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Publisher's Summary

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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Beautiful writing style.

I guess I'm tired of pregnancy ruining every storyline involving women. I was hoping for a historical fiction about the culture and day to day living of Japan and women without pregnancy derailing it. There's a lot of screaming in the audiobook. So it makes for unpleasant listening in your headphones. I will be paying way closer attention to the description before selecting titles in the future. Now I actually Google 'women's historical fiction and adventure WITHOUT pregnancy storylines' when looking for new tales so I can actually enjoy my book and the subject matter... Ugh.

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one of the best books I have listened to. the narrator bought the the story to life.

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Dramatic narration

The story was interesting but I found the narrator's voice was too overwrought and dramatic. it seemed as if the reader was trying too hard to differentiate the various characters by raising her voice or talking in the back of her throat which I found very distracting.

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amazing story but also sad! I loved this book

such good book I couldn't stop listening highly reccomend this book! loved the narrator as well

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An amazing story about forbidden love and loss

Such a sad reality for so many unwed girls who were in love or not carrying babies. I've been to the baby shrine the story speaks of and it is a haunting feeling to see so many of the babies.

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Amazing Story

I wanted to read something different from what i normally read. i decided on this book. I thought I will learn a little about Japanese culture and traditions.
The story was confusing at first going back and forth between back in 1957 and present time. As I got into the story more and more - I could not "put the book down". I wanted to know what happened next. The performance was fantastic. I felt like I watched really great movie.
Amazing book, story and performance.
Thank you

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A breathe taking story

The woman in the white kimono is a beautiful story. I wish everyone could read and understand this story. It tells a story history has tried to hide but needs to be heard.

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Interesting story

Another good story almost ruined by the narrator who tended to be overly dramatic which I found to be distracting. But the story was interesting and engaging.

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I couldn't stop listening! Loved the story.

There were two narrators. During a few moments I sensed "over acting" but over all it was an excellent listen.

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Amazing Must Read

What an amazing story Tragic inspirational and beautiful all at once. A book I have recommended over and over

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  • Nancy San Jose, CA
  • 2019-08-04

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
  • 2020-05-07

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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  • Laurie
  • 2020-08-06

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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  • Eric Nakahara
  • 2020-01-25

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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  • Sally
  • 2021-02-02

Annoying Narration

Almost returned this book because the narrator for “present day” was so annoying. Her male voices were like fingernails on a chalkboard. S

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  • Michael Allison
  • 2020-10-14

Amazingly told, if Sad and Dark Story

This was a very engaging story. I was hooked after just a few chapters and cold not stop listening to it. The characters are very well fleshed out, and you gain a deep understanding of them from the get go. You feel for them and what they are both going through. You wish beyond anything, even though you know it is impossible, for something good to come out of all this and for them to have a happy ending.

And here is the one thing that just...stung me: the Ending. I will not spoil anything, but suffice it to say do not expect a happy ending. It is thematically appropriate and well written of course, but the ending still felt like a gut punch to me, and truth be told I go back and forth debating if I would have gotten the book if I knew just how it would all end.

That is Not me saying stay away though. If you are ok with sad endings and are prepared for an emotional roller coaster, then this book is no doubt for you. The narrators do an amazing job, the pacing is great, and i look forward to future books from the author.

Overall, 4/5 seems like a fair assessment. I hope you enjoy if you decide to purchase.

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  • Marylorraine A. Spruill
  • 2020-08-29

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
  • 2020-08-08

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-16

Amazing!!

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