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The Nightingale: A Novel

The Nightingale: A Novel

Scritto da Kristin Hannah

Narrato da Polly Stone


The Nightingale: A Novel

Scritto da Kristin Hannah

Narrato da Polly Stone

valutazioni:
4.5/5 (143 valutazioni)
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17 ore
Pubblicato:
Feb 3, 2015
ISBN:
9781427252388
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descrizione

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.

A Macmillan Audio production.

Pubblicato:
Feb 3, 2015
ISBN:
9781427252388
Formato:
Audiolibro

Informazioni sull'autore

Kristin Hannah is a New York Times bestselling author. She is a former lawyer turned writer and is the mother of one son. She and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle, and Hawaii. Her first novel published in the UK, Night Road, was one of eight books selected for the UK's 2011 TV Book Club Summer Read. Her New York Times bestselling novel The Nightingale, has been published in over thirty-nine languages.


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  • (5/5)
    The story is set in the time of the German occupation of France during WWII and tells the life conditions of two sisters with quite different characters and how they react to what is happening to the country and people arount them. It is a gripping tale based on the well known events happening in France.

    It is very interesting for the reader to follow the development of the main characters, the more cautious Vianne and rebellious Isabelle in this plot full of danger, thrilling action and suffering. A story, readers will remember for long time after turning the last page and closing the book.
  • (5/5)
    A bit predictable at times, but well-done!
  • (4/5)
    My entire family and many co-workers insisted that I read this book. They all love the book. I resisted because it just didn't seem like my type of book. One of my co-workers brought her copy to work just for me to read. So I did. And I actually liked the book. It was similar to many other books I'd read that are set in WWII. Set in France just before and during WWII the story is about two very different sisters and what they did in those years. One sister joins the resistance, sneaking Allied soldiers out of France. The other stays at home, where despite German officers being billeted in her house, she manages to rescue 19 Jewish children. I liked it so much more than I thought that I would and the ending made me cry. Recommended.
  • (5/5)
    This book is lovely. What an incredible story about love and loss all set during the horrors of war. I truly enjoyed every second of this book. I listened to the audiobook and it's fantastic. The lyrical writing combined with the beauty of the french language really added to the overall experience. A beautiful novel that can be enjoyed by anyone, whether a fan of historical fiction or not.
  • (4/5)
    I was about 2/3 of the way through the book when it really grabbed me. Till then the characters and their stories seemed like something out of a Speilberg movie. By the end I felt like I'd endured WWII in Occupied France, not even as a hero, but as a regular person who'd been starved and frightened for years. Very powerful, and I think for many people it would be gripping from page 1.
  • (4/5)
    I love historical fiction - especially WW2, and this certainly a good novel. The females' roles in WW2 is what makes this novel different from others. The story demonstrates the hardships as well as the courage female heroes experience during the war. There were a few predictable outcomes and silly love scenes, but the ending was well crafted and made it all worth it. It's a novel I'll recommend to friends.
  • (5/5)
    Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors. I will read anything she has written and I usually recommend her first when people ask what they should read. The Nightingale seems to be her first foray into literary fiction. Boy did she not disappoint. I have been very fascinated with World War II. I think because it just shocks me that something like this could have happened. The torture, heartbreak, and bravery just astounds me.

    Even though The Nightingale is fiction, I bet there were several French citizen's whose lives mirrored the characters in this book. This is about Vianne and Isabelle, sisters with very different war experiences. Vianne is married with a daughter, Sophie and her husband is off fighting the war. Isabelle is an 18-year-old just wanting her Dad and big sister to love her. They both try to survive the war. Vianne stays in their family home where a Nazi officer Billets with them because their big house is near the airport. Isabelle heads off to make a difference with the war and helps smuggle fallen allied pilots over the Pyrenees. Both of them do very dangerous things.

