The Nightingale (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)

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By Kristin Hannah, Polly Stone (Read by)
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When I initially looked at Nightingale by Kristen Hannah, I thought two things; 1) Oh no, ANOTHER World War II novel and 2) Holy crap! Kristen Hannah wrote a WWII novel?! Because of those two things, I picked it up thinking I'd give it the old college try, and I am SO glad that I did. Hannah's writing style is not her normal beach reading type, but rather a completely captivating and mysterious type that left me wanting to do nothing but continue reading.

The story focuses on France during the Nazi invasion in the 1940's and two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, who did not have such a great upringing because of the first world war. When Vianne's husband is called to war she is left with their daughter, Sophie, and eventually the strong-willed and extremely independent Isabelle. As to be expected, the sisters go through trial after trial and tribulation after tribulation whilst trying to navigate through the Nazi invasion. The reader experiences everything alongside Vianne and Isabelle from the cold winters to a Nazi commander taking up residence with them.

Kristen Hannah has written an absolute historic and magical gem that I could not peel myself away from. I have read many world war novels and non-fiction works alike, but I have not been as drawn in quite as much as I was to Nightingale.

— Kirstyn

February 2015 Indie Next List

“Filled with sacrifice, betrayal, suspense, courage, and ultimately, forgiveness, The Nightingale offers a haunting glimpse of what it was like for women to survive during WWII. Set in a small town in France, The Nightingale tells the alternating stories of two sisters, their father, and the friends and enemies that occupy their lives during this tragic period of history. Based on a true story, The Nightingale weaves a riveting tale around the heroism of Isabelle, a young woman who serves as a key player in the underground Resistance, and her sister, Viann, who is back home under German occupation, near starvation and struggling to save Jewish children. In the end, however, perhaps this novel is more about the sisterly bonds of love that, although stretched to the limit, still endure. You will not forget the song of The Nightingale.”
— Marnie Mamminga, Redbery Books, Cable, WI

Product Details
ISBN: 9781427263285
ISBN-10: 1427263280
Publisher: MacMillan Audio
Publication Date: February 1st, 2015
Language: English

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