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War and Remembrance Audiobook

War and Remembrance

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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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    ArobertsRN 03-04-15
    ArobertsRN 03-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A let down after the build of of "Winds of War""

    After the build up of the prequel, "Winds of War," through such elaborate detail and description, the second half of "War and Remembrance" felt rushed almost as though Wouk was tired of writing. I did get a sense of war weariness that the country may have felt after several years leading up to and then the three years of war itself, and maybe this was Wouk's intention behind the way he wrote the second half of this book. However, the detail and well thought out out plot of his prequel and most of this book were in stark contrast to the 70 mile an hour blur of wrapping things up that was the ending. This is not a knock against the story overall, but I feel a bit of disappointment in how quickly the end came after so much time building up to it.

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    Coleman Cooper Calgary, AB. Canda 03-04-15
    Coleman Cooper Calgary, AB. Canda 03-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The doom of Men is that they forget"

    Between The Winds of War and War and Remembrance we have a Tolstoy in Leon Uris. The Audiobook version brings the sweeping narrative of the Henry family to life over a sweeping vision of the Second World War.

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    ciparliamo Long Island 03-03-15
    ciparliamo Long Island 03-03-15
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    "terrific!"

    a wonderful story....a wonderful author.....a wonderful narrator....do not hesitate to choose either this audible or THE WINDS OF WAR...

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    Nikki WAVERLY HALL, GA, USA 03-01-15
    Nikki WAVERLY HALL, GA, USA 03-01-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Long but worth the time."

    The German war dairy translations were a little tedious at times and dry which is why I have a lower rating. The narrator was amazing. The story was factual but also carried the reader along in the fictional lives of the characters. The book is relatively clean and without a lot of intimate scenes. All together one of the better war books I have read. It gives an account of not just one front of the war but all fronts and all players in that great time in history.

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    Rebekah 02-27-15
    Rebekah 02-27-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Gripping WWII story"

    This is the sequel to The World At War and continues the story of the Henry family through to the end of the war. We se all the major battles and historical figures through the eyes of this family. The history is accurate and the story brings the war to life. My only criticism is the amount of detail about war ships and sea battles. This part is a bit long.

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    Joseph 02-26-15
    Joseph 02-26-15
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    "One of the most profound books ever written."

    Both "Wings of War" and "War and Remembrance" will stand in the history of world's literature as the finest examples of the art of writing. Herman Wouk masterfully weaves the polyphonic story of the world during WWII through a triage of journeys of families members belonging to two very different clans. The Henries led by the Navy Admiral Viktor Henry and the Jastraws - the tragic but inspiring journey of the Jewish scholar Aaron Jastraw, his niece Natalie and of the millions of Jews who were subjected to the most calculated, elaborate and unprecedented plan of total extermination in front of the rest of the rest of the world. This is a transformative book and I envy those readers who are yet to discover it. The narrator is also absolutely outstanding. I can't wait to read other books by this amazing author and to enjoy one of the be the best readers I ever heard. Thank you Audible for bringing this Masterpiece to us. Anastasia Vanderbeck

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    PAUL surprise, az, United States 02-22-15
    PAUL surprise, az, United States 02-22-15 Member Since 2011

    my ipod and audible make the daily 10 mile walks a "breeze"....

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    "Super follow up to Winds of War!!"

    just a great culmination to one of the greatest wars ever fought. i walk a lot...(5-10 miles a day)...and listening to this book just made the miles fly by...if you are too young to remember much about the war...buy...listen...remember...you won't regret it.

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    Laura Encinitas, CA, United States 02-15-15
    Laura Encinitas, CA, United States 02-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Perfect Narration for a wonderful story"
    What made the experience of listening to War and Remembrance the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is magnificent!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is the second time I've read this book and it's companion, "the Winds of War". Both books tell a gripping story about the world at war.


    Any additional comments?

    I really can't say enough about the narration. Mr. Pariseau is simply perfect.

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    Ryan Nepean, Ontario, Canada 12-06-14
    Ryan Nepean, Ontario, Canada 12-06-14 Member Since 2013

    University administrator. Commuter cyclist. Dad, husband. Loves books of course. Aspiring Jedi Knight and Warder.

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    "Tremendous in every way!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of War and Remembrance to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the book, but what I can say is that the narrator was superb. As many others have indicated, his accents, the way he did female voices and overall pacing is the simply best I've heard.


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

    That's tough. I've only read a few stories that are as epic as this one. While it's a different genre, I guess Lord of Rings might qualify due to is expansiveness, its rich character development, the writing (his use of English language is first class) and for its sheer ambition. Whether you're a history buff or have any interest in WW II this book really must be listened to. It is compelling in every way and I came out having learned more about this period of history than all my readings and learning combined. In everyway it's something special.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Pariseau – was your favorite?

    He was a perfect match for the book. He nailed all the accents. He did a great job across the board and unlike many narrators, he can portray female voices very well. But if I had to pick, he really hit a home run with the German SS officers, particularly when they were enraged. Gripping really.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don't think you can listen to this book and not have a strong reaction to the Jews and how they were treated. Wouk does an incredible job of describing all of the sad and very maddening details. Like the allied populations, even now it seems unbelievable that a modern country could collectively enact this despicable program. It explains and informs many of today's world events. Very sad and terribly frustrating stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    I stumbled across this book. I'd never heard of it and hadn't heard of the author. Perhaps it's because I'm Gen X'er. I'm not an expert, but I feel this book deserves to discussed and talked about by my generation, those younger than me. It's a compelling and approachable story that touches on some truisms and realties that should never be forgotten. I guess its length would be part of the problem, but that aside, it really something more of us should be reading.

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    Robert J. Roemer South Park, Pa. United States 11-28-14
    Robert J. Roemer South Park, Pa. United States 11-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "GREAT STRY, GOOD PERFORMANCE"
    What made the experience of listening to War and Remembrance the most enjoyable?

    The story is compelling and complex, the characters sympathetic.


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

    The Winds of War


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

    Nothing in particular: he is a competent reader who doesn't get in the way of Wok's story too often.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    None

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