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The Winds of War Audiobook

The Winds of War

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - Has any lengthy, sweeping epic ever felt more personal than The Winds of War? Kevin Pariseau helps the listener inhabit the events and relationships of this massive and beautifully-told story with a palette of vividly imagined characters, each with a well-defined voice and perfect accent. His transcendent performance makes the hours fly, but don't worry - when the book ends you can still enjoy more with the sequel, War and Remembrance. —David

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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    Ann Hastings, MN, United States 10-03-12
    Ann Hastings, MN, United States 10-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very good historical Fiction. ."

    A very good novel about WW2, I learned alot about pre WW2 and how we got into this war.

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    September 10-02-12
    September 10-02-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Too long for me, but good info..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Winds of War the most enjoyable?

    For me it went on too long and too detailed....it was hard to grasp the story line....maybe it was me.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is VERY long and detailed. If you like historical fiction, then this is for you. I love history, but I want REAL history and this was just too much for me, because it was about a fictional family.

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    Fletch South Carolina 09-30-12
    Fletch South Carolina 09-30-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Wouk has the touch"

    Herman Wouk is the master of WWII historical novels. He does a great job of combining history with the elements of a typical novel and the result is very satisfying. Granted, you have to set aside your critical mind a little when you look at where Pug Henry gets to go and who he gets to interact with, but as as way to carry the story both about the war and this family, it's a necessary concession and does not diminish the experience.

    This book is not as powerful or as personal as "The Caine Mutiny," but given the scope is expanded exponentially (from a single destroyer in the USS Caine to the entire world war), it's still an excellent book.

    Have just started the sequel, "War and Remembrance," and it simply picks up where "Winds of War" leaves off. Kevin Pariseau, who also reads "The Caine Mutiny" is well chosen for all of these books.

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    walt 09-26-12
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    "The orator is absolutely excellent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    kevin pariseau is amazing in how he has mastered all the different accents


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    more action


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

    first time


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

    impossible


    Any additional comments?

    great orator

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    09-20-12
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    "Wow a really great read."
    What made the experience of listening to The Winds of War the most enjoyable?

    I love the story line.


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

    Makes me feel like I'm there!


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm now downloading War and Remembrence and can't wait to get in to it!

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    CBDC Washington, DC USA 09-12-12
    CBDC Washington, DC USA 09-12-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Narrator is outstanding"

    I've been devouring books on WWII - a lot of history (Shirer, Roberts), some like this one - quasi-fiction (Erik Larson). Both Wouk's book and Larson's provide perspective on why the United States took so long to enter the war, and the political & historical context for the decisions. This book is good - well-written and the narrator is outstanding. His ability to give characters different voices, to take the accents of different countries is exceptional. I know I read this good (OH SO MANY) years ago. I don't remember anything. But I will remember the audio version.

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    Patrick 09-06-12
    Patrick 09-06-12

    Et tu, Brute?

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    "Basically a WWII Soap Opera"

    I'm a huge WWII buff, and figured I'd give this fictional account a try. I can't say that it was bad, but it really wasn't my type of story. There's a lot of twists and turns, but overall it was simply a dramatic love story set in Europe. The parts that involve a fictional Churchill & FDR were interesting, but I can't say that I was yearning to hear more as the book went on. Drama, love, betrayal, and little bit of suspense, that's what you'll get. Don't expect lots of guns and gory war literature. This book will deliver more of a wartime soap opera than actual WWII suspense. Good but not great, read at your own risk...

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    Mr Marcus B Kenny Redbank Plains, QLD Australia 08-29-12
    Mr Marcus B Kenny Redbank Plains, QLD Australia 08-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Incredible"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It does an excellent job of putting the events of the war into order. So it's a good documentary wrapped up in a great story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Winds of War?

    Well, considering how well the events of the war are known I don't think I am spoiling anything if I say Pearl Harbour.


    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    Personally I'm happy if the performer does a good enough job that I don't think about them and can concentrate on the story. This performer is more than passable.


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

    It's far too long for a single sitting, but I couldn't wait to get back to it. I was building a fence at the time, so I was listening all day long, and didn't tire of it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book only covers the war until Pearl Harbour. The sequel, War and Rememberance covers the rest. This series is so good that I wish there were more. It easily makes my top five favourites, and I'm an avid reader. I have listened to more than 500 audio books and hundreds more printed and ebooks.

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    drummin2life Chicagoland, USA 08-22-12
    drummin2life Chicagoland, USA 08-22-12 Member Since 2012

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    "An excellent story, well-read."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Winds of War to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the print version of this book, nor had I seen the television version of it, so the story was all new to me.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was an excellent story. To me, the only character that was really developed was Pug Henry. You don't really get to know any of the other characters -- especially the women, who can seem shallow or mere caricatures. Despite this, I enjoyed the book. I found the historical aspects of the book to be very interesting, and I would think that anyone who is not interested in WWII history would not be interested in this book at all.

    The performance was excellent and it was easy to listen to.

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    Laura Moncton, NB, Canada 08-18-12
    Laura Moncton, NB, Canada 08-18-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing story... amazing narrator!!"

    I listened to The Winds of War, and the sequel, War and Remembrance. I loved both. Such an in-depth portrait of WW II, through the eyes of various characters.

    Kevin Pariseau did an AMAZING job of all the characters and accents! He really brought the book to life in a FEAT of narration, acting and even at times - singing! I especially liked his Russian and German accents! Amazing!

    This audible book occupied my mind through many hours of home reno! I also feel as though I have gained a substantial amount of historical knowledge about the unfolding of WW II.

    Thank you Herman Wouk, Kevin Pariseau, and Audible!!!

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