The Nightingale

The Nightingale

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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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.
Publisher: [New York] :, Macmillan Audio,, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
Description: 1 online resource (1 audio file (17 hr., 19 min., 54 sec.))
ISBN: 9781427252388
Additional Contributors: Stone, Polly (Narrator)

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IndyPL_JarrodR Feb 02, 2019

There are not enough superlatives to fully cature this work of fiction.

Exceptional writing, heartbreaking story, and richly fleshed-out characters. This one is not for the faint of heart. Over the course of the story, you will be placed in the tumult of WWII but will see the events through the eyes of two exceptional human beings.

The audio version of this book rises to the level of the storyline. The voice acting, including the accents and emotions of the characters, helps to make the story come alive.

Voilà. The Nightingale. It is as good as they say.

Dec 04, 2018

I found this book tedious, repetitive and most insulting to my time, it was poorly written. Achingly overreaching for prose, flowery similes & metaphors, and not additive to the story. Yet ANOTHER book where flipping between the (near) present and mostly the past is a tiresome construction that authors seem to use lately that adds nothing. I wanted to stop by the 5-10 chapter (of 39!) but finished this 600+ page "tome", as it's a book club assignment. Yes, this story is supposed to highlight the female viewpoint of the war experience, but the sisters seemed so incredibly stupid. When it came to reacting/behaving to the increasing horrors of the war and repeatedly putting themselves at risk, their characters were not believable nor sympathetic. I was more interested in the secondary characters: the other woman in the resistance or the father's backstory. The love story just seemed thrown in for the benefit of a potential screenplay deal. And the younger sister who's so compelled to do something "important" and not be interested in silly boys, in the end all she can say is, "I used to be pretty" - wow, negates the whole feminist rationale for this book.

tch2917 Jun 08, 2018

Long after this audiobook ended, the characters, the horrors, losses and sacrifices of WWII and the illumination of the overwhelming vitality of love in life stayed with me! I have not read such a good book in a long time! I rooted for and cried with these characters and gasped as the twists and surprises encountered! Highly recommended!

Jun 07, 2018

Absolutely adored this book. I read Kristin Hannah’s firefly lane and this book blew it out of the water. Well done and kept my attention. The reader for the audiobook held my attention as well.

Nov 25, 2017

I gave up on this one. It trivialized and romanticized the dangers of the War. Not my cup of tea. Guess this author isn't for me.

May 26, 2017

June 2017 selection for the Between the Lines Book Discussion Group

PMPL_AnaC Aug 26, 2016

It had been a long time since a book made me cry. I loved its strong female characters, the amazing edge-of-the-seat pacing. It was worthy of tears, sniffs and I held my breath at many passages. Devastatingly amazing.

Aug 14, 2016

It is an interesting part of WW2 that is not often talked about. I cared about each character in the book. The first 2/3 of the book I really enjoyed. The last 1/3 was pretty good, but the time moved faster in it, so things were skipped. I am sure this will be a good movie when it is made. This book showed the complexities of war, sacrifice, and love. The fact that the two sisters are roughly inspired by real people made this book feel more real.

Apr 30, 2016

It had been a long time since a book made me cry. I loved its strong female characters, the amazing edge-of-the-seat pacing. It was worthy of tears, sniffs and I held my breath at many passages. Devastatingly amazing.

vitkusl Mar 19, 2016

This is the best book I've read in years. I cried through the last chapter.

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May 23, 2019

“Ask for help when you need it, and give help when you can.”
― Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

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