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.
I read this story and its prequel many years ago, and was so impressed then. It should be a classic. Kevin Pariseau's narration is stunning. He truly PERFORMS the story. So many different voices; his various accents are believable. He even sings, and very well too. He brings both books alive. I have listened to both books twice, and I am still awed.
Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II 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.
I read this book and its sequel many years ago, and was so impressed then. It should be a classic. But the narration by Kevin Pariseau is stunning. He does various foreign accents: English, German, Italian, Russian, Polish, even different American accents. He even sings when the story quotes songs. His doesn't narrate this story, he PERFORMS the story. It truly comes alive.
Jocelyn Minton is a woman torn between two worlds. Her mother grew up attending private schools and afternoon teas, but she married the local handyman. After her mother died when Joce was only five years old, her father remarried into his own class, and Joce became an outsider - until she met Edilean Harcourt. Although she was sixty years Joce's senior, Miss Edi was a kindred soul who understood her like no one else ever had. When Miss Edi passes away, she leaves Joce all her worldly possessions, including an eighteenth-century house and a letter with clues to a mystery that began in 1941.
If you could sum up Lavender Morning in three words, what would they be?
Delightful, Intriguing, Satisfying
Who was your favorite character and why?
Miss Edie was my favorite character of this story. Her mystery is uncovered layer by layer after her death, as seen through the eyes of Jocelyn, the woman whom she befriended as a young girl. Jose believed she knew all there was to know about Miss Edie, but then found that she knew very little. She is hurt by all the secrets and sets out to find the truth about this woman who was so important to her, and Miss Edie's story begins to unfold. Love, adventure, and tragedy; tears and laughter are all here. The ending is very satisfying. Barbara McCulloh's performance is wonderful.
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Jo Marie Rose first arrives in Cedar Cove seeking a sense of peace and a fresh start. She purchases a local bed-and-breakfast - the newly christened Rose Harbor Inn - ready to begin her life anew. Yet the inn holds more surprises than Jo Marie can imagine. Her first guest is Joshua Weaver, who has come home to care for his ailing stepfather. The two have never seen eye to eye, and Joshua has little hope that they can reconcile. But a long-lost acquaintance from Joshua's high school days proves to him that forgiveness is never out of reach and love can bloom even where it's least expected.
What did you love best about The Inn at Rose Harbor?
This story is so very touching. Really heartfelt. I cried through the whole thing, when I wasn't chuckling and smiling. Three different stories that deal with the same theme: coming to terms with loss and learning to go on with life. Abby and Josh both reluctantly return to Cedar Cove, she to deal with her guilt over the loss of her BFF fifteen years earlier, and he to deal with the impending death of his detested step-father. Both find surprises in these relationships that will begin the healing process and help them begin to rebuild new, promising lives. Jo Marie is the new owner of Rose Harbor Inn, and her story will slowly unfold, I am sure, over several books. I look forward to seeing a "friendship" develop with the very prickly, mysterious handyman, and with the very self-assertive little dog Rover who adopted HER at the pet shelter.
What does Lorelei King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Lorelei King does an excellent job with the narration. I found the voices to be very individual and easy to discern who was speaking. She really brought the story alive for me.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I found this story to be a delightful tearjerker. That may be an oxymoron, but I didn't want to take any breaks from it. I managed to listen to it all in one day; thank goodness it was a quiet day that I could easily escape. I came away very satisfied with the story and looking forward to the next one.