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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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  • Burt
  • WEST JORDAN, UT, United States
  • 08-08-12

History told in a captivating story.

If you could sum up War and Remembrance in three words, what would they be?

History meets life.

What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

He has a voice for each Charachter and switches between voices like a knife through butter.

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  • Wurdsmith
  • Spokane, WA, United States
  • 06-04-12

Exceptional On All Counts

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommend this to anyone and everyone. The novel, combined with The Winds of War, is Herman Wouk's masterpiece. And Kevin Pariseau's narration is outstanding in every way. Th work and artistry he puts into every character is masterful.

What other book might you compare War and Remembrance to and why?

You must look at the two epic novels together. Winds of War starts the story of the Henry family through the lead-in to World War II up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, and War and Remembrance takes them through the entirety of the war and even hints at their life after the war.

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

I loved the way he characterizes FDR, with the jaunty lilt we've come to expect from Roosevelt on screen.

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

Since this book comes in seven parts, I doubt anyone can sit that long willingly. But it does inspire you to spend long, relaxing hours listening, and makes you want to sneak in a few minutes whenever you can.

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  • will
  • woodstock, GA, United States
  • 05-25-12

Phenominal

If your a world war II history fan this book is for you. Its chalk full of all kinds of great history and the author ties in the real with the fictitious with the skill of a chess grand master. The narration is spot on and really brings Wouks masterpiece to life. This Book is Epic in scope and for just one credit well worth your time.

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  • Kathy
  • Sale, Australia
  • 04-21-12

What a listen!!!

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

This book was enthralling, riveting and had me totally absorbed.

What did you like best about this story?

The detail was excellent, I learned a lot. I felt very involved with the family and had lots of discussions with family and friends regarding the story. I walked many kilometres walking and walking and listening and listening!!!

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

Pug!!!

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

Loved it all.

Any additional comments?

I was devastated when it finished, but delighted to find the sequel!!!

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I feel as if I have lived through the war.

Kevin Pariseau again is outstanding in his narration. I am old enough to vaguely remember WWII. I remember seeing newsreels of prisoners being shot, pictures of the concentration camps. I now feel like I have been there. By the time you are finished reading (listening) to this book each character is a person you know well, I read the hard cover of this book years ago and loved it, but the audio version is so superior. After 50 some hours later of listening, I was very sad to have it end and actually went back several chapters and listened again.

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  • Bookfan43
  • Boiling Springs, Pa United States
  • 03-16-12

Loved it

This book was excellent in content and the reader was wonderful. Hated for it to end!!

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Wasn't as bad as Winds of War

Maybe I just got used to it. I see now that part of my dissatisfaction was not fully realizing half is commentary, half novel. Thus, the running together of it all was frustrating to follow. I still stand by my previous comments that I stuck through these because I couldn't return them. I was not impressed and I do read and enjoy a lot of war novels and non-fiction. The narrator would be better suited reading YA books. He's far too energetic and chipper to be reading serious material. He sounds like he's a parent relating good news from a buddy's letter, even when describing the burning of bodies and other tragedies!

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Way too long story does't progress well

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes the ending, l it seem like the author got tired and stoped writing the book.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Bill Bryson

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

He's an amazing reader. He voice is the best part of the book.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

If they would edit the story, maybe

Any additional comments?

Too damm long. I got tired listening to it.

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Writing or Narration? Not sure

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

This was comprehensive yet detailed in ways that many other books based in WWII only begin to approach.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

This is the first audible book I've listened to that I can honestly say that I don't know whether the stereotypes and surface quality I perceived in the characters was a result of the writing or of the narration. The female characters in particular were annoying, with the main character's wife, Rhoda, downright grating. I found myself pulled out of the story while listening to her dialogue, wondering if Wouk wrote her as such a shallow character or if it was just the reading. Not surprisingly, the American male characters generally sounded mature, goal oriented and together, the English sounded to varying degrees buffoonish, and as I wrote above, the females generally sounded like airheads more concerned with looks and clothes. I realize this reflects cultural perceptions in the past, but found it just added a superficiality to an otherwise intense story of broad scope.

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

While expecting death, considering that the story occurred during WWII, the first death had a marked impact on me. I found this to be one of the better, more complete passages in the book.

Any additional comments?

I won't go into a detailed review since it's been done well by many others. I appreciated the scope and Wouk's thoroughness in details.

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  • W. Brooks
  • Seattle, WA United States
  • 06-04-15

Great Sequel

I loved The Winds of War, so when I finished that one I immediately downloaded this one. I wanted the entire Henry story. It didn't disappoint. I gave both books 5 stars. If I had to rank them, though, I'd give the first one, Winds of War, a higher rating, if only slightly. I love how great historical fiction gives me insights and new knowledge about times like World War 2. If you haven't read The Winds of War, put this one off until you do. You'll enjoy it a lot more.

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