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Winter Garden

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Kristin Hannah

Narrated By: Susan Ericksen

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: February 2010

Duration: 14 hours 41 minutes


Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family business; the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, these two estranged sisters will find themselves together again, standing alongside their disapproving mother, Anya, who even now offers no comfort to her daughters. On his deathbed, their father extracts a promise: Anya will tell her daughters a story; it is one she began years ago and never finished. This time she will tell it all the way to the end. The tale their mother tells them is unlike anything they've heard before-a captivating, mysterious love story that spans more than sixty years and moves from frozen, war-torn Leningrad to modern-day Alaska. Nina's obsession to uncover the truth will send them all on an unexpected journey into their mother's past, where they will discover a secret so shocking, it shakes the foundation of their family and changes who they believe they are. Mesmerizing from beginning to end, Winter Garden is that rarest of novels - at once an epic love story and an intimate portrait of women poised at the crossroads of their lives. Evocative, lyrically written, and ultimately uplifting, it will haunt the listener long after the last word is spoken.


  • Rachelle S.

    Excellent book could not put it down. Highly recommend this book. Was sad when it was Kristin's books !!!

  • Candy G.

    Needed an edit. Too much repetition in the first 2/3rds of the book. Had to hand on til the end to find out the mystery.

  • Cindy L.

    Winter Garden was a disappointment after Nightingale. The first two thirds of the book kept repeating the same thing over and over. I'm glad I hung on till the end even though I was ready to quit listening. I have enjoyed a number of Kristin Hannah's books and have learned they start out VERY slowly only to turn a corner and make me sit in my car long after I've gotten to my destination just so I hear what happens next! Throughout the first part of Winter Garden I kept reminding myself it should get better...and it did.

  • Cynthia W

    I did not like this book at all, which is unusual for me. Mostly I've really enjoyed all the audiobooks I've listened to even if they were not great stories. For me, I think that a combination of things made this book very hard to get through, but mainly the story itself was so boring. Six hours into the book and nothing had really happened to set up the story or keep the reader interested. Both the mother and the 2 sisters were really 2 dimensional characters and the relationship between them was very annoying. I, too, bought this book because I listened to the Nightingale, which was amazing. Winter garden cannot even come close. It's tough to say that the narrator was the issue because the book itself and the characters were so bad.

  • Patricia M

    This book was great from the beginng to end. I did not want to stop listening. It is well written and well read.

  • kim m

    Loved this book! Heart wrenching but truly beautiful story.

  • Angie Teal

    I did not like the book mostly because I could not get to like the female characters. while it is not important to like the characters the reader should at least care about what happens to them and I really did not. I skipped ahead to the end because I never leave a book unfinished, but did not go back to read the middle. Still I like Kristin Hannah's writing style and found the part about the Leningrad war zone interesting, therefore three stars.

  • carly ridge

    I loved every second of this story. Beautiful and heartbreaking I cried the entire time.

  • Shelley Farber

    I was in tears almost the whole time!

  • Brittny Hutton

    Get through the first half, it is worth it! Wonderful, haunting story.