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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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    Barbara Bergmann Claremont, CA 07-25-14
    Barbara Bergmann Claremont, CA 07-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesomely ambitious, enormously successful!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of War and Remembrance to be better than the print version?

    Apples and oranges. I read both volumes of this work some years ago and was so impressed that I was drawn to listen to the audio versions on long walks. Both formats have their advantages.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pamela Tudsbury. I just liked the way Wouk wrote her: plucky, humorous and willing to trust her heart. She had great valor. Pug was a bit of a stick and for much of the story his perspective was one of black and white, while Pam's was far more tinged with shades and color. It was nice to watch him evolve. He was a good man and a wise one. It was not preposterous for Pam to love him so deeply.


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

    This is the most gifted reader I have experienced. These two volumes are more that 2,000 pages of dense narrative involving a multitude of characters, real and fictional. Pariseau can pitch his voice or change his inflection to create a distinct sense of each individual, keeping track of a character's voice throughout thousands of pages. I have a good ear and there was only one small place where I was aware that he failed to use a particular voice (Aaron Jastrow's). Pariseau even sings well! This is a really gifted actor! The only suggestion I would make is he should watch out for egregious mispronunciations, e.g. coup de GRASS for coup de gras (should sound like 'gra') or Jan when it should have been pronounced 'Yawn'. Picky points considering the Herculean task he undertook.


    Any additional comments?

    This series represents a very important piece of historical literature. I am in awe of Herman Wouk.

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    susan 06-09-14
    susan 06-09-14
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    "enormous important readable opus"
    What did you love best about War and Remembrance?

    the dilution of the facts and factual details with the henrys and their acquaintances


    What did you like best about this story?

    not maudlin but sensitive treatment of the sufferings, the cost, of the war years


    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    reads at perfect speed, stresses and intonations good, with feeling non troppo


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

    pug; his stoic repressed feelings hinted at,because his marriage is reexamined because of the war, and inconsolable at the death of the son he adored


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    PJ 05-30-14
    PJ 05-30-14
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    "A great way to use your credits"

    Because this and "Winds of War" are so long, it's a great value for your credits. These are both great books with a lot of detail about WWII woven throughout interesting stories of characters you care about. You're getting history lessons while you enjoy a good read. The narrator is terrific.

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    Angela Knoxville, TN, USA 05-23-14
    Angela Knoxville, TN, USA 05-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Magnum Opus"

    I believe I downloaded this book and its companion, The Winds of War, from a Audible list called "Magnum Opus" or something of that sort. It was no lie. These two books are among the best Audible has to offer.

    Herman Wouk must have decided to write his own, American, version of War and Peace, and while not many writers could compete with Tolstoy, he had the chops to pull it off. The novels, simultaneously heartbreaking and inspiring, have everything a reader (or listener) could wish for: historical research, character development, plotting, great themes.

    Audible chose wisely in getting Kevin Pariseau to narrate these two books. He not only had to be able to pronounce bits of language and place names from locations around the globe, but also to sing songs representing a variety of cultures. Who can do that? Kevin Pariseau can! There are too many examples of his brilliance to list, so I'll limit myself to just one: I'm thinking of a section in which he had to sing an old song from the twenties as one of the characters reflected on the happier days of her marriage - and somehow he managed to give it the scratchy shaky feel of an old 20s record.

    By any measure, these two books and the Audible productions of them are outstanding.

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    Tez L Los Angeles, CA USA 04-08-14
    Tez L Los Angeles, CA USA 04-08-14 Member Since 2011

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    "A huge undertaking, but enjoyable to the end"
    Where does War and Remembrance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't generally read historical fiction, and I steer away from WWII, but something about Wouk's books are completely enthralling, fascinating, interesting, enjoyable.


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

    I love the performance, he does all the characters very well, good pacing, pronunciation--an expert reader.


    Any additional comments?

    All 56 hours of this book, and the huge Winds of War that I listened to before, were stories I listened to straight through, rarely breaking it up with other books (as I do when I am really fascinated by a book).

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    Michelle Jones 04-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "You can learn what school didn't teach about WWII"
    Would you listen to War and Remembrance again? Why?

    Maybe.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Byron Henry. He was really fleshed out and human.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the Jastros are reunited in the German camp. I was listening while running, and I literally stopped in the street and cried.


    If you could rename War and Remembrance, what would you call it?

    Awesome WWII Novel, Part II


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    Elizabeth 03-07-14
    Elizabeth 03-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome! Great historical fiction!"
    What did you love best about War and Remembrance?

    The historical accuracy with the fictional characters woven in to make the story entertaining. Very well written and prompted you to put yourself in the characters shoes. Great story to cause remembrance of WWII and the history of what happened to Jews.


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

    When Natalie was summoned to the SS and her baby's life threatened.


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

    Yes, The Winds of War. It was good too. He seamlessly goes between characters in the dialog. He has a great voice for audiobooks and I will look for books where he is the reader. Good accents too.


    If you could rename War and Remembrance, what would you call it?

    War and What would you do? The author describes the moral dilemmas of the characters' lives. Human morality and how people react.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend both the Winds of War and its sequel War and Remembrance. I didn't want it to end!

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    Joe Ruther Glen, VA, United States 02-20-14
    Joe Ruther Glen, VA, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Emotion roller coaster"
    If you could sum up War and Remembrance in three words, what would they be?

    56 hours of feeling like you were there.


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

    If this book does not make you cry get mad then rejoice you didn't listen.


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    Mike San Diego, CA, United States 01-04-14
    Mike San Diego, CA, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book, loved it from beginning to end"
    What did you love best about War and Remembrance?

    The book kept moving at a marvelous pace. The historical information has prompted me to research more on WWII. Purchased a big atlas to see where some of the places are in the world. My eyes were opened and I realized how little I know about that time. Thank you Herman Wouk.
    I just loved Kevin Pariseau's reading. I really laughed at the singing and the flatulence jokes about Hitler. Great whining Rhoda voice and great English accent for Pam.


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

    Pug and Aaron, both incredibly strong characters


    If you could take any character from War and Remembrance out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Pug Henry. I could listen to him over dinner so long as he kept away from the faith in God stuff.
    Aaron was splendid without the overwhelming religion theme.


    Any additional comments?

    Rhoda was the most selfish and least likable character in the book. Only after time did I take to Natalie who was bull headed and although loyal to her uncle, she passed up many opportunities to save her child.

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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 12-24-13
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 12-24-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Great novel of World War II"

    This novel that runs almost 60 hours was excellent! The fact that I not once was tempted to quit a novel of this length is quite an achievement for the author. This is the sequel to Winds of War, and it's best that Winds of War be read first. I loved Winds of War, and that was the better novel of the two. The first is one of my all time favorite novels, while the sequel is merely one of my favorites of the year. This one lets the listener experience the war through a handful of characters we got to know in Winds of War. The Henry family, which includes three officers fighting in the war, is a big part of this book again, yet the Jewish characters, the wife of Byron Henry and her author uncle, are even bigger characters in this. War and Remembrance captures the war from ships, planes, and submarines. It has war and love and political intrigue. The Holocaust is central to the novel, and I felt that this was the most moving Holocaust novel I have read. After spending over 100 hours listening to these very believable characters, the horrors of Nazi Germany come as alive as can be. Like the previous story, this one spends much time on the history of the war, from German and American perspectives. If there is a criticism, it's that there are too many stories and characters and too much history woven in, and the impact of some gets slightly diluted compared to Winds of War. Still, War and Remembrance kept my interest throughout, and I was near tears a number of times. I strongly recommend this to anyone with some interest in World War II history.

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