    I cared for both the sisters and worried about them. Kristin really knows how to pull the reader into the story and tug at your heart. If I don't cry reading a Kristin Hannah book then something is wrong. Yes, I cried reading this one. If you like literary fiction about World War II in France, then pick this one up. It will chip a little bit of your heart away.
  • (3/5)
    I read this one shortly after it came out with a girls book club group, and while they absolutely adored it, I felt that it was just alright. There were characters I just couldn't connect to, and it was a bit slow-moving.
  • (3/5)
    Another interesting take on the WW2 experience. This novel presents the "what would you do" question. As the Nazis take over France the changes in the lives of two sisters are, at first, not unbearable. As things worsen decisions are made and the true personalities of the sisters emerge and evolve. The stakes rise and every decision is now life threatening.

    This is my first book by Hannah, I found it to be a quick, easy read, if somewhat predictable; the author does a lot of foreshadowing. Still I did like the book and I am looking forward to leading the discussion with my book club!
  • (5/5)
    I believe this novel is outstanding, deserving of five stars. The entire time I wanted everyone to survive, but that rosey view can't happen in a novel about war. The unfairness of life and war just hurts my soul so much that I often don't read novels like this. The novel was long, but that length made the novel more realistic. I didn't realize how long France was occupied by the Germans; it happened much earlier than I had realized. Often books will say, "Months later; years later," and you just accept what their lives are like. By spending so much time with day to day living, the reader can't complain that the plot needs to move on. This is what life was like--it was long and occupation didn't stop in a paragraph or chapter. You felt the pain of the day to day drudge of occupation. Our lives are so easy in the United States that often people aren't sympathetic or empathetic for those who are fleeing countries where life is constant survival with no hope of change. This novel makes me see the people of other countries represented on the news with more realism.The end of any war novel always breaks one's heart, but I almost didn't want to know who our narrator truly was. In some ways I found the characterization inconsistent, but we only know the narrator years after the war and war changes people. This novel is definitely worth one's time.
  • (5/5)
    The Nightingale is a very popular read and for me I felt it would be out my comfort zone. The reason being the story is set against the WW2 and I don't normally enjoy books that are set in the period of history.The story follows two sisters, Vianne and Isobelle. Both are very different character's and both deal with the war in two very different ways. To elobrate more will give away the story and could spoil what will happen.I enjoyed this book very much, a lot more than what I expected to. A lovely emotional journey following the two sisters that did have me invested until the last page. This book really did play with the emotions. There are happy times in difficult circumstances and true horror that people endured in the war. Often we hear about the men in the war but this book tells what it was like for the women.This book is the first by the author that I have read and it won't be my last. It is a book set during the war but it isn't all planes and tanks, but ordinary peoples lives and how the war was for them. I'm still not a big fan of books set in the war but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
  • (3/5)
    I wish the first half of the book had been as good as the second half.
  • (5/5)
    This was a book about WWII that was nothing like anything I have read on the subject before. I did not know what to expect when I started this book as I thought it would be an historical romance that occurred during the war, but I could not have been more wrong.

    This is the story of 2 French sisters and the roles they played in WWII. Vianne was married with one child living in the small town of Carrieau. Isabelle was an 18 year old girl who had been expelled from several schools due to her impulsive nature. Their father was a WWI veteran who lost his wife and sent his daughters to live in the country home with a nurse. He did not want to see them or spend time with them. There was a love/hate bond between them. When WWII broke out, Isabelle was sent to live with her sister and niece. Her brother-in-law had already gone off to war. The occupation of France is shown in this book to be as ugly and miserable as anything you may have read or heard. I was surprised to read about some of the things that happened there. Isabelle's path took her to the resistance outlining all she did to help the allies and the terror of her capture. Vianne remained home to care for her daughter while having German soldiers billet in her home. Her eventual work saving Jewish children came to pass and the death of her friends, community and relatives came out. I cried at parts of this story and felt proud of the strength of the female characters. This book may not have been completely historically accurate, but it opened my eyes to a part of history that may not be as well known as others.
  • (3/5)
    3.5 stars

