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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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    Loretta 01-16-13
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    "Take a trip into history"
    Which character – as performed by Kevin Pariseau – was your favorite?

    Amazing characterizations. Too many to choose from. I gave Mr, Pariseau a standing ovation at the end.. okay.. I just applauded as I was driving in my car.. but the performance is ovation-worthy.


    Any additional comments?

    I 've read this book and its predecessor, Winds of War, several times. Listening brought new life to the characters and made them even more endearing than ever. Recent experiences, including a trip to Washington's Holocaust museum and learning about a relative's Naval service in the Pacific, brought the story even closer to my heart. A very good read...

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    Maggie California 01-04-13
    Maggie California 01-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This is a must listen...superb in every respect."
    What did you love best about War and Remembrance?

    Great, great story telling, fascinating history and very exceptional narration. Prepare to be addicted to a long, long book...


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    Maura Co Clare, Ireland 12-25-12
    Maura Co Clare, Ireland 12-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrific read"
    What made the experience of listening to War and Remembrance the most enjoyable?

    As well as a great story the narration is absolutely wonderfu making the listen easy and enjoyable with terrific characterisation.


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

    Any historical fiction though the first part of this slory The Winds of War is equally as good, well narrated and researched. Puts me in mind of the Kite Runner for the sheer impact it had on my emotions.


    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    I loved his ability to capture each of the characters personalities through accents and tones. He captures the moods within the story even singing.


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

    There were parts if it that broke my heart and made me cry, left me in anguish and horror. And left me with a total abhorrence of mans' inhumanity to man.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of the best books I've ever read, a truly great read.

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    Kenneth Longmont, CO, United States 12-11-12
    Kenneth Longmont, CO, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great History lesson"

    Great History lesson done in a way to keep your interest. Covers many theatres of the war.

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    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 12-11-12
    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.

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    "The Best Way Learn History"

    This novel, and its predecessor, The Winds of War, are two of the best pieces of histoical fiction that I have ever read or listened to in my long reading life. The books are long enought to truly develop characters. The careful depiction of historical figures and context is simply extraordinary. The narration, both in pacing and intonation, is superb. Listen to these books. You will not be disappointed.

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    Maria Cuculiza ŽLima, Pérou 11-12-12
    Maria Cuculiza ŽLima, Pérou 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Shaking and inspiring"
    Would you consider the audio edition of War and Remembrance to be better than the print version?

    I simply love audiobooks; however when asked if I consider an audio edition better than the print version, I am at odds to respond. An audio edition has such beautiful and expressive reading by great specialists. They are moving, exhilarating, funny, sarcastic ... and yet a printed version, internally read by our own voice, also has its very personal touching and endearing features.


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

    The final encounter by the-long and painfully separated Natalie and Byron, and their son Louis. Though the scene is not necessarily highlighted in the book and is to some extent plagued with practical details, the built-up suspense and suffering of these people make it so significant and moving that make it one of the most memorable moments in the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked too many scenes to say I had a favorite one. There were extraordinary scenes at the Russian Front, so many romantic scenes with Victor Henry, wonderful feeling around Italian landscape and culture in connection with Aaron Jastrow, hair-rising suspense around Natalie's many attempts at escaping Europe, peculiar Rhoda Henry's many couple and family scenes, ...there is no end to enjoyment.


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

    Victor Henry and Natalie Jastrow are the two main figures in the book, I think. So noble and yet so human in the many facets they have as the rich characters they are. However, other characters are so interesting in their transformation, like Leslie Sloat and Aaron Jastrow, and in their depiction, like Rhoda Henry. Again, it's hard to decide. It takes all kinds to make a world.


    Any additional comments?

    The historical comments in Winds of War and War and Remembrance are not to be neglected. They provide important context to these two books, a fresco of those hard times.

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    Opplanner 11-01-12
    Opplanner 11-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I did not want the book to end!"
    What made the experience of listening to War and Remembrance the most enjoyable?

    Kevin Pariseau - not only was he exceptional with his accents, but I also enjoyed when he sang. I often forgot that he was doing all of the voices! Phenomenal! Having listened to the story, I have recently purchased the Winds of War DVD. Although this book is fiction, learning the history of World War II was fascinating! I hope the TV miniseries is as fulfilling as the audio version of this book was for me!


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

    Aaron Jastrow's realization of what it truly meant to be Jewish.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The 'sermon' that Aaron Jastrow delivered before he left the Jewish ghetto.


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

    I would nor could not rename it- the title was appropriate as is.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm having a hard time trying to find an audiobook that can measure up to The Winds of War and War and Remembrance! Suggestions please!!!! (-:

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    Robert Brownsville, TX, United States 10-09-12
    Robert Brownsville, TX, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book with exceptional characters"
    What did you love best about War and Remembrance?

    The way that he used the individual characters to weave the story together to give the perspective of all the world leaders and to get a feel of the way that individual citizens must have felt while this history was taking place. You feel like you are right there with them. The fact that it is historically correct and it is a great way to learn the history of the time and remember it easier than reading a history book


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

    The submarine battles & the Midway battle


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

    Pug Henery


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

    The Historically Correct Story of World War II


    Any additional comments?

    A great historically correct, very informing & interesting review of Pearl Harbor and on.

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    Michael GILBERT, AZ, United States 07-23-12
    Michael GILBERT, AZ, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book and great series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Thourghly enjoyed the book to my surprise


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

    Very interesting and informative on some of the problems of others on WW2.


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    nikolas Manchester, NH, United States 05-24-12
    nikolas Manchester, NH, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "An Epic"
    What made the experience of listening to War and Remembrance the most enjoyable?

    Although I read many books about WW2 and I thought that I was well informed When I finished these 2 books I realized how much more I did not know, I could not stop listening to these two books for 5-6 weeks.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it! Narrator is perfect.


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

    War and Peace


    Any additional comments?

    Same comments apply for Winds of war

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