The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is a fictional tale of WWII around the lives of two sisters who each, in their own way, are resisters to the Nazi occupation of France. Unique in personalities, one a boisterous and vocal resister, joins an active effort as the Nightingale, escorting downed pilots to safety. The other works at saving as many Jewish children as she can, via a local orphanage and hiding her best friend’s child under the noses of Nazi’s that billet in her home. The two women are polar in their approach, to the point of a volatile relationship. The Nightingale is also a love story. The love within a family, of friends, a common cause.

The story is graphic, very description, and is an extraordinary picture of the poverty and abuse suffered by the French during Nazi occupation. Difficult passages. If you are squeamish about the topics of the camps, SS  brutality, this isn’t for you. Although The Nighingale is fiction, the fundamentals of this story are a reflection of a truth we must “never forget”.

Nothing about this book I didn’t like, however, I bumped the speed to 1.25 on the iPhone – a bit slow in narration – which is otherwise fine. The story is gripping enough for the reading to disappear – ergo, no issues. No sex, no disturbing language, nothing objectionable in the prose.

Narrated by Polly Stone, 17.5 hours of listening in unabridged audiobook format, released in February 2015 by Macmillan Audio. Historical. Recommended.

 

2 Responses to The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

  1. E.D. Martin says:

    I read something similar recently, A Fire Sparkling
    by Julianne MacLean. Also about sisters in WWII, each doing their part to help the war effort. I enjoyed it, although I’m not sure how good the audiobook is. I added this to my TBR list, in case the libraries ever open again.

    • Samyann says:

      Read A Fire Sparkling, too. I caught on pretty early about the sister’s identity. I too enjoyed it. The Nightingale is also a keeper, same WWII genre. That era is very fertile author material.

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