The Nightingale: A Novel

· Macmillan Audio · Narrated by Polly Stone
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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.

4.8
64 reviews
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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Kim Barbee-Tucker
May 11, 2020
This book kept me wanting more every time I put it down. It was so good! I actually felt like I left friends behind when the book ended. i loved it! It is my favorite one as of yet!
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Rachael Drury
June 12, 2018
The story enraptures you as if you are Vianne or Isabelle. I didn't want it to end. I am looking forward to watching the movie. Ce Magnifique!!!!
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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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