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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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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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Good story, but cheesy

I came close to not finishing this story but I’m glad I did because it is a great story. It is written and performed the way I would imagine a Harliquin romance would be - cheesy.
I like that there was emotion in the performance, but it was very dramatic, so much so it took away from a great story

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An interesting concept for the story

The premise for the story is interesting, but poorly written. The narrators were beyond tolerable, in particular the American character, so much histrionics and screeching.

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beautiful

beautiful and sorrowful, this book made me weep and my heart ache. it touched me and taught me about a brutal history I had no knowledge of. It opend my eyes and I am grateful. It was magic and I am very glad that I was able to get a chance to read it.

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Perfect!

An amazing memorable book and historical eye opener. Inhighly recommend.....this would make for an epic movie!

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Engaging story

This book was easy to enjoy. It had great story line and interesting elements of history.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Avis
  • 2021-05-12

A book about an issue of importance

I wasn’t sure at first but kept going and am very glad I did. It is a story from two viewpoints about interracial marriages between our armed force servicemen and host country woman with the resulting mixed blood children. I learned a lot about Japanese culture and the fate of children conceived by a soldier and a Japanese woman
It was a bit preachy at times and the American viewpoint a little over dramatic but in the end a satisfying story that made me cry more than a few times

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  • Santa Fe Lady
  • 2021-04-22

Terrible narrator

I really enjoyed the story line but one of the two narrators was terrible, the one reading the American girl's voice....just awful. I believe that was Lauren Ezzo. Way too dramatic. I struggled through the book because I liked the story line but her reading was atrocious.

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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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  • GoGreen!
  • 2022-01-09

Dumb ending

I enjoyed listening to it until the last few chapters
A Japanese accent speaking English doesn’t sound like a Russian would. The accent was way off.
But the worst is the unanswered questions and somehow we’re supposed to find peace with it. Especially the biggest question of what happened

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  • Marie G.
  • 2021-10-23

Beautiful, Moving, Exquisitely Written

A beautifully written story, so full of emotion, that I found myself holding back tears at times. This story seamlessly intertwines the past and futures of fathers, mothers, daughters, husbands and wives.

I found the voice of “Pops” to be annoying, but otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed this story; so much in fact, that I went through the whole thing in about a day — I carried my phone with me and listened every chance I got!

I’m dying to share this story with MY older sister, whom I only found a few years ago. I know she will understand and appreciate it in the same way only two sisters who found each other late in life can.

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  • kaye mazzia
  • 2021-07-06

Couldn't put this book down.

This had been one of my favorite books I have read this summer and would highly recommend it. I loved how the book went back and forth between present day and 1957 Japan. I captured my attention from the very beginning and I couldn't put it down.

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  • madison
  • 2021-03-24

Great story telling

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I listened almost straight through. The transition between time periods were easy to follow.