We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
Fire by Night | [Lynn Austin]

Fire by Night

Two-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin is hailed for her inspiring historical novels. As in Candle in the Darkness Austin transports us back to the turbulence of the Civil War.
Regular Price:$69.83
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Two-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin is hailed for her inspiring historical novels. As in Candle in the Darkness Austin transports us back to the turbulence of the Civil War.

Julia, a wealthy Philadelphia socialite is forced to overcome great obstacles and look for deeper meaning in her life when her intended describes her as shallow. Despite social restrictions on single women, she pursues a vocation as a battlefield nurse. Julia finds a kindred spirit in Phoebe, a West Virginia farm girl who dresses in men's clothing in order to be a soldier. Strength of character, determination, and faith foster their transformation into womanhood.

Winner of Library Journal's Best Christian Fiction Award for 2003, this novel portrays wholesome values. Christina Moore gives a warm narration of this well-crafted story.

©2003 Lynn Austin; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Refreshing, atypical heroines in absorbing parallel plots." (Library Journal)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.6 (213 )
5 star
 (153)
4 star
 (45)
3 star
 (11)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.8 (110 )
5 star
 (88)
4 star
 (19)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.7 (111 )
5 star
 (84)
4 star
 (24)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Patricia Huntington, NY, USA 06-18-05
    Patricia Huntington, NY, USA 06-18-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "You could listen to this book over and over!"

    This is one of the best books I ever listened too. It is the story of two young women who are eighteen years old and how they grow up and mature during the last three years of the Civil War.

    Each girl takes on very different roles, one as a nurse and one as a soldier, and it is so interesting hearing how they get where they are, and how they live and manage to get by-- and when their paths cross and the soldier is found out to be a woman, they become friends.

    This is a story of determination, strength of character, faith and courage, friendship and love, and a realistic view of how things were during and after the battles were fought. The female characters will touch your hearts and the male characters will intrigue you because they have their own stories and struggles within the book-- and the ending is so sweet and so very well done that you might want to listen to it again and again.

    This is a fantastic novel and the attention to detail is amazing. The characters live and breathe through the different voice tones of the reader and there is never a dull moment-- and quite a few surprises. It's a story that will be remembered long after the book ends and if you like richly developed plots, a cast of characters that are well defined, and feel good books, you should love this one!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Holly Canaan, NH, United States 07-31-12
    Holly Canaan, NH, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2011

    library lady

    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another great story"
    If you could sum up Fire by Night in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, authentic, inspiring


    What other book might you compare Fire by Night to and why?

    Lynn Austen's books relating to the Civil War have a Gone With the Wind flavor with a heroine you can admire. Her rich detail comes from thorough research that gives this inspiring story and its characters their depth.


    What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

    Christina Moore always brings the emotion and color that adds so much meaning to the story. Her ability to develop each character with a unique vocal style is the basis of that color.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Once I've been drawn into one of Austen's stories, I just want to stay in it to see how the characters will grow and develop their faith.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Austen always finds a perfect balance between a message of faith and an engaging example of historical fiction.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brandy canton, GA, USA 09-05-05
    Brandy canton, GA, USA 09-05-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "left me smiling!"

    I loved this book! I have never read anything by Lynn Austin and chose it because of the reviews. I was very suprised to find that I cleaned longer, worked out longer, drove my car slower- anything that kept me listening to my ipod longer. The story took some turns you might not like but in the end it left me smiling. I highly recommend this book!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Millie Cape Cod 09-10-12
    Millie Cape Cod 09-10-12 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    25
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    70
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    19
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Little Bit Gypped...."

    I never had any interest whatsoever in the Civil War until I stumbled upon "A Light To My Path". I have not only read the trilogy, but have been to Gettysburg twice! I also have devoured all of Lynn Austin's books and have started researching some of the other topics she has laid out. Her stories are faith-based and truly inspiring.

    I really like anything she writes, and I have to say that "Fire By Night" is my all time favorite. I have listened to this book a few times and hope to listen to it many more. Christina Moore does an outstanding job interpreting each character.

