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War and Remembrance Audiobook

War and Remembrance

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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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 04-12-12
    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 04-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "AMAZING SUBMERSION INTO WW2"

    In this, the second and last book of the story, the Henry family and company go into the war on all fronts (literally). This book will stun you with the depth and breadth of the war and insidiously teach you fascinating and important minutia that end up answering most of the hows,and whys of the war while remaining on story for the Henrys. Thats quite an amazing feat of writing wizardry that's pulled off amazingly well! It also explains why this book is so long.
    Unlike the first book, big things are happening at the speed of life. No punches are pulled in this surprisingly realistic portrail of the war in all its horrors. This is an important book for everyone to read, because It gives such an amazingly thorough picture of the war.I would never say it covers everything, but for what it is, it really is astounding how detailed a picture of the war it does provide, and the story of the henrys is very good. The narration is very good and perfect for the subject matter. A deceivingly great book. Highest recommendation.

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    Sarah 07-01-12
    Sarah 07-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Never liked history"

    I have never consider myself as a history buff but this has given me a hunger to learn more of what actually happened in the past. This novel gave me so much information that I never had regarding WWII and allowed me to increase my knowledge while enjoying a wonderful story. I loved moving from one perspective of the world to another and being able to grasp the different way events were experienced by different parts of the world. Now I will be reading well researched historical novels and hoping I can enjoy them as much as I did this one.

    Narration was wonderful, story was wonderful, hisory was presented in a way that will stay with me. A wonderful experience in every respect.

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    Margaret San Francisco, CA USA 02-19-13
    Margaret San Francisco, CA USA 02-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    "I miss it now that it's done."

    What can I say? By the end of this, I'd spent over a hundred hours with the Henrys and the Jastrows. It's quite a commitment, but I had to stop myself from going back and starting again - an impulse I've only had with Bryce Courtnay's Potato Factory epic saga. I thought I knew a lot about the second World War, but I didn't realize how much there was going on in the Pacific. This brought that epoch vividly to life and, although I wouldn't say I enjoy military history, I did here woven as it is into historical fiction. I believe this book came out in the late 70's and all in all, I think, it's held up rather well. Some of the female characters struck me as sterotypical, but others (Natalie particularly) were fully developed and I rooted for her all the way until the last page. Bravo!

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 05-19-12
    Joseph 05-19-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Magnificent"

    I still feel a loss having finished Winds of War and War and Remembrance. I long to hear more about the Henry family.
    This book is simply wonderful.
    For more details, you can read the many, many other reviews here.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John M Lafayette, CA USA 11-05-13
    John M Lafayette, CA USA 11-05-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Epic! A True Masterpiece"
    Would you listen to War and Remembrance again? Why?

    Absolutely. It was a remarkable story brought to life by an amazing narrator. It seemed at the same time unhurried but relentless. This must be listened to after "Winds of War" so together it is a 100+ hour commitment, but it was tremendous. I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about WWII and I learned a great deal about the conflict through that most ancient of human skills: storytelling. I look forward to listening to it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the narrative shifted between the different viewpoints - from a "God's Eye" view of the progress of the war to the more myopic German perspective to the personal American and Jewish experience. In hindsight it really is the only way to tell such a grand and terrible story.


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

    His command of accents and cadence is amazing. He was always clear and easy to understand but it really put you in the thick of the action.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book. It is well worth your time. In this age where we are losing 1000's of WWII vets every day this is perhaps one of the best ways to connect to that time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Somerville, MA, United States 09-06-14
    Ryan Somerville, MA, United States 09-06-14 Member Since 2005
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    "A fine continuation"

    I've already written a review of the Winds of War, the first half of this marathon two-part historical drama. War and Remembrance picks up right where that one left off, shortly after the Pearl Harbor attacks. Now, the US is fully in the Second World War, and Victor, Warren, and Byron all see action in the Pacific. Meanwhile, Byron's Jewish wife, Natalie, is trapped in fascist Italy, where a series of misjudgements and bureaucratic tangles have blocked the escape of her and her uncle. And there are a few other dramas, involving characters we'd met before, such as Leslie Slote and Pamela Tudsbury.