    I have read a few books by Kristin Hannah, but this wasn't a favourite although I ended up quite enjoying it. I found the first half slow and struggled to work out where the author was going with the story. Also, I didn't really connect with the two sisters, Viann and Isabelle. Thankfully, the second half was much stronger and the sisters became more believable as they struggled to survive Nazi occupation. Hannah provided a very personal insight into the lives of these two women living in France during WWII. Despite the terrible atrocities both Viann and Isabelle faced, this was still a story of courage, determination and love. A worthwhile read.
  • (4/5)
    I listened to this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. There was a point near the end where I felt like the parallel lives of Isabelle and Vianne was finally nailed absolutely perfectly. It was after this point that I knew I wasn't gong to put the book down until I was finished. I was honestly surprised by the ending, I don't feel like anything in the novel could have prepared me for it, but I also would not have had it any other way. I felt a great deal of closure for their family the way the book ended and I think that was really important for a novel of this type.
  • (5/5)
    “But love has to be stronger than hate, or there is no future for us.”I do not know what to say about this book, except read it. This book will break your heart, but I think it was such an important story to tell. I was not sure what I expected going into this, but this exceeded my expectations.I do think some parts could have been cut down a little, and this did take me a little bit to get invested into the story. This is more since I do not normally reach for Historical Fiction than anything else. Once I started it though, I was hooked.I cried several times throughout the story. This story really makes you think about how good we have it today, and the hell that others went through during the War. I also really like how this tells the story from what our women went through during the War.Overall, I think everyone needs to read this!
  • (4/5)
    Life is interrupted and changed for the worse when Nazis invade France in 1939. Two sisters, different in age, ambition and outlook, experience the worst of war.
  • (5/5)
    Opening line: "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." (words of the book's narrator)No one warned me to keep a box of tissues at the ready as I devoured this book; but weep, I did. Very few stories move me quite so, but this is the one for me so far this year. It's a story war; of sisters; of loss; of love hidden away to keep the heartache at bay; of tremendous courage and sacrifice and of forgiveness and redemption. I was immediately captivated by the author's superb command of language. The exquisite prose draws the reader in where one could experience the story with all five senses. Hannah's meticulous attention to the historic record and its many details was spot on while she still evoked a beautifully written fictional account of the sisters' lives. This is a book that lingered a while with me. It begged the question, "What would you do if put into a similar situation?" I honestly do not know how I would react when faced with such painful and challengin choices. Would I have the courage to choose; to go on; to protect others? Who can say?Synopsis (from publisher's website):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 World War II 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.
  • (5/5)
    This was a surprise winner for me. It is a great read. I like most things WW2 and this was no exception. I have not spent as much time reading about what happened to the French people while they were under German occupation. It was great to get that perspective.
  • (4/5)
    How can it be possible that I haven't picked up a Kristen Hannah book before now? The Nightingale is a book that will stay with me for a long time. The struggles of the characters, the feel of WWII life in a French village, the characters inner voices -- all told so well. I loved it.
  • (5/5)
    AMAZING

