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.
"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)
Well told story about events, personalities and issues all woven together into a credible and engaging plotline.
The story is what it is - a fictionalized historical account of some of the main points of World War 2. Personally, I love both books and think this is a must read for everyone.
That being said, I think the high point of this particular work is Kevin Pariseau's performance - bar none, best reading I've ever heard.
Nothing Interesting Here - Garden Variety People - Doing Garden Variety Things
Awesome book - Amazing when combined with the Winds of War - The description of Terezin and the Holocaust had me in tears - Well Thought Out – Well Done
I love sailing, Apple Inc., good books, good music and fine films
Not Really , I am amazed that the author can get away by uses dialog from the first book Wind of War, recycled some added material but basically a rip-off
Under the Dome by Stephan King
Captain Pugh Henry
If you have read Winds of War give it a pass
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
Its all been said. If the War is your thing, if the Holocaust a sin of humanity you don't want to forget and historical references are important in grounding your perceptions, this will do you proud. A real pleasure that was well and truly enriched by Pariseau's treatment. Now the following in no way reflects upon the read or the book but please, if you are dealing in things and places around the globe, the director needs to get the pronunciation right, it is not up to the voice actor to know everything about the places he or she is being asked to read about.
This is one of the best epic books/series, I've ever listened to. The narration was great.
Hearing the characters come to life made this story compelling and addictive.
I loved learning the history of World War II in details that were unfamiliar to me. This book made me realize that the war was about so much more than I thought it was. Having not lived in that time it helped me to understand the people who did experience the war even better.
Kevin Pariseau did a fantastic job bringing these characters to life. I marvel at his ability to keep all the voices and inflections of the characters strait.
I would take Natalie Jastro, her story needs to be told now and forever.
Finishing the story started in the Winds of War.
Hearing in the epilogue how committed Wouk was to actual historical fact.
Everything! He is the reason that a good story is made into a very good audio book.
Wouk's recounting of the death of Aaron Jastro at Auschwitz.
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.
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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