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Author: Tim Wynne-Jones Narrator: Todd Haberkorn Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2015 ISBN: 9781491588420
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The ghosts of war reverberate across the generations in a riveting, time-shifting story within a story from acclaimed thriller writer Tim Wynne-Jones.

When Evan’s father dies suddenly, Evan finds a hand-bound yellow book on his desk—a book his dad had been reading when he passed away. The book is the diary of a Japanese soldier stranded on a small Pacific island in WWII. Why was his father reading it? What is in this account that Evan’s grandfather, whom Evan has never met before, fears so much that he will do anything to prevent its being seen? And what could this possibly mean for Evan? In a pulse-quickening mystery evoking the elusiveness of truth and the endurance of wars passed from father to son, this engrossing novel is a suspenseful, at times terrifying listen from award-winning author Tim Wynne-Jones.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers will be swept up quickly in the tense relationship between Evan and Griff, as well as the unlikely friendship between enemy soldiers fighting for survival in a surreal landscape. Without spelling out the metaphoric significance of the story within the story, Wynne-Jones provides enough hints for readers to make connections and examine the lines between war and peace, as well as hate and love.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An accomplished wordsmith, Wynne-Jones achieves an extraordinary feat: he eliminates the hidden depths of personalities and families through a mesmerizing blend of realism and magic.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Narrator Todd Haberkorn transitions between characters, times, and places in an audiobook that weaves two narratives. Evan, a high school student, is stunned by his father’s sudden death and confused about a newly arrived book that seems connected to it. Haberkorn contrasts this somber numbness with a sarcasm that barely contains Evan’s fury when his caustic grandfather arrives. Haberkorn’s portrayal of the cantankerous ninety-year-old ex-Marine is laced with unexpressed grief, a subtlety missed by his grandson…Haberkorn gracefully enacts this story’s complexities, shifting between lightly accented Japanese and the soldiers’ fearful reactions to supernatural beings. Author and narrator bring the novel’s two strands together in a poignant climax. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Tim Wynne-Jones is an award-winning writer of numerous YA novels, including The Uninvited. He lives in Ontario.

About the Narrator

Todd Haberkorn is an actor and winner of seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has created unique voices for a variety of characters for cartoons and video games. Add to this a healthy production life in front of and behind the camera as well as partaking in theater arts on stage, and he has had the pleasure of a wonderful career in the entertainment industry thus far. When he isn’t working on a production of some kind, he travels the globe talking about those productions.