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Publisher's Summary

When the Great War ends, Joshua Connor, a grieving farmer and sometime water diviner from the Mallee in Victoria, sets out to fulfil his wife's dying wish – to travel to Gallipoli to recover the bodies of his three sons and bury them in consecrated ground.
Crescent collides with cross, and hope with reason as he discovers that his eldest son, Art, may still be alive. When Connor makes a desperate dash into the perilous heart of Anatolia one question haunts him: if Art is alive, why hasn't he come home?
This is not a war novel, not even an anti-war novel. Instead it focuses on the battles that go on inside the hearts and minds of a small group of Australians and Turks as they struggle to bury their dead and rebuild their lives after the First World War. The story is based on first-hand resources, diaries and official records.
©2014 Andrew Anastasios (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Veteran Australian actor Jack Thompson narrates his first audiobook with dazzling success.... Thompson's subtle performance expresses the fierce passions of the characters with powerful resonance. The audiobook simply sweeps you up and tangles you in an extraordinary story.... Powerful to the end, this is a listening saga that stays with you." ( AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Benjamin on 02-16-16

Emotional Odyssey

The whole thing was a journey of experience. Just when you think you know the tone, a chapter changes the way you feel, which isn't a bad thing. Without a doubt, the confession towards the end was the most heartwrenching part of the whole experience but is quickly overshadowed by the books final resolution. This is truly a fantastic tale of loss and renewal. Loved it

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5 out of 5 stars
By Goooofy Girl on 02-11-16

Beautiful

This is a beautifully written story about the commonalities in our differences. Men and women, Muslims and Christians, soldiers and civilians...loss, love, tenderness, and hatred follow no such divisionss.

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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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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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By Gabrielle on 02-13-16

How can I ever find another book of this caliber again!

I recently watched The Water Diviner and was so moved by the movie I went in search of the book. As a busy mum I chose the audiobook and I have been so captivated by every word I've taken to wearing head phones around the house as I hang the washing and weed my garden!
The fact that an Aussie legend reads (Jack) adds to the alluring flavour (mind you I was picturing Russell and the actors from his movie as I listened!). I recommend this treasure to everyone!! It's that good!
It paints both countries with a eloquent, realistic, deep and enthralling brush strokes. It made me both proud to be an Australian and eager to learn more about the Istanbul side of the story. I've never thought of the losses of anywhere else, in school we only ever learnt about our ANZAC's so I'm grateful for this reason to have experienced this masterpiece of literature.
I loved it and I sit here now both fulfilled yet devastated that it ended.
Thank you.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on 05-26-15

On a magic carpet ride

The Water Diviner was indeed a magical ride back and forth into our historical past and the present.

The story sees our main character, Joshua Connor, a grieving father/farmer/water diviner from the Mallee in Victoria, who leaves everything he knows and sets out to fulfil his wife's dying wish and travels to Gallipoli to recover the bodies of his adored 3 sons and bury them in consecrated ground.

The iconic Aussie, Jack Thompson utilises his award winning acting talents to take you on this incredibly moving, yet uplifting journey together with Joshua, showing us inside the man and experiencing the raw pain of a heartbroken father/husband who has lost everything he thought was his to own.

With nothing to lose, he leaves the world he has always known and is thrust into an alien unknown new world, fuelled by a blinding mission to find his sons bodies among the 1000's lost at the Gallipoli landing. He meets some wonderfully colourful characters who scratch at the hard exterior of the broken man and who, through persistence, kindness, decency and honour aide him in his quest and eventually break through his reserve and befriend him. It is a very different Joshua Connor that emerges at the end of this story.

It is a tale of great sadness but also one of hope and joy as the author shows us that life is both transient but nevertheless precious to those that hold us dear.

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