    This book was amazing. To follow the lives of a family torn apart during WW2 and how the human soul can survive was breathtaking. Kristin Hannah has always been one of my favorites but this book just took her to a new level. I am at a loss for words.
  • (5/5)
    WOOOOOOOOOW!!!!!! The best book I've read this summer by far ! LOVE LOVE LOVE
  • (5/5)
    I have never been a huge historical fiction reader, but I wanted to read something about the Holocaust and someone suggested this book to me. Kristin Hannah writes beautifully, spinning a story of love during a horrible time in history. This was the best book I have read this year!
  • (5/5)
    A tale of two sisters thrown into a war that their own government lied to them about. The sisters both handle it different and take different roads all hoping for the same outcome to keep themselves and their loved ones alive. A deeply moving tale that had me on the verge of tears more than a few times. This is my second novel by this author and I'm quickly coming to enjoy her reads.
  • (4/5)
    I listened to this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. There was a point near the end where I felt like the parallel lives of Isabelle and Vianne was finally nailed absolutely perfectly. It was after this point that I knew I wasn't gong to put the book down until I was finished. I was honestly surprised by the ending, I don't feel like anything in the novel could have prepared me for it, but I also would not have had it any other way. I felt a great deal of closure for their family the way the book ended and I think that was really important for a novel of this type.
  • (5/5)
    The story is amazing, the writing heartbreaking and genuine, the performance fantastic, but my big question is what is that beautiful music playing at the beginning and end of the production for Audible books? I love it!
  • (5/5)
    This was an excellent story about women of France during WWII. The storyline was completely believable and it grabbed me on page one.
  • (5/5)
    This riveting story finds two sisters fighting to stay alive while helping others in France during the German occupation of World War II. Their father is distant, their mother dead, and the people around them are leaving -- some rounded up by Germans and even French police, headed for concentration camps, others off to fight for France in any way they can after the defeat of the French army. The story takes place on a personal level, centered on their family homes and the nomadic lifestyle one sister adopts to block out her past and help others. Constant action and heartbreaking details throughout keep the reader engaged. The book is set mostly during the war, with brief returns to modern times and one of the sisters as an older woman in the US. If you haven't read it, you should.
  • (5/5)
    Well this novel certainly lived up to the hype. What a beautiful, and heart-breaking story of two adult sisters living through the German occupation of France during World War II. Kristin Hannah has a beautiful way with language, and her ability to create believable characters is outstanding. Highly recommended for any lover of history, Europe, or just a really great story.
  • (4/5)
    This book reminded me quite a bit of a couple of other books set in France during World War II: Sarah's Key and Suite Francaise. They all document the occupation of France by the Nazis and especially the treatment of the French Jews. The Nightingale is well written and poignant but I didn't have the same intensity of feeling that I had for those other two. I think it could be because Kristin Hannah is American whereas Tatiana de Rosnay and Irene Nemirovsky are French and they know the French psyche much better. The book centers around two sisters, Isabelle and Vianne. The two are not close partially because there is quite an age gap between them, partially because they have very different temperaments and partially because they have not lived in the same house for a number of years. Vianne is the older; she is married, has a daughter and is a teacher. Isabelle has been in a number of boarding schools, managing to run away or get kicked out of all of them. Their mother died when Isabelle was four and Vianne was fourteen and their father sent them to live in the family home, Le Jardin, near the small town of Carriveau in the Loire Valley. Vianne got pregnant at 16, got married to the father (Antoine) and then lost the baby. The grief over the miscarriage caused her to turn against Isabelle and she had her father send her away to school. When World War II started and Paris was overtaken by the Germans, their father sent Isabelle to live with Vianne in Le Jardin. The car she was travelling in ran out of gas and Isabelle had to make the rest of the journey on foot. Along the way she met up with a man who had been in prison for theft but was released to join the army. Gaetan managed to find food and protect Isabelle and get her to Le Jardin. Predictably Isabelle fell in love with him and she wanted to join the fight with him. He said she was not ready and left Isabelle to live witih Vianne who was alone with her daughter in the house because Antoine had joined the army. After the Germans invaded France and the Vichy government compromised with them to divide France into an Occupied and Free Zones, Carriveau was in the Occupied Zone. Soon a German officer was billeted in the house and food and fuel were in short supply. Isabelle found a way to join the local resistance group and soon she was sent to Paris to act as a courier there. Meeting a downed RAF pilot caused her to devise a way to get airmen out of France into Spain by way of the Basque Pyrenees. Her path crossed Gaetan's who was also working for the Resistance. Back home in Carrieveau Vianne was faced with difficult moral choices because of the way French Jews were being treated by the Germans. Eventually she overcame her fear and started helping the anti-war effort. The sisters' lives led them into danger again and again but neither knew what the other was doing. When they did overlap they often exchanged angry words which both regretted later as they were not sure if they would survive the war and be able to make amends. The reader knows that at least one of them did because there are short chapters about a woman in Oregon who is invited to a fiftieth reunion in France of people involved in the Resistance. The question is which sister survived until 1995 and what happened to the other?I did a little internet sleuthing and found that there was a young Belgian woman, Andree de Jongh, who saved hundreds of airmen by smuggling them over the Pyrenees. Kristin Hannah has acknowledged elsewhere that de Jongh was the inspiration for Isabelle but I think it would have been better if she had acknowledged that in the book itself.