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Winter Journey | [Diane Armstrong]

Winter Journey

Halina Shore is a Polish born forensic dentist living in Australia. When she travels to Poland to take part in the investigation of a war crime, she finds herself at the center of a bitter struggle in a community that has been divided by a grim legacy. As the investigation proceeds, her professional assignment becomes a confronting personal odyssey as the truth about her own past begins to emerge.
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Publisher's Summary

Halina Shore is a Polish born forensic dentist living in Australia. When she travels to Poland to take part in the investigation of a war crime, she finds herself at the center of a bitter struggle in a community that has been divided by a grim legacy. As the investigation proceeds, her professional assignment becomes a confronting personal odyssey as the truth about her own past begins to emerge.

Inspired by a true incident that took place in Poland in 1941 but was concealed for 60 years, Diane Armstrong's gripping novel is a detective story that is part mystery, part history, and part forensic investigation. It is also a tale of love, loss, and unimaginable sacrifice.

©2005 Diana Armstrong; (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"The best and worst of the human spirit are dredged up in this profoundly moving, compelling, and superbly written story." (Australian Women's Weekly)

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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 03-18-07
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 03-18-07 Member Since 2005
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    "A mixed review"

    First, the good news: the reader was excellent. She was able to bring to life Jewish, Polish, & Australian characters with just the right accents and inflections. Now, the bad news: there were a few too many coincidences for me with regard to the main character; and in the end I realized she would be a much older character than she seems throughout the novel. I do enjoy listening to novels that have some basis in history - so I would still recommend the book even though I found some flaws in the timeline.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Vivian Bastrop, TX, United States 12-07-06
    Vivian Bastrop, TX, United States 12-07-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Its ok"

    I like this book. If it is indeed a true story, it is a remarkable story. It is well written and the characters and their circumstances are good.
    It is not a mystery like most but the ending took me by suprise.
    If there is anything missing, it is something that is missing from most books written about this black period. Soul searching.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sara USA 02-03-08
    Sara USA 02-03-08 Member Since 2008

    No plot spoilers

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    "A great listening experience"

    A captivating story which was beautifully read. This was a book that I took a chance on as I hadn't read a review or heard about it prior to download. At times heart-wrenching but a definite page turner that kept my interest until the last word.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 02-12-11
    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 02-12-11 Member Since 2005

    Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.

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    "Amazing Narrator enhances good story"

    Interesting book, based on a true story about a forensic dentist Halina Shore, from Austrailia, who because of her Polish background, is one of the people chosen to go on war crimes assignment to dig up a mass grave in a town in Poland. The village people are divided and and angry about this intrusion in their lives, because it might show that they, the Poles, were responsible for the 1,000 jews that were burned alive there, and not the Germans, as they claimed.
    Digging up the mass grave, uncovers much more than the answer to the question about who dunnit, it uncovers truths about Halina's own life. Good story, a little confusing at times, with all the names and characters, but an overall a good book.
    Deidre Rubenstein deserves an award for her performance reading this book. Her emotion and skill draw you in. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed reading this one as much as I did listening to it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie PretoriaSouth Africa 07-24-09
    Stephanie PretoriaSouth Africa 07-24-09
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    "Excellent 10 Stars in my view."

    This is one of the best books I bought.
    It is a true story and I can not agree with other poeple that this is over dramitized. I cound not stop listening!!
    Very well written and it give a true reflection of human nature. The reader was excellent. She was able to bring to life Jewish, Polish, & Australian characters with just the right accents and inflections.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Galveston, TX, USA 07-22-09
    Melinda Galveston, TX, USA 07-22-09 Member Since 2009
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    "What a journey!"

    Winter Journey is beautifully written and takes the reader along on the journey of discovery. Though some of the story seems slightly contrived it will play on every emotion you have. The narrator tells the story well and is very committed to the story. Loved it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Vinny Montevallo, AL, United States 06-19-07
    Vinny Montevallo, AL, United States 06-19-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Moving"

    Excellent writing, interesting subject matter and well researched actual events. Very moving.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Thoughts on the book"

    First, the reader gets 5 stars. She was wonderful. The burning of the Jews in the barn was a very sad event and I am glad the author wrote a book about it. The world needs to know about it. However, while listening to the book, there were times that I just wanted to hit the fast forward button. Parts of the book were so melodramatic and half way into the book, you know the truth about the main character. The book would have been better with some abridgement. Also, parts of the book (not related to the burning) were unbelievable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 01-31-11
    Lia Sutton, Australia 01-31-11 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Very Moving Story"

    I really enjoyed this book it was wrtten excellently, interesting subject matter and well researched actual events. Very moving.

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    Cheryl Bartlett, TN, United States 05-05-09
    Cheryl Bartlett, TN, United States 05-05-09
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    "Moving account of some terrible history"

    While I agree that the age of the main character did not jive with the timeline, the storytelling was strong and moving.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Sheila
    Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, United Kingdom
    2/12/08
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    "Winter Journey by Diane Armstrong"

    A substantial and gripping tale, Winter Journey contains many elements, romance, mystery, murder and history. It was no surprise to discover that the theme was based on a horrific event that took place in Poland in 1941. A war crime against the Jews that was covered up for many years. A forensic dentist, Halina knows that when she was very small her mother escaped with her from Poland to Autralia. Her mother was tightlipped about the background to the escape but after her mother`s death and the end of a love affair Halena chose to go to Poland and assist in a war crime investigation. Caught up in the antagonism and resentment of the villagers Halena found an unexpected bond with the local priest, also based on a living person. The discovery of the tragic truth regarding her family was devastating but gradually with the support of her lover Halina came to terms with the past and found the serenity she had always saught. Beautifully read by Deirdre Rubinstein I would have no hesitation in recommending this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • David
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    "Forensic science meets historical fiction"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A gripping work of historical fiction set in 21C Poland uncovers the truth about an appalling atrocity that occurred in a village community during the Second World War. The narrative explores the human capacity for evil - and good, and truth and reconciliation. Halina an Australian forensic odontologist travels to Poland to assist in the excavation of the site of the crime. Gradually the forensic evidence reveals not just uncomfortable truths about the past, but also about Halina and others still alive today.It is not just about the search for truth however, but how to make sense of it, and here Diane Armstrong confronts us with the clash of science and religion. A well researched book based on events that really happened and sympathetically told by Deirdre Rubinstein. A week after finishing the book I still find myself thinking about it - and wondering about the title!
    A good listen, and one that I'll read myself.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Susanna
    1/12/12
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    "Good listen"

    This book tells the story of Halina Shore, a Polish forensic dentist who lives in Australia and travels to Poland to take part in the investigation into a war crime, occurred in the mid forties, against the Jewish population. Once there, she will find out not only about the terrible crimes that took place but also about her own Polish roots. It is a fiction book but based on a real historic fact (the burning alive of around one thousand Jews in a barn in a Polish village). I think it is a really interesting well-narrated story, quite disturbing at certain points. I couldn't put the second part of the book down as I was absorbed by the plot. I found the narrator excellent. On the other hand, there are quite a lot of fiction components mixed up with the tragic real events, so I am not sure if this narration would suit all tastes. For me, it was a worthwhile listen.



    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth Davies
    7/16/08
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    "Just up my street ....."

    I enjoyed this book ... the reader is excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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