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The Winds of War Audiobook

The Winds of War

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Publisher's Summary

A masterpiece of historical fiction, this is the Great Novel of America's "Greatest Generation".

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues 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.

Also listen to War and Remembrance.

©1971 Herman Wouk (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Wouk's real genius lies not just in the narrative power of his books, but in his empathy with the people and the times of which he writes…. The genius of The Winds of War and War and Remembrance is that they not only tell the story of the Holocaust, but tell it within the context of World War II, without which there is no understanding it." (The Washington Post)

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    Ladybug 05-28-13
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    "Fantastic book(s)!"

    This is a great listen!! It helped me understand WWII so much better, but you have to be prepared to listen to War and Remembrance immediately after Winds of War. The way it's written really made this period of history come alive for me. Plus, the narrator made it come alive with his various character voices and pleasant voice. I thoroughly enjoyed these two books, even though it was a long listen!!!

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    Peter Lincoln, RI 02865 05-14-13
    Peter Lincoln, RI 02865 05-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "If you love history you will LOVE THIS."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Winds of War to be better than the print version?

    I like that I can replay what I missed initially, I would never get through this book in this amount of time if it was in print as I have limited time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fictional family that tied it all together as a story rather than just bare facts made it alive


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Pearl Harbor bombing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I liked being able to do sections, re listen and continue at my pace.


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    BamaRose Montgomery, AL, United States 05-03-13
    BamaRose Montgomery, AL, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Use with Kindle at the Battle descriptions"
    What did you love best about The Winds of War?

    Good book, good narrator, buy print version or Kindle to deal with battle scenes. I remember the TV MiniSeries and am astonished that the Director of those videos followed the book very closely (or as closely as possibly).


    What other book might you compare The Winds of War to and why?

    By all means complete the story with War and Remembrance; this review goes for it as well.


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

    Good voice, good inflection.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Watch the TV MiniSeries (not sure another film is needed).


    Any additional comments?

    Finish the story with War and Remembrance. Wish this author had done a generation advance story of the boys: Warren's son, Vic, and Byron's boy, Louis. Also the children of Pug and Pamela; and Madolyn and Sym's children etc etc!

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    Amazon Customer 04-30-13
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    "Outstanding!!!"

    Great book and great reader! Highly recommend. My wife and I are listening on long trips and I have to pay attention so that I don't miss my exits.

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    Amazon Customer 04-22-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Best Historical Fiction"
    What did you love best about The Winds of War?

    Close your eyes while you listen.... you'll find yourself traveling back in time to Germany, Russia, Britain and the USA. No other story has made me feel so emotional for the characters.


    What other book might you compare The Winds of War to and why?

    Clavell's asian sagas, beginning with Shogun.


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

    Great voice, makes each character come alive.


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    Robbie P Round Rock, TX 04-14-13
    Robbie P Round Rock, TX 04-14-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Mind-altering dru...book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Winds of War the most enjoyable?

    I have always had an affinity for the time period leading up to and during World War II. As a kid, I watching a lot of the old war movies with John Wayne, Audie Murphy, Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, and so on. I. like many Americans, subscribed the "Greatest Generation" theory and, to a certain extent, still do. I just hadn't ever really considered the intelligence and foresight of the prominent figures of the time. What I mean is, in a more accessible way, is that this book was, for me, like the end of the Wizard of Oz where Toto pulls back the curtain and everyone meets the real wizard.

    Herman Wouk incorporates a great story of a military family into an overview of the world and the forces at play leading up to the United States entrance into the Second World War. It's not for everyone. There are long segments on military strategy, tactics, and the planning involved. Though they offer insight into the thinking behind many of the decisions that world leaders made at the time. It covers the development of western thought and deals with philosophy and politics, but it doesn't go too deep that the average listener is lost in technical or abstract terminology.

    Overall, it gives and great overview of the war and fleshes out the players involved by using the main character of the book as a person that you could imagine filling the shoes of many different people in the halls of power during the time. So, if you have an interest in history, but prefer that is dramatized a little, I think you'll enjoy this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's got to be Pug Henry. He is the catalyst for all the motion in the book and is changed by his experiences while still holding on to the core of his identity.


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    Jean Silverton, OR, United States 04-11-13
    Jean Silverton, OR, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Global perspective of pre-WW II events"
    Would you listen to The Winds of War again? Why?

    Wouk interweaves the narrative of the Henry family with a volume by a fictitious German historian to produce comprehensive historical fiction of the main events around the world that preceded the United States' entry into WW II. I am eager to listen to the next book, which is narrated by the same reader who does an excellent job conveying various characters in the book.


    What other book might you compare The Winds of War to and why?

    The book compares well to the multigenerational, historical novels about precedents of WWI by Ken Follet or the recent non-fiction In the Garden of Beasts by Eric Larson.


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

    Tudsbury & his daughter exemplified Pariseau's talent as a reader. He was great throughout.


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

    When Pug Henry finally gets back on a destroyer & contemplates the night at sea.


    Any additional comments?

    A pleasure to read, especially for those who love history but want a rest from the myriad details of non-fiction works.

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    Debra 04-11-13
    Debra 04-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "The best!"
    Would you listen to The Winds of War again? Why?

    I may, even though I don't usually repeat something I've read or watched.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kevin did a fantastic job with all of the many languages and characters...no two ever sounded alike!


    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    Everything!


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

    It made me laugh and cry. Also it taught me so much about WW II and the Holocaust that I hadn't known, while being completely entertaining.


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    Drake United States 04-07-13
    Drake United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great historical novel!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are a fan of historical novels (which I am) you will love this book. The interesting characters are expertly woven into history. I did not want the story to end, and am now on War and Remembrance.


    Did Kevin Pariseau do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I was not thrilled with his narration of the female characters, and it took me a while to get past my annoyance with this.


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    Michelle 04-05-13
    Michelle 04-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Just as good, 30 years later"
    Would you listen to The Winds of War again? Why?

    I read this book about 30 years ago and loved it. I listened to it this time and loved it again. It really captures the feel and immensity of WWII as well as keeping the listener involved with the fictional characters' lives and loves. Highly recommend.


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