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
"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)
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....
I'd recommend this in a heartbeat because it''s a fast-moving narrative, beautifully spoken.
Jack Thompson, the reader is terrific. He creates terrific characters and really brings the story alive.
I couldn't listen to this in one go but it's tempting to do so if you can.
I have yet to see the film but I'd like to see if it's a patch on this. Brilliant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Overall, yes, although the final couple of hours really did drag, e.g. plot twists for the sake of plot twists.
I can't wait to listen to Jack Thompson's narration of another book. He is superb.
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
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.
"An engrossing story"
A very good listen that taught me some history!
There were some graphic injury descriptions. The characters were thoroughly enjoyable.
"Good but long"
I loved the story but I thought some of the dialog was filler and only lengthen the story rather than enhance. I still enjoyed and recommend it to my friends
The narration was very well done. As a Canadian listening to this Australian story with the clear but true Australian accent made this good story an excellent one.
"A thoroughly enjoyable experience"
very well written, wonderful geographic details, excellent narrator I will listen to it again, soon
"slow start building to great heights"
Had trouble getting started but it was worth the effort. Painfully beautiful story of the horror of war followed by a love born from loss.
"End notes were fascinating. Now want to listen again."
Intriguing relationships. Across ages and races. Loved it. Listen to how the book was written in the end comments. Fascinating
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