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Winter Journey Audiobook

Winter Journey

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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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    jennifer safley 01-20-16
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    "Wonderful book"

    I really enjoyed this gripping novel. Piecing together the lives and hardship of each was moving. So glad I listened to this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Tierney Berkeley, CA 02-05-08
    J. Tierney Berkeley, CA 02-05-08 Member Since 2015

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    "Worth the Read, Age of Protagonist Doesn't Jive"

    I too enjoyed the narrator and appreciated the recounting of this important story. I kept having to check historical events, as the protagonist mentions contemporary happenings, such as the Pope's visit to Poland. That made me place the age of the storyteller at 70 or more, much too old for some of the adventures and romantic interludes described. But maybe not? Or maybe it was written ten years ago, or more. Otherwise, a great book and narrator.

    14 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Dixie SPRINGFIELD, OR, United States 06-14-15
    Dixie SPRINGFIELD, OR, United States 06-14-15
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    "An amazing book"

    This story is mesmerizing from start to finish. It captures a horrific piece of history in such a human way and helps the reader to experience it as it happens. The characters are well drawn and so human as to make the reader feel he or she is in the same room with them. A must read for everyone.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Toronto, Canada 05-09-11
    Matthew Toronto, Canada 05-09-11 Member Since 2015
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    "starts off okay but then descends into schlock"

    Starts off okay but then it gets very predictable and a bit over the top. I was engaged for the first half, but then I just couldn't take it any more and had to put it down

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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.

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    Andre Ithaca, NY, United States 12-02-10
    Andre Ithaca, NY, United States 12-02-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Heart rending crime"

    After the first 15 minutes, I was not able to listen to the rest of this book. It probably is well written and compelling, but the horrendous Nazi crimes (with Polish assistance) about to be detailed was more than I could bear.

    13 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Spicewood, TX, United States 12-13-09
    Janet Spicewood, TX, United States 12-13-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Tedious with an annoying protagonist"

    In light of the keystone tragedy in the story, the main character's personal crisis is narcissistic and in self-pitying. The author tends to state (and re-state) the obvious and by over-explaining the characters and the science she leaves little suspense and nothing for the reader to discover. Not recommended.

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    petro crause 12-08-15
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    "Harrowing, and riveting."

    I could not stop listening. The first few chapters were a bit of a slog, as the story took a while to develop. However, as the plot progressed (or, perhaps, regressed), I found myself to be involved into the soul of the book. Does good triumph over evil in the end? Can tears and confessions ever erase the pain of the past? I found this not to be the case. Time only dims memories, not pain.

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    Caryl SPRING VALLEY, MN, United States 06-23-09
    Caryl SPRING VALLEY, MN, United States 06-23-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Good read, well written"

    Honest protrayal of main character very believeable. Well woven fictional story, using some of the truths of life during World War II and after.

    4 of 7 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.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful

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