In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Historical novelist Kristin Hannah explores the ravages of World War II France through the story of two strong but very different sisters. Practical Vianne fights to keep her family and friends from losing faith under the Nazi occupation, while her younger sister, Isabelle, chooses a more dangerous form of active resistance. Audie Award–winning narrator Polly Stone skillfully handles the heroes and villains’ various accents without showing off about it—her French pronunciation is particularly spot-on. A sometimes brutal story of life during wartime, The Nightingale left us wondering which of the sisters’ paths we would choose.
There aren't enough words to describe how much I LOVED this book. It was wonderful and beautiful and so much more than I expected. By far the best audiobook I have listened to ever.
Narrator is a Cut Above
I enjoy walking or relaxing and listening to audio books. I am in the middle of part two of The Nightingale and have enjoyed listening. History intertwined with a likely fictional story is compelling and heart breaking. The narrator does an excellent job of portraying the different characters. I rarely rate a book but if you are picky give it a try. You will find your imagination.
Good story. I cared about the characters and felt the heartbreak and horror of the period.