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The Nightingale: A Novel

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Polly Stone

17 Hours 30 Minutes

Macmillan Audio

February 2015

Audio Book Summary

In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.

FRANCE, 1939

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.

Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.

With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.

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    War does not usually interest me but seeing it from the innocent peoples perspective was intriguing. Great book and narration.

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    The story was incredibly moving and the narration delivered it beautifully.

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    This book is amazing, breathtaking and heart wrenching. I absolutely loved and will read it again in the future.

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    I was blown away by this story and also the narration. It made me plunge myself deeper into the history of WOII, and since then i read many many smaller yet so valuable stories of people having lived, loved, fought and suffered during this war. Recently I listened again to this book, I just loved it that much.

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  • Susan S

    Powerful book - revisited a subject l would normally shy away from - but you are taken on such a wonderful and emotional journey l highly recommend this book !

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  • Marie P.

    I could not stop listening I love historical fiction and this did not disappoint; graphically reminded me of the privilege-of-time affords those born “free” in “this time” and how fragile taking that for granted could be!

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  • Nikki F.

    One of top 5 books! Amazing!

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    Amazing book of survival and struggle at a time in our history that should never be forgotten. This book will keep you interested from start to finish. Definitely recommend it!

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