    As in the previous book, Wouk masterfully illustrates how the war unfolded and how it looked to the Allies, with the much-pounded British grasping the full urgency of the situation while America was only beginning to get into gear. His overview of the politics and fighting takes into account the bumbling mistakes made by both sides, and the many opportunities the Axis powers had to achieve some devastating victories, on top of those they'd already had over the dithering Allies. If Wouk's narrative is to be believed, the fate of nations can turn on a single faulty report from a scout plane or a lucky accident of timing.

    Compared to the first book, there are more scenes of battle and combat, which are well-written. There’s a subplot concerning the development of the atomic bomb, involving Rhoda’s lover, Palmer Kirby. We can see the Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union on the horizon. There’s more from the fictional German general, Armin von Ruhn, whose cerebral apologism for fascism becomes ever more disquieting, considering that his views don’t seem all that far off from those held by present-day right-wing groups, though his analysis of the war remains compelling. And there’s a subplot that exposes the horrors of the Holocaust, through both the eyes of a Jewish character interned in Auschwitz and the chillingly mechanical viewpoint of the camp’s commandant.

    If the plot turns are a little more soap opera-like, with the main characters getting into drawn-out dramas and crossing paths strangely often, they’re still absorbing. Through the storyline involving Natalie, her uncle, Aaron, and her friend Leslie, it becomes easy to see how Holocaust denial paralyzed much of the civilized world, which wanted to believe that the terrible stories were mostly just propaganda by people with an agenda (I couldn’t help but think of climate change deniers). The two Jews, as they struggle to find an out, get ever more inexorably trapped in the Nazi web, ending up in the sham showcase ghetto of Theresienstadt, and these desperate scenes are gripping.

    Both this novel and the Winds of War should really be thought of as one long work, though not everyone will want to power straight through both of them in sequence, as I did. As before, my compliments to Kevin Pariseau for his spoken performance. When I at last reached the final page, while biking along a lake in Massachusetts, I felt that I’d completed a real journey across eight profoundly world-changing years of history. Through the sheer scale, vision, energy, investment in storytelling, and deeper truth-seeking of his drama, Wouk has left a work for the ages.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 02-06-13
    Elizabeth 02-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "So Glad I Read This Book"

    Excellent book and story. Excellent narrator. Great character development. I love historical fiction and can't wait to read Herman Wouk's next book. I enjoyed the story and I learned so much at the same time. What a treat!

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    Donna H. Barnes BRENTWOOD, CA, United States 04-23-12
    Donna H. Barnes BRENTWOOD, CA, United States 04-23-12
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    "Fabulous"
    What made the experience of listening to War and Remembrance the most enjoyable?

    This is a classic novel. Love the author and his careful research on the treatment of Jews during WWII.


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

    Yes, but it's a long one!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Library Volunteer Oklahoma City, OK United States 04-16-12
    Library Volunteer Oklahoma City, OK United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2008
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    "So sad to see this end"

    In the past month, I have waded through both Winds of War and War and Remembrance. I suppose preferences for narrators are highly personal, but I cannot understand any of the objections to Kevin Pariseau. I found his work delightful, with particular regard for the voice he assigns Pug Henry. With dozens of voices in an epic of this magnitude, Pariseau makes each character recognizably new.

    The quality of Wouk's fiction is unimpeachable. The epilogue clarifies historical points and the specific points at which the fiction digresses from history. Within the genre of historical fiction, this work commands both respect and engagement of the reader.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 03-28-13
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    "The best listening experience, ever . . . ."

    Herman Wouk and Kevin Pariseau are simply an unbeatable combo. They combined to make this the best listening experience I've had in my five years with Audible.

    I must add that you need to read Winds of War first, as that is part one of the story/history. I chose to read these books in my ongoing attempt to try to comprehend how a monster such as Hitler could have arisen and caused so much carnage. I shutter to think that if I or my family lived in Europe during his reign, we would likely have been eradicated, too. I previously read The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. I hoped that reading Wouk's books would give me a different perspective on how individual lives were affected.

    Wouk's characters were wonderfully developed and acted in believable ways. I really cared what happened to them. I enjoyed how he interwove the individual stories, particularly the way he quoted from books purported to be written at the time (Von Roon and Jastro.) While this is considered historical fiction, the historical parts are true to what happened with most of the major players in the war. This is all explained by the author after the ending of the book.

