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Winter Garden Audiobook

Winter Garden: A Novel

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in Kristin Hannah’s Winter Garden, we find three women — a mother and two daughters by blood, but strangers in their hearts — reeling from the loss of the man who held their fragile family together. Emptiness pervades this story — hollowing out what is left of the Whitson family and creeping into the space between narrator Susan Erickson’s words.

Anya and her daughters Meredith and Nina have already lost their husband and father to death — and risk losing each other to pride. Evan Whitson knew of this risk, and on his deathbed asked his wife to tell their daughters her “fairy tale” from start to finish. And so we find the Whitson women gathered in the dark at their family home, Belye Nochi, night after night.

Meredith is the older daughter who stayed home to take care of the family business, and her marriage is falling apart. Younger sister Nina, meanwhile, has traveled the globe as a renowned photographer, but refuses to marry the love of her life. Neither sister has much of a relationship with the other — much less with their cold and distant mother, Anya, whose mysterious past in Russia haunts them all.

Erickson’s Anya is resolute, her Nina bold, and her Meredith lost. Effortlessly, it seems, Erickson captures in one moment the decades of sorrow in Anya’s voice and in the next the ready spirit in Nina’s. Always we hear the sheer exhaustion in Meredith’s. Erickson’s voice is at times empty and full, icy and warm, sharp and soft. Throughout the book all three women are alternately devastated with loss, isolated by bitterness, and joyous for the love of family, and Erickson lets us hear it all with her honest and gentle delivery.

Winter Garden is a story best listened to — it is after all a testament to the power of storytelling. What Meredith and Nina hear in their mother’s story will cause them to face their grief head on and just might make them a family once again. —Sarah Evans Hogeboom

Publisher's Summary

From the author of the smash-hit best-seller Firefly Lane and True Colors comes a powerful, heartbreaking novel that illuminates the intricate mother-daughter bond and explores the enduring links between the present and the past.

Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters. As children, the only connection between them was the Russian fairy tale Anya sometimes told the girls at night. On his deathbed, their father extracts a promise from the women in his life: the fairy tale will be told one last time - and all the way to the end. Thus begins an unexpected journey into the truth of Anya's life in war-torn Leningrad, more than five decades ago.

Alternating between the past and present, Meredith and Nina will finally hear the singular, harrowing story of their mother's life, and what they learn is a secret so terrible and terrifying that it will shake the very foundation of their family and change who they believe they are.

©2010 Kristin Hannah; (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Laura Port Orchard, WA, USA 03-10-15
    Laura Port Orchard, WA, USA 03-10-15 Member Since 2002
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    "Amazing"

    This book exceeded all my expectations! I went through the entire gamut of emotions in this one! Beautifully done! Can't recommend strongly enough!

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    pamela williams 03-08-15
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    "Heartwarming and life changing story"

    Not often do I actually cry while reading a book...I did with this one.
    Some daughters are blessed with a mother that is like we all wish for.
    Others need to look deeper and look for the love that lies below the surface.

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    Vicki 02-07-15
    Vicki 02-07-15
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    "Fabulous"

    Wonderfully written story of courage, strength in the face of unbelievable hardships, and best of all the hope that on the end all things will be made right. Wonderful reading!!!

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    Stephanie 01-15-15
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    "Such a great story"

    I felt the anger and the frustration and the love it is not often that a story is told in a way that you feel it along with the characters.

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    Donna Cooley 01-02-15
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    "Heartbreaking novel from brilliant author"

    Once again a breath taking story of lives fighting and struggling to make it from one day to the next, secrets held on to for years, joy, sorrow, hate, love, strength poignantly written by Kristin Hannah and brought to life by exemplary narrator Susan Erickson.

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    angie traer, IA, United States 11-03-14
    angie traer, IA, United States 11-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Little drawn out"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Make it more interesting


    What was most disappointing about Kristin Hannah’s story?

    All of her other books that I have read or listened to have been so hard to quit listening to. This one just drags on. Just not enough excitement for me.


    Could you see Winter Garden being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


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    ShariJoy Kansas City 10-29-14
    ShariJoy Kansas City 10-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I have yet to hear a bad story from Kristin Hannah"

    It took me a few chapters to warm up to this one but Kristin Hannah never lets me down! And Susan Ericksen was fabulous!

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    Sky1 denver, co USA 10-22-14
    Sky1 denver, co USA 10-22-14
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    "Don't waste your time"
    If you could sum up Winter Garden in three words, what would they be?

    Soggy, soppy, sloppy writing. Some (very small) good sections, but overall uncompelling and a waste of time listening to this dribble.


    What was most disappointing about Kristin Hannah’s story?

    ...the story


    Any additional comments?

    Demand better writing. Return this book.

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    Joanie Bloomfield, NM, United States 08-04-14
    Joanie Bloomfield, NM, United States 08-04-14

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    "Favorite book of ALL Time!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to many friends and family. Its a must listen!
    The journey this book takes you on is Amazing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter Garden?

    The story telling and change of language thru the book.


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

    Not yet but I will


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

    Do you know your family?


    Any additional comments?

    If you think about stopping the audio like I did...DONT

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    Nancy Beitz 07-23-14
    Nancy Beitz 07-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely loved it!"
    Where does Winter Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Wonderful story filled with surprises, complex human interactions and a healthy smattering of seldom heard history. The performance of the narrator was outstanding in presenting the variety of characters unique voices and dialects.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author carefully unfolded the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to pick one favorite.


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

    Never laughter...tears yes and toward the end relief and joy.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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