The Nightingale

The Nightingale

Book - 2015
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latwell1
Jul 13, 2018

Well written, fast-paced, and so interesting. It was hard to read about the atrocities committed during WW2, but Kristin Hannah is able to describe them without sensationalism. Definitely a good quick read.

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JLee237
Jul 09, 2018

The characters were well developed and the plot captures interesting historical events however the book is 10 chapters too long and drags on.

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mebjohnson
Jul 03, 2018

An incredibly moving story of two sisters and how each responds to the horrors of WWII in very different but equally heroic ways.

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firebird770
Jul 02, 2018

Excellent - Kept me reading all 438 pages. The atrocities of the Second World War and how it changed the lives in particular of the French people. Set in France in World War II, two sisters who live in a small village find themselves estranged when they disagree about the imminent threat of occupation. Separated by principles and temperament, each must find her own way forward as she faces moral questions and life or death choices. Beautifully written and will have a lasting hold on me.

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ychen120
Jun 25, 2018

This is an amazing book! The second you read the first sentence of the book you'll never want to put it down until your finished. I read this in about a day without stopping. The story is heart wrenching and filled with grief, heroism, and love. I 100% recommend this book to you

d2013 Jun 15, 2018

Great book, highly recommended!

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tanaperkins
Jun 14, 2018

Omg, after an 8 year reading hiatus (since becoming a mom) this book sucked me right back into my reading addict self. Next stop, more Kristin Hannah books!

tch2917 Jun 08, 2018

Long after this audiobook ended, the characters, the horrors, losses and sacrifices of WWII and the illumination of the overwhelming vitality of love in life stayed with me! I have not read such a good book in a long time! I rooted for and cried with these characters and gasped as the twists and surprises encountered! Highly recommended!

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Kcordell4185
Jun 07, 2018

Absolutely adored this book. I read Kristin Hannah’s firefly lane and this book blew it out of the water. Well done and kept my attention. The reader for the audiobook held my attention as well.

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Dina_P
May 03, 2018

I’m a big fan of historical fiction, particularly stories that occur around World Wars.
The Nightingale takes us all the way from 1939 to the end of the World War II. This is an in-depth tale that describes the War, the Resistance in Paris, and the many choices that people had to make in order to survive. This book tore me apart emotionally, put me back together again with a feeling of hope, and tore me apart again. Highly recommended.

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13Liz
Apr 24, 2018

Disappointed. I really enjoyed "All the Light We Cannot See". This book, though, lacks a lot of detail. It reads a little more like a romance novel. I found all the romance scenes predictable and cheesy. This book might make a decent summer beach read for light reading. If your looking for something truly emotional that sends you in a whirlwind of thoughts and feelings then give this a hard pass. I really don't get what the hype is about.

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Alina1603
Mar 30, 2018

Not as good as I expected. Yes, it keeps you interested but more like a page turner, as it does lack depth and as with many modern books on WW2 you feel that it is not author's own pain she describes. It's a great difference when you yourself have a toothache or just feel sorrow for someone who feels it. This book cannot bee even compared with works by Remarque, Heinrich Böll, Lion Feuchtwanger, Viktor Astafyev and Boris Vasilyev-the authors that had to live through the war.

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julsolmo
Mar 24, 2018

I really enjoyed this book from the perspective of women and the personal battles that were also fought all over Europe during the war. The various things the women in this story had to endure to survive were portrayed very realistically and so incrementally that by the end, you really feel the impact of those war years. My grade 8 daughter also really enjoyed this book. She found the characters rich and endearing. The personal tragedies and sacrifices really teach you about humanity at it's worst and best.

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Smac11
Mar 20, 2018

I loved this book. I thought it as very interesting to read about WWII from the perspective of two French sisters, one of whom's husband is away fighting in the war and the other who is unhappy with how she feels her people are reacting to the war. Some critics of the novel have been upset by a few historical inaccuracies, but for me none of that was enough to keep me from being completely entranced with this novel.

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Hayley_Simmons
Mar 16, 2018

I recently read The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah and I absolutely loved it so I was excited to read The Nightingale. Kristin Hannah has such a beautiful writing style but I must admit there was a slow build up in this story. Once it picked up, I didn't want to put it down. It is always so hard to read about the events that took place during WWII and, though this is fictional, it draws on true events from that dark period. Kristin Hannah introduces us to 2 strong admirable women who, in different ways, endured terrible hardships during the war but were heroic in their efforts. It was an emotional read and I am still thinking about the story. It is definitely an impressionable book. It is one that will stay with me for a long time and is worth reading!

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gekeler
Mar 13, 2018

Fabulous Read. This book keeps you interested all the way through. The ending ties up all of the loose ends and the questions you have in your mind. Great writing. I will be looking for my next book by the same author.

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

Moving look at two sisters in France during WW II and what they're willing to do to survive the war.

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minak
Dec 16, 2017

The Nightingale is the best book I have ever read about WWII. I could not put it down and kept reading it, I did not want it to end. Every character (who was not Nazi expect for Beck) in this book touched my heart in a way that no other book ever did especially Isabelle.

Thank you Christin for writing the Nightingale.

Jcheng1234 Dec 16, 2017

A very well written page turner on how two sisters of clashing personalities survived WWII in the Nazi occupied France. It was full of suspense and horror of the cruelty of war and Holocaust. One sister joined the Resistance to lead the downed Allied airmen to safety; the other saved the Jewish children by hiding them in a convent. The French women’s sacrifice for their family and loved ones; their fighting for the liberation of the country behind the enemy lines was so brave. I loved this book.

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FVReader
Nov 25, 2017

I gave up on this one. It trivialized and romanticized the dangers of the War. Not my cup of tea. Guess this author isn't for me.

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EmilyNicole627
Nov 06, 2017

This was a great story of two sisters and their journeys during the war, both contributing in their own ways. I highly recommend this book. It was written very well and was hard to put down.

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PJD
Oct 17, 2017

I can't even remember the last time a book had me in tears at the end!

vpazreads Oct 16, 2017

Grab a box of tissues and immerse yourself in this riveting story about two sisters forced to face the hardships of Nazi-occupied France, discovering inner strength and learning what "family" truly means.

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katewickk
Oct 11, 2017

The book was well written and kept me turning the page. However I am very unhappy that there is an explicit rape described in the book. That is not okay to have in a book and makes for a disturbing read. Mentioning that she got raped is one thing, describing it is another. I think its very harmful and degrading to woman and the less rape crammed into our "entertainment" the better.

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happycanuck
Sep 10, 2017

Excellent story - holds your attention and emotions throughout.


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