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The Nightingale: Bravery, Courage, Fear and Love in a Time of War

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Polly Stone

17 Hours 21 Minutes

Pan Macmillan

May 2015

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The New York Times number one bestselling title.
Bravery, courage, fear and love in a time of war.
Despite their differences, sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Viann finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.
As the war progresses, the sisters' relationship and strength is tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.
Vivid and exquisite in its illumination of a time and place that was filled with atrocities, but also humanity and strength, Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale will provoke thought and discussion that will have listeners talking long after they finish listening.

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  • Kirsten S.

    World War II fiction demonstrating the strength of bonds, both familial and not. I reminder that has its eye on us and we much all nurture and maintain our humanity no matter the cost.

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  • Mayzie H.

    Love love love!

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  • Judith Malek E.

    I'm not quite finished with this book and although I want to read it every chance I get, there's also part of me that doesn't want to finish. The storyline and the characters have captivated me from beginning to end, and the narration is superb! Since my grandfather emigrated from Poland at the tender age of 17, I'm extremely interested in how the Poles (including his parents and sister) were effected by World War II. I've even been to Auschwitz. But I never realized how extensively France was occupied, and how much those poor people suffered. And then there's the Jews... I shake my head in disbelief that such an awful thing could have occurred throughout Europe in my parents' lifetime. My heart goes out to all those who were forced to lived through it.

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  • Cathy B.

    Totally absorbing from beginning to end. I have never been so moved by a piece of writing. I found myself totally lost in this horrendous story of life in occupied France during the 2nd world war. I had read the history before but a story with such vivid characters made it very real. I learned that everyone of us can find ourselves doing extraordinary things in times of prolonged stress and duress - good and bad comes to the surface and can change one for life. Excellent writing from Kristin Hannah and very well narrated by Polly Stone - this is a must-read!

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