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The Nightingale: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Kristin Hannah

Narrated By: Polly Stone

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: February 2015

Duration: 17 hours 30 minutes


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.


  • Ellen V

    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 !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Cara M

    I was hooked from the start, and the intrigue just kept building! Excellent book.

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  • Monica L

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Emily W

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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Daryl B.

    An enjoyable listen. Writing is good but not great. A number of cliché characters. Narrator does a good job.

  • Diana H.

    Moving story-telling. Thick with heartbreak, strong characters, great narration. Amidst endless stories of WWII, this stands out. Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster.

  • Sylvie B.

    Absolutely loved it!

  • Veronica J.

    I was immersed from the start. The story was thought provoking as it drives home a perspective that was not fully represented from that horrific time. It made my heart race, break, and fill with love for these characters. As a women, you will admire the strength, loyalty, and straight up guts that the women who actually did survive Hitler had to have demonstrated. It is a Wow read that you’ll remember.

  • Joanne R.

    Excellent story for people who never experienced war before. The sacrifices that not only soldiers make but also civilians. You felt like you were living right along side of the characters.

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