the Jews in Poland, and then Italy, as Natalie and her uncle got out by the skin of their teeth on a frieghter bound for Palistine. Then there was the President, Roosevelt, and Hitler and all the Germans; the Nazi Germans and their infamous politics and propaganda. It was fascinating to listen as the Henry family was blown all over the world by the "winds of war".

    This story is epic, it's personal, it's tragic, it's touching, heroic, romantic, historic, dramatic, and quite fascinating to listen as the war starts up slowly, ever so slowly with the public opinion of the U.S. dead set against any involvement until the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor. Then the U.S. finally actually enters the war against Japan and Germany both.

    Get it. Listen to it. You won't regret it. 5 stars all the way.

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    Marie Alexandia, VA, United States 02-15-13
    Marie Alexandia, VA, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2011

    I don't mind getting stuck in traffic...as long as I have an audio book playing.

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    "Fantastic Story"
    Would you listen to War and Remembrance again? Why?

    Probably not. I never really listen to any book twice. I am always looking forward to my next read.


    What other book might you compare War and Remembrance to and why?

    Winds of War of course


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Pariseau’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes...he is very good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Why would I want to change the title?


    Any additional comments?

    I am sure this book in paperback would be over 1000 page read and it is worth it. I enjoy my commute every day and I am almost sorry when I reach my destination…I am so caught in the saga. I first listened to Winds of War and I was hooked. I recommend listening to Winds of War first. Books are not written like this anymore. So thorough, so detailed, full of heroism, suffering, perseverance, faithfulness, unfaithfulness, cruelty and heroism etc. I love it!

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    Amazon Customer 02-05-13 Member Since 2012

    Goofy Grandma

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    "Epic Story, Brilliant Performance"

    I read this story and its prequel many years ago, and was so impressed then. It should be a classic. Kevin Pariseau's narration is stunning. He truly PERFORMS the story. So many different voices; his various accents are believable. He even sings, and very well too. He brings both books alive. I have listened to both books twice, and I am still awed.

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    Ailsa Craigie Piriapolis, Uruguay 02-05-13
    Ailsa Craigie Piriapolis, Uruguay 02-05-13 Member Since 2012

    Lost for English Words

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    "Wonderfully enlightening read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of War and Remembrance to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because I would have had trouble reading such a long book. I tend to be overcome with sleep after reading for a while. This book is only my second book in Audible format. I have been pleasantly surprised to find that the Audible format, in this case coupled with Mr. Pariseau's engaging voice and expert reading, kept my interest up at all times and I did not feel sleepy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical background, enhanced by frequent changes of pace and setting and the variety of the characters. I had barely finished listening to Winds of War (introductory gift that came with my new Kindle Fire HD) when I bought War and Remembrance. I just HAD to know what happened next!


    What does Kevin Pariseau bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brought to life --well, almost-- all the different characters and allowed me to visualize them as real and distinct human beings, each one complete and unforgettable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Had I had the time and the physical stamina, I would have done it with pleasure! As it was, I could hardly wait to get back to the book. It was almost a compulsion.


    Any additional comments?

    I learned so much with this book! A novel that teaches in addition to keeping the reader entertained is a double treasure.

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    Becca 02-01-13
    Becca 02-01-13
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    "A must read after The Winds of War"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    It is gripping, entertaining and educational!


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    The scenes of the main fictional character interacting with important historical figures were fascinating and so believable. I am much more knowledgeable about WWII now!


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    He wove a compelling story of an American family with Jewish ties using historically accurate events and people during the WWII era.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing, it was excellent. He was able to portray all characters differently and well. Some male narrators can't seem to convincingly emote women's voices, this one can.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I wish there was a third book! I miss the characters and would like to read more about them.

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    Roz ZEPHYRHILLS, FL, United States 01-30-13
    Roz ZEPHYRHILLS, FL, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Still listening to War and Remembrance"
    Would you listen to War and Remembrance again? Why?

    We started listening to this book a couple of weeks ago and became totally enthralled with it. We went back and downloaded the first series "Winds of War", which is the prequel to this one, from Netflix. It was a great idea to see the first one because it brought the characters to life for us so we could get a visual of them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love novels that follow families lives. Also found this to be so accurate in depicting WWII.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Pariseau’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    We haven't listened to any of Kevin Pariseau's other performances...he's a great narrator.


    Who was the most memorable character of War and Remembrance and why?

    Obviously it's Pug Henry. The character is completely believable.


    Any additional comments?

    It's going to be a long listen, one that we will enjoy over the next couple of months.

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    Walter C. Prentice 01-22-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Great follow up to Winds of War"

    Winds of War & War and Remeberance are really one huge story in two volumes. Wouk tells the story of WWII through the eyes of a navy family. He also makes use of the device of a counter view of the war through the eyes of a German Genral Staff officer writing from prison after the war, which book is edited and translated by Victor Henry the head of the family at the center of the book.

    This is a great well told story with a solid basis in history. While one could argue about the areas of empisis its still a great listen.

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    Amazon Customer 01-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent from start to finish."

    I loved the characters and the character development in this book. The nuanced narration and interweaving of the history of WWII into the story made it exceptionally interesting.

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