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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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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 03-18-07
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 03-18-07 Member Since 2012
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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.

    25 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 02-04-16
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 02-04-16 Member Since 2017

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "Slow start, got better"

    I also gave up on this book in the first two hours. It just wasn't grabbing me and seemed to be more "blah blah blah" than story development. It did get better and I am glad I finished it, but I wish the beginning of the story was better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Tierney 02-05-08
    J. Tierney 02-05-08

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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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    Andre Ithaca, NY, United States 12-02-10
    Andre Ithaca, NY, United States 12-02-10 Listener Since 2003
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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.

    15 of 25 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.

    16 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 02-20-07
    Mary 02-20-07 Member Since 2016
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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.

    8 of 14 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 9 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.

    5 of 9 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.

    10 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    phyl 08-12-17
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    "Loved!!!"

    Was an interesting read with and great story that kept you interested until the end.

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