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This gripping story, whose plot perhaps gives a nod or two to Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls, is about the delicate balance between love and passion with duty and honor.
It is Warsaw, 1939, and Elzunia is an indulged teenager who longs for a heroic life filled with romance. But the outbreak of war shatters all her dreams. As bombs fall, she meets Adam, a taciturn airman whose fate becomes entwined with hers. In despair over the occupation, Adam joins the Polish resistance, then flies bombers for the RAF.
Forced into the Warsaw Ghetto, Elzunia learns that even children must create their own rules to survive. When the Ghetto defies the invaders, and later the entire city of Warsaw rises up, Elzunia finds strength in ways she never imagined. Nocturne is a powerful and inspiring testament to resilience and courage in the face of cruelty and betrayal.
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By Annie M. on 08-06-16
The narrator ruined it for me
I read Armstrong's superb novel "Winter Journey. That book made me want to read more by this author. Unfortunately Nocturn did not work for me on two levels… The first is the coincidental reading of "The Book of Aron," a novel based on the true story of a heroic priest and life in the Warsaw ghetto.
The two books are so similar in terms of subject manner. And Armstrong's book suffers and comparison, primarily due to the narrator.
Deirdre Rubenstein is a extremely good narrator when she's not making up voices. I know that she was trying to interpret her characters, but every time she did this it just annoyed me tremendously. I found the characterizations alternately shrill, growly, and just so annoying In the way they pulled me out of the story, not deeper into it.
I like this author so much, and actually like Rubenstein's narrative work when she plays it straight. She has a lovely voice, and excellent cadence. She could have read this straight and I would've loved it.
As it is I couldn't finish the book.b
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Caroline H. on 02-20-11
I can't decide if I like the book or not because the narrator is horrible. The first part of the book is riddled with overwrought, irritating exclamations - where was the director? I have gritted my teeth and suffered through Part 1 as I've already trashed two books recently that the narrator ruined for me. In future, I will make a practice of listening to a sample before I buy - good narration is paramount for a successful listening experience.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Amazon Customer on 04-09-13
Moving and stunning story with plenty of heart stopping moments all made believable because of the excellent narrator - highly recommend
By Margaret on 02-26-13
this book is fantastic and at the same time frightening. It gives an account of not only the Jewish horrors in Warsaw but Polands terrible time during the war. It is so real that at times I felt I was there in the ghetto and in the hospital. The only problem I had was the narrator who (I think) over did it - at times shouting the story at you - the author writes so well and sets the atmoshpere so realistically that you do not need the extra decibels to carry you into the horrors that are happening.