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  • The Winds of War

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 45 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,589

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 45 hours + 56 hours = 102 hours of listening

  • By Jan on 10-25-13

Fantastic book and audio book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-11

Where does The Winds of War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the tops, after >10 years of listening to audio books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pug Henry. Genuine character. Full of moral and emotional strength, not to mention very smart.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to count. Meeting Stalin at Kremlin banquet

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

I am now watching the TV series, just bought War and Remembrance Audio book, just bought FDR biography. Avidly learning about WWII, all due to this book.

Any additional comments?

This is truly a great book, and a great audio book. The book itself, plot, characters, language, all ring true, while also keep you guessing. The dialogues are intelligent. The WWII strategic analysis is brilliant. The historical personalities are both amazing and down to earth at the same time. The audio reader is wonderful. It must be a hard job to read through close a 1000 pages, but the Mr. Pariseau does a great job giving each character his/her own voice. Looking forward to War and Remembrance!Winds of War and War and Remembrance will go on my recommended reading list for my children and grand children, although I am only in my 30's now.

  • The Rembrandt Affair

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,657

Determined to sever his ties with the Office, Gabriel Allon has retreated to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall with his beautiful Venetian-born wife, Chiara. But once again his seclusion is interrupted by a visitor from his tangled past: the endearingly eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood. As usual, Isherwood has a problem. And it is one only Gabriel can solve.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I like this guy

  • By W. Brooks on 11-09-15

Love the Allon series, another great read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-10

I love and have read all Daniel Silva's books, even going back to The Unlikely Spy. Really remind of the great John Le Carre. I literally ran to the books store to buy the paper copy of this book. Now I am "re-reading" the audio version because I like Phil Gigante as well.

My only concern is that Gabrial is getting old. By my math, If he was, let's say in 22 in 1972 on his first mission, he has to be close to 60. How much longer can he go? I hope Mr. Silva has another great hero in the works....

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghost War

  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,301

CIA agent John Wells returns, in a novel that reaches beyond today's headlines to foretell dangers yet to come, from the author of The Faithful Spy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'd listen to George Guidall recite the tax code

  • By K on 05-25-15

Not as good as Faithful Spy

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-10

OK book, blot not very plausible. Ending is a bit too quick and solution not realistic. Trying to tie the rise of China into war with terrorism seems far fetched. Book saved by good characterization of main character. Good audio reader.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Unlikely Spy

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,509

"In wartime," Winston Churchill wrote, "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." For Britain's counterintelligence operations, this meant finding the unlikeliest agents imaginable - including a history professor named Alfred Vicary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Unlikely Spy

  • By Margaret on 12-14-09

The Unlikely Spy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-09

I read/listened to this book as a "test" of Daniel Silva. It suffices to say that after this one, I went and read/listened to all of this books in one shot. The strength of this books are their characters are believable, story lines are complex, and most of all, writing is good. I like his mastery of the language and descriptive phrases. I often want to read the same book twice. This book in particular is good for any WWII spy novel fans, since it does a good job mixing real historical events and fiction.

61 of 62 people found this review helpful

  • The Messenger

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365

Allon is recovering from his grueling showdown with a Palestinian master terrorist, when terrorism comes to find him once again. An al-Qaeda suspect is killed in London, and photographs are found on his computer - photographs that lead Israeli intelligence to suspect that al-Qaeda is planning one of its most audacious attacks ever, straight at the heart of the Vatican.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, poor narrator

  • By stuartjash on 06-22-18

The Messenger

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-09

I have read through all of Daniel Silva's books. Love Gabrial. The Messenger is the best one of the lot, I think. I listened to it twice!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Faithful Spy

  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,682
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,661

John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable New Series

  • By Lia on 07-09-17

Faithful Spy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-09

Very good book, in the post 911 anti-terrorist genre. I am really into spy novels, and I am glad I found Alex Bereson. I have exhausted classic master such as John Le Carre, and read through all of Daniel Silva's books. Berenson's is pretty close. For the female spy novel fans, there is just enough romance and internal character emotional struggle to make it not 100% macho.

51 of 54 people found this review helpful

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,147

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating (if not an outlier)

  • By KHarrang on 11-21-08

Very good parenting book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-09

This is a very good book in the same way Freaknomics was a very good economics book. It goes beyond the myths of how to become successful. If you have young kids, it is also a very good parenting book, on what you should be aware of to give your kids the best chance to succeed.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful