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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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wow. on so many levels... wow.

loved the history brought to life, hated the inhumanity of the Nazis. the fictional story is compelling, the lessons learned from the behavior of average German citizens are cautionary for us all.

I loved the format of the faux translation to tell the German perspective and the storyline to tell the American and English perspective.

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A great listen but at times disturbing.

I followed up "The Winds of War" with "War & Remembrance". The first installment is better, but this is still a great listen. Some of the scenes from the Nazi concentration camps are very disturbing mostly because they are true and it's hard for most people to fathom how anyone can treat another human in such an inhuman way, though the Jews are still persecuted to this day. The history in the book is terrific, though there is great detail on some aspects of the war and little on others. The Henry family makes learning about WWII enjoyable and I recommend it to all. It will stoke your desire to learn more about the events of WWII.

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Fantastic Epic

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

Kevin Pariseau is a fantastic narrator, performing both male as well as female parts equally will, drawing the reader in

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

actually yes!

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Breathtaking and tragic

This is a monumental story and truly epic tale framed within the most tragic period of modern human history. Story and narration are at once captivating and heart-breaking.

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Stunning... Historical Fiction at its Best

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Just like the first book, Winds of War, the second installment is absolutely amazing. All and all it took me about 2 months to get through these books and I count it as time well spent. The author does a brilliant job of depiciting WWII from all of the vantage points of the characters he portrayed. You get a truly multi-faceted perspective when considering the motivations and occurences of this war. He does an absolutely amazing job of marrying little known historical facts and lenghty commentary on significant battles all while making the book feel like an experience rather than a lecture. By the time I got to the second book, I was already deeply invested in the characters so wrapping up War and Remembrance is like saying goodbye to friends. All and all this book is masterfully done and leaves me with a much deeper understanding of WWII from both a historical and human standpoint. Recalling the events portrayed in these books forces one to truly consider what it is to be a part of the human experience.

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Worth the 56 hours of my time!

Where does War and Remembrance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love historical fiction, so for me not only was it informative but weaving these fictional characters in to real events made it one of the best I have listened to.

What did you like best about this story?

The fictional characters with the historical real events. While the main characters aren't real there are real people who lived it and it gives you a peek into that time period.

What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

There are a lot of characters and I knew exactly which character he was speaking for.

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

Since it was 56 hours that wasn't possible.

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One of my all time favorites.

A moving, educational, melodrama for those who take an interest in the historical period of WWII. These books are a real treasure.

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Romantic Exploits in the Backdrop of Global War

This is the less a sequel to The Winds of War than it is part two of one huge novel. The account of the Henry family is laid out here. I found this book to be less significant than the first volume. The people are so driven by their romantic passions, both in and outside the bounds of marriage that is becomes a bit of a Soap Opera for the greatest generation. I found the Henry saga to be tedious.

The inexorable march toward the Jewish Holocaust is excruciatingly slow and tragic. But the result, for some of the main characters, is so oft foreshadowed that the culmination is entirely anti-climatic.

As in the previous volume, Wouk intersperses historical sections liberally through the novel. He has constructed several imaginary historical works from which to quote to allow him to promote his historical opinion. Victor Henry reads lengthy sections from his translation of the memoirs of a German General. And we are also treated to the musings of Aaron Jastrow through his journal entries as he slips further and further into the Nazi concentration camp system.

I knew this was a long book when I began, and so did not expect a rapid pace, but I eventually tired of following the adventures of the main characters. Once my fascination for the fictional characters ws lost the book became a slog.

Kevin Pariseau is again excellent possessing a wide range of male character voices. He is somewhat limited in his expression of the female voice but manages to make them sound distinctive, if not convincing.

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Outstanding in every way!!!

First, an incredible performance!! I would easily give it a 10+ if possible. The story as historical fiction is beyond words. The characters are so well developed and very credible. I learned much about the war that I did not know. Overall, listening to this was an incredible, deeply moving experience although very difficult to listen to at times, especially the portrayal of the atrocities in the death camps. The world must never forget this horrible war and all of the gore.

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Recommended

Learn much about WWII and enjoy an engaging story simultaneously. What could be better? My only criticism is minor: Mr. Pariseau's voice has a pleasing sound, and he does a fine job with diction, pronunciation and accents, but he isn't always conscientious about emphasizing key words in the sentences he's reading. He could do a better job of illuminating meaning. The listener is forced to do a bit of that work for him. Still, I highly recommend this audiobook.