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Russia, 1941. Katya Ivanova is a young pilot in a far-flung military academy in the Ural Mountains. From childhood, she's dreamed of taking to the skies to escape her bleak mountain life. With the Nazis on the march across Europe, she is called on to use her wings to serve her country in its darkest hour. Not even the entreaties of her new husband—a sensitive artist who fears for her safety—can dissuade her from doing her part as a proud daughter of Russia.
After years of arduous training, Katya is assigned to the 588th Night Bomber Regiment—one of the only Soviet air units composed entirely of women. The Germans quickly learn to fear nocturnal raids by the daring fliers they call "Night Witches." But the brutal campaign will exact a bitter toll on Katya and her sisters-in-arms. When the smoke of war clears, nothing will ever be the same—and one of Russia's most decorated military heroines will face the most agonizing choice of all.
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By Nancy Holman on 01-07-18
Historical fiction at it best
Where does Daughters of the Night Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This book would be at the top 10% of the books I have listened to The top 5% of historical fiction.
What other book might you compare Daughters of the Night Sky to and why?
(The Children's House of Belsen) Both books are filled with human weakness, suffering and heroism joy. If you want the human side of war, I would recommend both of these books.
What about Kathleen Gati’s performance did you like?
Her soft and gentle voice was rich and calm making the story equally rich.
If you could rename Daughters of the Night Sky, what would you call it?
I think the name is excellent as is. I sums up the subject matter extremely well.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Jake's Handler on 02-16-18
Narrator sets the scene
fascinating look at World War II from a completely different angle. The narrator made it easy to distinguish characters and follow with all the confusing Russian names. The only thing I didn't like was the very cliched ending. it is as if the author had an appointment she needed to get to, so just closed the book.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful