The Hummingbird

  • by Stephen P. Kiernan
  • Narrated by Elyse Mirto, John H. Mayer
  • 11 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the author of the acclaimed The Curiosity comes a compelling and moving story of compassion, courage, and redemption.
Deborah Birch is a seasoned hospice nurse whose daily work requires courage and compassion. But her skills and experience are tested in new and dramatic ways when her easygoing husband, Michael, returns from his third deployment to Iraq haunted by nightmares, anxiety, and rage. She is determined to help him heal and to restore the tender, loving marriage they once had.
At the same time, Deborah's primary patient is Barclay Reed, a retired history professor and expert in the Pacific Theater of World War II whose career ended in academic scandal. Alone in the world, the embittered professor is dying. As Barclay begrudgingly comes to trust Deborah, he tells her stories from that long-ago war, which help her find a way to help her husband battle his demons.
Told with piercing empathy and heartbreaking realism, The Hummingbird is a masterful story of loving commitment, service to country, and absolution through wisdom and forgiveness.


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This book tackles the all-important subject of "end-of-life care" in an honest unflinching way. Hospice care is thoroughly described to help us understand how body, soul and family are cared for so that the patient can work through the most difficult journey we all must make which is dying. Interwoven into the story is that of a marriage, PTSD, and how war changes the individual and the nation.It is beautifully written, the narration is excellent and it will provide hours of thought provoking discussion for any book club. For the individual it will make you think about your life and how you are living each day.
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- Taryn

A great story!

Stephen Kieran has written a story of incredible grace and forgiveness . A great listen!
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- Nita

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-08-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio