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War and Remembrance Audiobook
War and Remembrance
Written by: 
Herman Wouk
Narrated by: 
Kevin Pariseau
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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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    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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    Michael BROOKLYN CENTER, MN, United States 12-18-13
    Michael BROOKLYN CENTER, MN, United States 12-18-13 Member Since 2016
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    "So Real, so sad, yet fiction"
    What did you love best about War and Remembrance?

    Details of surrounding description of enviorment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arron, seemed so sincere and smart.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Natalie sees Victor after he was sent away.


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

    Pug, and his opinion of different people and how they operated and effected others


    Any additional comments?

    Best book for a long time

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    Elaine 12-10-13
    Elaine 12-10-13

    I'm a country potter, gardener, flute player and tin tinker living with my husband, an electrical engineer & cabinet maker.

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    "An intense experience"

    First I will admit that some of the details of administering a war seemed dry to me but after I time I came to understand war as a planning experience and the idea of war games meant more to me. It's not ever an accident. It's something that the military wants and hopes for.

    The story of the people, this family, is well done. Well placed in the events of time.

    The ideas of Hitler and the Holocaust are told in a way that shows how insane hatred and war are and how important education and taking a stance are.

    I'm glad for the many hours in this book as well as Winds of War.

    My appreciation for the narration by Keven Pariseau can't not be expressed. His work is marvelous. He has many voices. He sings. He speaks in accents that add color and texture to the story. Any book he narrates would be worth the listen.

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    judy eisen 09-11-13
    judy eisen 09-11-13
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    "WORLD WAR II HISTORY BROUGHT TO LIFE"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes because it covers a riveting period in world history and tells a good story.


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

    The journey of Natalie Jastrow as a Jew in Nazi held Europe


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

    NA


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

    When Byron finds his son Louis and brings him to Natalie


    Any additional comments?

    This book and Winds of War are excellent. A must listen.

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    Mickey M 06-28-13
    Mickey M 06-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I didn't want it to end."
    What made the experience of listening to War and Remembrance the most enjoyable?

    The saga of Victor Henry and his family throughout WWII was a page turner of their interesting and intriguing happenings while in many countries in so many harrowing situations. It was beautifully written by Herman Wouk, his describing what it must have been like during the war, and more accurately, in the middle of it. Kevin Pariseau read it not only with spot-on accents, but with such feeling for each of the characters, including Hitler, Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt. The history was factual except for the characters who weaved the story together so beautifully. I hated for it to end.


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

    The Winds of War preceded War and Remembrance...both were equally enjoyable in every sense of the senses.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many great scenes to single out. The book was one memorable scene after another.


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

    My husband's brother was shot down in Germany, our only recently finding out many more of the circumstances. Our interest in WWII is greater because of that. This book made us realize more vividly what he must have gone through like so many other young men who didn't want to fight...and die.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying The Winds of War, then War and Remembrance. It deserves 10 stars.

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