The Water Diviner

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5 out of 5 stars
By SKYLAS on 06-18-15

spellbinding beautiful.

I saw.the.film in Fethiye Turkey I was.so pleased to listen to this book, it filled the gaps in this lovely historically accurate book.. I was able.to visualise the missing scenes from the film smiling now....

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-19-15

Ideal holiday listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend this in a heartbeat because it''s a fast-moving narrative, beautifully spoken.

What did you like best about this story?

Jack Thompson, the reader is terrific. He creates terrific characters and really brings the story alive.

Have you listened to any of Jack Thompson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No.

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

I couldn't listen to this in one go but it's tempting to do so if you can.

Any additional comments?

I have yet to see the film but I'd like to see if it's a patch on this. Brilliant.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Avid Reader on 07-23-15

You could feel that you were there...

Overall a great story well crafted and well read. Some of the scenes of the Gallipoli campaign were almost too vivid and it certainly, very effectively highlighted the horrors of World War One. However, do not be put of by this, this book provides good characters and it sensitively explores the impacts of loss of family from war. I have two reservations firstly it was possibly a little unrealistic, in the main character - Connor's, ability to locate his sons and secondly the ending was a bit too convenient. I felt that the authors could have made more of the subplot of the hotel owner and her son.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By scott on 10-19-15

Gripping

Quite possibly the best audio book I've listened to so far! Can't praise it enough.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Sandy on 09-16-15

Enjoyable - Excellent Narrator

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed listening to the first 2/3 of the book, and didn't want to stop listening, so that was definitely time well-spent.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The final 1/3 wandered into the realm of 'tell' instead of 'show' which might work in a screenplay but is boring in a novel. More care needed to be taken towards the end of the book to make it more focused on the literary rather than just a rendering of a film. The plot twists took precedence over everything else and became, if not quite predictable, certainly formulaic, which was a real shame because the first 2/3 of the book held such promise.

What does Jack Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Jack Thompson has an incredible voice! His ability to bring the written word to life is excellent. I could listen to him all day. I wonder if I would have given up if it hadn't been for his narration.

Was The Water Diviner worth the listening time?

Overall, yes, although the final couple of hours really did drag, e.g. plot twists for the sake of plot twists.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to listen to Jack Thompson's narration of another book. He is superb.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Caroline Richardson on 07-12-15

Excellent story

Loved the book and the characters in it! Found it gripping to the end .
Carrie.

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