    HOWEVER: I read the paperback first (which I also loved) and noticed that the section describing Phoebe's brother Willard on the deathbed was omitted in the Audible version. To me this was a very important part of the original story, as it gave even more insight into Phoebe's character.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 03-25-06
    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 03-25-06 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    228
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    390
    54
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    10
    0
    Overall
    "Good story, disappointing romance"

    I enjoyed fire by night. I found the story of both girls captivating. Phoebe (disguised as a union soldier), and Julia as a 'married nurse,' but I really feel this novel should've been two separate books. I found it incredibly disconcerting to switch back and forth between the two major protagonists especially when they didn't meet at all until the middle. I also didn't like Julia's romance at all. What is with authors finding the angriest, annoying and antagonistic male character and making him the love interest? Yuck. Seems like a recipe for an abusive relationship to me.

    I also liked the Ted/Phoebe storyline. At least until the end. Ted was such a cute character. I would've liked to have seen this romance end differently.

    Overall, an enjoyable story, but a disappointing romantically. I remained unconvinced at the end that these to characters were with the right partners.4 stars.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    taratooley 09-22-05
    taratooley 09-22-05 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    43
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    "Love It! Highly Recommend it?"

    This was a wonderful story that mixed civil war history with integrity, kindness and love. The author bound these attributes together with strong Christian values. I will listen to it many times. It not only entertained me with an uplifting love story, it furthered my knowledge of the difficult and painful Civil War times.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Julia Hoquiam, WA, United States 01-26-13
    Julia Hoquiam, WA, United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A great story read by a great narrator"
    Where does Fire by Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an excellent story, told from a different perspective on the Civil war.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I especially appreciated hearing the story from the perspective of those caring for the wounded. How overwhelming it was for the doctors and nurses as they cared for the wounded and dying soldiers. Their personal lives being entertwined with each other as they served. This story truly captured the sights and sounds of the Civil war for me.


    What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

    She captured the personalities of the characters very well. She used the appropriate inflections for the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Phoebe had to make the choice to shoot Julia's abductor, even though she didn't want to kill him, she had to make the decision to do so in order to save Julia's life.


    Any additional comments?

    A very well written book with good character development and progresion of story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ellen Brooklyn Park, MN, United States 06-08-12
    Ellen Brooklyn Park, MN, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2006

    ASD mommy

    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Moving and memorable, but long"


    Fire by Night opens by placing us smack-dab in the middle of the Civil War battle of Bull Run, so you immediately that the author's not holding anything back. For those of you who don't need quite so much realism in your fiction, be aware that this is a frank look at the trials of the army doctor and nurse and the Union infantry. The battles go on and on and the field hospital truly is a grisly place.

    The characters are well-developed and I genuinely cared about Julia, Phoebe and all the others, but two things about this book really dragged me down. First, it was long... I mean, LONG: Twelve hours of audio. Second, the whole book seemed to be centered around this idea of penance and atonement. Although there is a place for that, it did seem to overshadow the simple gospel.

    I had no idea that this book was part of a trilogy, but I don't think it hurt much to read this one out of order. I must give Austin credit for surprising me more than once with a plot twist. I honestly didn't expect everyone's lives to take the turns they did until right before it happened. That was satisfying, but I don't think I will go back for book one or three.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Salye Pine Grove , CA, USA 06-24-07
    Salye Pine Grove , CA, USA 06-24-07
    HELPFUL VOTES
    18
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "warms your heart"

    This was a good story, especially if you are looking for a good book without filthy language and disgusting topics. It gave me a real appreciation for what women through the years have went through so that we can be free to follow our dreams and not be limited to certain career choices. It also reminded me of what a blood bath the Civil war was. I can't imagine what it must have been like living in those times.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Vikki Charlotte, NC, USA 03-21-07
    Vikki Charlotte, NC, USA 03-21-07 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Fire By Night"

    excellent ,excellent,excellent! very good reader,very enjoyable listening. the history is interwoven & the scripture applied so appropriately.would recommend it highly.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 21 results PREVIOUS123NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.