The Water Diviner

  • by Andrew Anastasios, Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios
  • Narrated by Jack Thompson
  • 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Rich words and spoken by a gifted orator.

I had already watched the movie but when I saw this was read by Jack Thompson then I new the
Performance would be divine Australian in the
The also story came back life for me by the rich works and amazing command of the English language written unlike any book I know.
Thank you to all those who made this possible!
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- Adam

How can I ever find another book of this caliber again!

I recently watched The Water Diviner and was so moved by the movie I went in search of the book. As a busy mum I chose the audiobook and I have been so captivated by every word I've taken to wearing head phones around the house as I hang the washing and weed my garden!
The fact that an Aussie legend reads (Jack) adds to the alluring flavour (mind you I was picturing Russell and the actors from his movie as I listened!). I recommend this treasure to everyone!! It's that good!
It paints both countries with a eloquent, realistic, deep and enthralling brush strokes. It made me both proud to be an Australian and eager to learn more about the Istanbul side of the story. I've never thought of the losses of anywhere else, in school we only ever learnt about our ANZAC's so I'm grateful for this reason to have experienced this masterpiece of literature.
I loved it and I sit here now both fulfilled yet devastated that it ended.
Thank you.
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- Gabrielle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-01-2015
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd