The Nightingale: A Novel

· Kushiel's Legacy Book 56 · Macmillan Audio · Narrated by Polly Stone
92 reviews
17 hr 19 min
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A #1 New York Times bestseller, Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year, and soon to be a major motion picture, this unforgettable novel of love and strength in the face of war has enthralled a generation.

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.

Goodreads Best Historical Novel of the Year • People's Choice Favorite Fiction Winner • #1 Indie Next Selection • A Buzzfeed and The Week Best Book of the Year

Praise for The Nightingale:

"Haunting, action-packed, and compelling." —Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Absolutely riveting!...Read this book." —Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Director of the University of Miami Holocaust Teacher Institute

"Beautifully written and richly evocative." —Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A hauntingly rich WWII novel about courage, brutality, love, survival—and the essence of what makes us human.” —Family Circle

“A heart-pounding story.” —USA Today

"An enormous story. Richly satisfying. I loved it." —Anne Rice

"A respectful and absorbing page-turner." —Kirkus Reviews

"Tender, compelling...a satisfying slice of life in Nazi-occupied France." —Jewish Book Council

“Expect to devour The Nightingale in as few sittings as possible; the high-stakes plot and lovable characters won’t allow any rest until all of their fates are known.” —Shelf Awareness

"I loved The Nightingale." —Lisa See, #1 New York Times bestselling author

" unforgettable portrait of love and war." —People

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press.

Ratings and reviews

92 reviews
Lizbeth Paris
January 2, 2023
Kristen Hanna is an awesome, high-quality novelist. I will try to buy and recommend her masterpieces. "THE NIGHTINGALE, and THE FOUR WINDS" are the same in quality. They are page turners that bring tears to our eyes. In audio, her choice of readers was excellent with Julia Wheland and Polly Stone, both great interpreters. Both books were worth every cent.
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Jan Burger
April 2, 2023
this novel told the story of what happened in France during World War II. it was so touching and I opening. the narrator did a beautiful job, especially sounding like an older woman.
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A Google user
November 28, 2018
Emotional. Very vivid and gripping. An amazing story with two outstanding heroines, their strengths, loves, trials, lives. I didn't want it to end. One of the best audio books I've had the chance to listen to. The writer is truly gifted.
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About the author

Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of novels including Night Road, Firefly Lane, True Colors and Winter Garden. A former lawyer, Hannah started writing when she was pregnant and on bed rest for five months. Writing soon became an obsession, and she has been at it ever since.

Polly Stone has recorded a number of popular audiobooks, the most prominent of which is Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. She has also narrated Shaggy Muses and is the author of 1003 Great Things About Being Jewish.

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