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The Woman in the White Kimono

By: Ana Johns
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
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Oceans and decades apart, two women are inextricably bound by the secrets between them.

Japan, 1957. Seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura’s prearranged marriage to the son of her father’s business associate would secure her family’s status in their traditional Japanese community, but Naoko has fallen for another man - an American sailor, a gaijin - and to marry him would bring great shame upon her entire family. When it’s learned Naoko carries the sailor’s child, she’s cast out in disgrace and forced to make unimaginable choices with consequences that will ripple across generations.

America, present day. Tori Kovac, caring for her dying father, finds a letter containing a shocking revelation - one that calls into question everything she understood about him, her family and herself. Setting out to learn the truth behind the letter, Tori’s journey leads her halfway around the world to a remote seaside village in Japan, where she must confront the demons of the past to pave a way for redemption.

In breathtaking prose and inspired by true stories from a devastating and little-known era in Japanese and American history, The Woman in the White Kimono illuminates a searing portrait of one woman torn between her culture and her heart, and another woman on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.

©2019 Ana Johns (P)2019 Harlequin Audio

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  • Nancy San Jose, CA
  • 04-08-19

Lovely story but narrator annoying

I liked this book...it is written beautifully. However, the narrator who voiced the American daughter (Tori) was very annoying to me. Just my personal feeling, but I found her to be very dramatic and pretentious—especially during emotional scenes. I just didn’t find the crack in her voice or emotions to be genuine. Her voice imitations of her father and other male characters were cringe-worthy (I physically cringed). Again, just my perception. Overall, the book was well written and i enjoyed it...perhaps not audio form, though.

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  • David Meier
  • 07-05-20

DO NOT LISTEN! Decent story, HORRIBLE narration!!!

Decent story but the narration will make you lose your mind, or your ears bleed! EVERY word is over dramatized. The effort it takes to hear the story through the DRAMA of the voices is NOT worth the time to listen. Absolutely HATED this book based purely on the reader. Find something better for your money/credits/time.

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  • Eric Nakahara
  • 25-01-20

Good story, narration ?

Good overall story, so I rated a 4. I rated performance low due to the narrator. There were actually times I hit fast forward to get through the overly emotional, high pitched and breathy reading. There were too many sections read like this that could have been read a little less dramatically. I would recommend this book to friends to read.

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  • Marylorraine A. Spruill
  • 29-08-20

Warning!!! It’s Super Sade at the End

OMG such a good book at the end and so SAD!!
Highly recommended for a credit

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  • June Young
  • 08-08-20

Good story bad narration

The story was good but the ‘male’ voices were irritating & embarrassing. Listen to this book if you can ignore the narration.

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  • Laurie
  • 06-08-20

Tedious

No one is interested in every minute action — a sniff, a finger nail scrape — and every passing thought of the main characters. It goes on and on and on. The thoughts are repetitive, annoying and frequently flagrant reminders of the purpose of the book. This must be because in all the monotony the author must realize the reader has probably already forgotten why they are listening. This book could have been cut. And cut. A decent editor could have improved it. The plot is not bad, but the method of telling is maddening!

The readers aren’t to blame; there is really nothing they can do to improve this book. However, the male voices leave something to be desired. The Japanese journalist sounds German. The American father, Jim, sounds like he’s chewing a cud of tobacco.

Would have loved to give this book a better rating but the tedium ... the tedium. The actions should tell most of the story. If you have to gab about every. Single. Feeling. Every. Moment. Then you need to go back to writing class. Oh. My.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-08-19

Amazing!!

Heartwrenching and beautiful story filled with highs and lows. Too many similarities with my own father's story.