    Kevin Pariseau surpassed anything I have experienced from a narrator. I could immediately tell which character was speaking and it seemed, he never slipped up. He added so much to the telling of this story. I never felt the book lagged or slowed down. I savored every moment of this listening experience.

    I would highly recommend this book (and Winds of War) to all readers, even if you think a war story is not your cup of tea. I keep hoping that the more we know of our world's history, the less chance we have of repeating our most egregious mistakes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Julie
    Worcester, United Kingdom
    1/11/13
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    "Amazing sequel"

    I loved this book, it's a brilliant sequel to The Winds of War! Yes it requires a huge time commitment, but it is well worth it. I have enjoyed Kevin Pariseau's narration, mainly as there are less British accents for him to have a crack at.

    There are some really harrowing sections that are delicately handled, on an audio par with the scenes in Schindlers List with the little girl in the red coat!

    If you have downloaded The Winds of War - it is almost the law that you have to listen to War & Remembrance!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • SussexDodo
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    12/10/13
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    "Best read/listen-to for years!"
    If you could sum up War and Remembrance in three words, what would they be?

    Sad Joyful Absorbing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of War and Remembrance?

    Too many to mention but the parallel juxtaposition of fact carried by the fictional family is wonderfully done. The descriptions of the treatment of the Jews is particularly moving.


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

    Pug Henry


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A family's experiences of World War II


    Any additional comments?

    When I could physically read books, I used to love my hour or so in bed last thing at night reading a good book and not wanting to put it down. Because of my disability, I now listen to all my reading material and the same 'last thing at night' routine is still in place. Listening to Winds of War and then War and Remembrance has had the same effect! The need to listen-on to these stories written by a 'Master' storyteller has been a real joy - even if my quota of sleep has been seriously shortened these past few weeks. I can only highly recommend these books. The production quality is superb; the reader brilliant and the content - although harrowing at times - makes these recordings a 'must have' because of their authentic telling of World events.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    Ireland
    11/22/12
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    "War and Remembersnce"

    The perfect companion to the Winds of War. They must be considered as one book. As good if not better than Wouk's first book. His historical research is faultless. I wish this could be a part of history classes at secondary level. One of the finest books I have ever received from Audible. I will listen to both books many times. Thanks Audible!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Irene
    London, United Kingdom
    5/5/13
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    "A powerful novel about WW2"

    A very good continuation of "The winds of war". Natalie's story is painful to follow and it is only balanced by the other war developments. The characters are so embedded in my mind that I found very difficult to see the American TV production. I rather stay with the ones that the wonderful Kevin Pariseau brings to life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • HappyCamper
    London, England
    4/7/13
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    "Outstanding...."

    Very engrossing listen. Your draw into the story and and quite vividly picture the storyline unfolding in your mind as the book is read. Highly recommended to anybody who likes this genre.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • lynn
    Calvia, Spain
    8/16/13
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    "I urge you to read this book"
    What did you like most about War and Remembrance?

    It brought history to vivid life


    What was one of the most memorable moments of War and Remembrance?

    Udams' farewell


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

    'Pug Henry'


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

    absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    The best book I have ever 'read'. Along with its prequel 'The winds of war' - The whole saga was so moving as to be almost life altering.This is a novel that everybody should read.
    Yes it is History and about an event that will have shaped the lives of every living person today, but it is brought to life through characters that you desperately care for.
    I will return to this book and its prequel over and over again.
    I urge you to read this and the 'Winds of War' - you will not regret it.
    If I could only keep one novel (well stretch that to the two installments) it would definitely be this!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Keeland
    10/1/17
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    "Great historical novel"

    Taught me a lot about World War II politics, easy to identify with the characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Al Jeavons
    9/11/17
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    "Loved this book"

    What a great and massive book. Historically accurate and powerfully compelling. This and it's sister book, "Winds of war" give you an overview of the 2nd world war that few other novels cover. What a great writer Herman Wouk is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gene Goldman
    5/3/17
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    "a must for every human in the world . never forget"

    a must for every human in the world . never forget! the story and historical accounts makes a long last impression

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dot
    9/18/15
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    "Captivating"

    Amazing listen a must. The two audio books have taken a few months to listen to and are brilliant didn't want the story to end felt part of the family and yearned for the next time I could listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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