The Widow and Her Hero

  • by Tom Keneally
  • Narrated by Beverley Dunn, David Tredinnick
  • 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Grace married the genial and handsome Captain Leo Waterhouse in Australia in 1943, they were young, in love - and at war. Like many other young men and women, they were ready, willing and able to put the war effort first. They never seriously doubted that they would come through unscathed.But Leo never returned from a commando mission masterminded by his own hero figure, an eccentric and charismatic man who inspired total loyalty from those under his command. The world moved on to new alliances, leaving Grace, like so many widows, to bear the pain of losing the love of her life and wonder what it had all been for.Sixty years on, Grace is still haunted by the tragedy of her doomed hero when the real story of his ill-fated secret mission is at last unearthed. As new fragments of her hero's story emerge, Grace is forced to keep revising her picture of what happened to Leo and his fellow commandoes - until she learns about the final piece in the jigsaw, and the ultimate betrayal.As absorbing as it is moving, this timely novel reminds us of the terrible costs of war as it questions why men so willingly and fatally adopt the heroic code.

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Summary misleading.

I downloaded the book for my mother in law, because the summary suggested the book is sort of 'n war love story. She was really disappointed, because she said the book is more about war statistics, like the names of ships and the names of officers and what they did during the war. She didn't finish the book and that seldom happens with her.
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- Jan

Definately not "Unbroken"

Very different from "Unbroken." You know from the start that it will end in disaster for the Australian commandos and it's very sad and difficult to listen to how events played out. The print version got great reviews, but for me this was just too tough a listen. The accent of the narrator seems completely British to my ear, which didn't seem to really fit the story.
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- L. Lyter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-06-2010
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd