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
ISBN: 9781427252388
1427252386
Characteristics: audio file
1 online resource (1 sound file (17 hr., 19 min., 54 sec.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Stone, Polly (Narrator)

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PJD
Oct 17, 2017

I can't even remember the last time a book had me in tears at the end!

vpazreads Oct 16, 2017

Grab a box of tissues and immerse yourself in this riveting story about two sisters forced to face the hardships of Nazi-occupied France, discovering inner strength and learning what "family" truly means.

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katewickk
Oct 11, 2017

The book was well written and kept me turning the page. However I am very unhappy that there is an explicit rape described in the book. That is not okay to have in a book and makes for a disturbing read. Mentioning that she got raped is one thing, describing it is another. I think its very harmful and degrading to woman and the less rape crammed into our "entertainment" the better.

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happycanuck
Sep 10, 2017

Excellent story - holds your attention and emotions throughout.

AL_KATI Aug 24, 2017

Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy this novel. I just found some of the plot and pacing a bit off and it didn't always work for me. I think "Winter Garden" is Hannah's stronger novel.

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SUSIEQ3
Aug 08, 2017

Brilliant, beautiful, and terrifying...... highly recommended, and we must never forget the realities of war on the human heart and soul.

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lizhelboe
Jul 24, 2017

I enjoyed the story about the role of the Nightingales during the Second World War. I have read other books on the occupation of France by the Nazis that I may have enjoyed more- this book was a bit more superficial and some of the story lines didn't seem very plausible but it still was a decent story.

blue_bear_5114 Jul 22, 2017

The most touching and well written book I have read. It described the hardships of war and how it affected women in the most vivid way. I could not put this book down after I picked it up. It made me feel like I was living in the 1940s and had me hold my friends and family closer after I finished reading it.

samdog123 Jul 10, 2017

A stunning read and so well-researched by author Kristin Hannah. Two sisters in WWII occupied France, deal with the devastation to their family and their very existence. One sister, Isabelle becomes involved with the French resistance, while Vianne stays in the quiet country village but even there, she cannot escape the effects of the war. The ending was so well done and brought me to tears.

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pharra19
Jul 10, 2017

A phenomenal book! As another reader said, this book reminded me of why I love to read.

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AL_CHRISTINE Apr 24, 2017

Wounds heal. Love lasts. We remain.

AL_CHRISTINE Apr 22, 2017

She wouldn't have understood how dark a side of love could have, how hiding it was the kindest thing you could do sometimes.

M_ALCOTT Feb 20, 2015

"If you're going through hell, keep going."-Winston Churchill

M_ALCOTT Feb 20, 2015

"If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are."-Vianne

M_ALCOTT Feb 20, 2015

"Some stories don't have happy endings. Even love stories. Maybe especially love stories."-Micheline

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AL_CHRISTINE Apr 24, 2017

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Aug 31, 2015

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SPL_Brittany Dec 12, 2016

“In love we find out who we want to be… in war we find out who we are”.

France 1939, Vianne Mauriac lives in the French countryside village of Carriveau with her husband Antoine and their young daughter Sophie. When war breaks out, Antoine is called away to the front leaving Vianne and Sophie alone and vulnerable. When a German Nazi captain billets at their house, Vianne and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money, danger escalates all around them, and she is forced to make one impossible decision after another.

Passionate, impulsive and rash, Isabelle is kicked out of yet another boarding school and flees to Paris to live with her father only to be told that she is to help Vianne in Carriveau. While Isabelle and Vianne struggle to mend their relationship, Isabelle struggles with desperately wanting to play a role in the French resistance yet knowing that in doing so puts Vianne and Sophie at risk. Throughout the war Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a war that changes their world in horrific ways, each embarking on their own dangerous path toward survival, love and freedom in Nazi occupied war-torn France.

Kristin Hannah writes a sweeping and captivating tale of France during the Second World War shifting between the perspectives of Vianne and Isabelle. It is a novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit, and focuses on the role women played during the war. It is a novel that tests the bonds of love, family and friendship. Hannah slowly weaves her magic and by the end of the novel your emotions will be engaged and you will be captivated by her storytelling. This is a novel that will stay with you for a long after you have read it.

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mardscott
Jul 11, 2016

The Nightingale portrays a realistic look at German occupied France during WWII. The novel focuses on two sisters who face enormous obstacles as they live their lives as French women. One must think first of her family, provide food and shelter for them, and attempt to protect them from the savage effects of war. The other thinks first of her country, seeks to fight in any way possible, including helping downed airmen to flee France to safety. Through it all, both women become stronger through their actions and in-actions and find an appreciation/love for one another that has been missing since their youth.

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AL_CHRISTINE Apr 24, 2017

Sexual Content: Rape scene

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