The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah #Audiobook Review

Title: The Nightingale
Author: Kristin Hannah
Genre: Historial Fiction
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Audiobook Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Source: Digital audiobook borrow from library
This is my honest review.
Rating: 5 Stars ~ Excellent

Brilliant, Beautiful, Enlightening!

What a brilliant read from a new-to-me author! I waited months to finally get off the waitlist for this audiobook at the library. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy The Nightingale at first as I rarely read books set in Europe during WWII, but Kristin Hannah is a wonderful storyteller! I was quickly pulled into the lives of these two sisters.

Vianne and Isabelle are sisters, but that’s pretty much it between them. They’re not close, and they have different opinions on matters. The setting is in Nazi-occupied France. The French men have gone to war, families are torn apart, and the story of these two sisters begin to lead two very different paths.

The Nightingale takes on the female’s perspective during this war and time period with the separate lives both Vianne and Isabelle lead offering diverse viewpoints. Each sister discovers purpose and inner strength in the situation they find themselves in. While both sisters encounter several harrowing moments, the heart of The Nightingale is that the human soul and mind is undoubtedly resilient! You will cheer for both sisters to find their way during very dark times. A story of perseverance and survival, The Nightingale is both beautiful and enlightening!

Audiobook Review
I’ve heard mixed feelings on the narration, but overall The Nightingale audiobook was a lovely listen for me! I enjoyed Polly Stone’s calm voice and accents. I would love to listen to more of her narrations.


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 France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another. 

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 the compelling and mysterious 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. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real--and deadly--consequences.

With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah takes her talented pen to 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.

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