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Sapphire Skies | [Belinda Alexandra]

Sapphire Skies

2000: The wreckage of a downed WWII fighter plane is discovered in the forests near Russia's Ukrainian border.The aircraft belonged to Natalya Azarova, ace pilot and pin-up girl for Soviet propaganda, but the question of her fate remains unanswered. Was she a German spy who faked her own death, as the Kremlin claims? Her lover, Valentin Orlov, now a highly-decorated general, refuses to believe it. Lily, a young Australian woman, has moved to Moscow to escape from tragedy.
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2000: The wreckage of a downed WWII fighter plane is discovered in the forests near Russia's Ukrainian border. The aircraft belonged to Natalya Azarova, ace pilot and pin-up girl for Soviet propaganda, but the question of her fate remains unanswered. Was she a German spy who faked her own death, as the Kremlin claims? Her lover, Valentin Orlov, now a highly-decorated general, refuses to believe it. Lily, a young Australian woman, has moved to Moscow to escape from tragedy. She becomes fascinated by the story of Natalya, and when she meets an elderly woman who claims to know the truth behind the rumours, Lily is drawn deeper into the mystery.

©2014 Copyright © Belinda Alexandra 2014. (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Sara 08-07-14
    Sara 08-07-14

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    "A Disturbing Disappointment"

    This book was difficult to listen to and I finally just gave up after many grueling hours of hoping it would improve. It is a graphically violent story about war, betrayal, hatred and extreme loss. Disturbing on so many levels. I don't understand how this book could be considered a "wonderful holiday listen" to quote several reviewers on amazon.

    I usually enjoy Caroline Lee's narration, but listening to her Australian voice reading in the Russian accents was painful at times.

    The "mystery" was so predictable that it was just plain boring to boot. I am sorry that I wasted as much time on this book as I did. It was hopeless. Can't recommend it in any way at all.

    23 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 03-08-15
    Kimberly 03-08-15 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Excellent!!"

    I really loved this book. It is loosely based on the WWII Soviet pilot Lydia Litvyak who never went into battle without her lipstick and powder. She was brave and audacious. It is a story about Stalin's sick reign that has forever left its mark on Russian society; it is a mystery; it is frightening in a way most cannot understand thankfully; and it is a love story. Well worth the credit. I will listen to it again. Belinda Alexandra has become a favorite author, and Caroline Lee has delivered her usual stunning performance.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Fiona Buderim, Australia 07-24-15
    Fiona Buderim, Australia 07-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Fabulous"

    Kept me intrigued from the very first chapter. I loved this story... Heart wrenching in parts and leaves you feeling that you can really survive anything. Highly recommend ! Another great reading from Caroline Lee too!

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    Lucy 04-08-15
    Lucy 04-08-15 Member Since 2012

    I so enjoy Audible...helps me get my to-do list accomplished.

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    "I cried when I listened I cried when it ended. wow"

    I can't wait to hear another book by this author. so touching and beautiful. the characters were amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 10-06-14
    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 10-06-14 Member Since 2013

    Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.

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    "Wonderful Book, don't miss out on this one"
    If you could sum up Sapphire Skies in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful, Educational, and this book is a page turner. Rich in history!


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Caroline Lee's performance is excellent!


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a credit. Don't miss out on this one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Purple clovis, CA 01-09-15
    Purple clovis, CA 01-09-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Russian history never interested me until..."

    Wow! This book gave me a much better understanding of Russian history. Although I have lived internationally and generally gravitate to historical fiction, Russian history was something that I wasn't terribly interested in. However, this book really draws in you (after you get used to the multiple names for the same people) and explores a side of WW2 that most aren't all that aware of. I probably never would have listened to this book if I hadn't already fallen in love with the author's other book, Silver Wattle, which is about Australia in the 20's. But I thought I give another book by her a go and see if she was a captivating in a different culture as she was about Australia. I was not disappointed.

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    Tracy Dwyer 11-13-14
    Tracy Dwyer 11-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book!"
    Where does Sapphire Skies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was better than I thought it was going to be. As usual, Caroline Lee nailed it. Her Russian accent was a little off in some areas but it didn't ruin the story. I purposely look for books she narrates. Her voice is amazing!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JIMENA LAKEWOOD, CA, United States 07-09-14
    JIMENA LAKEWOOD, CA, United States 07-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Belinda Alexandra Does It Again - AWESOME"

    Loved this story, it is beautifully written, narrated so well like only Caroline Lee can do it. I think this is the best I have listened to this year. So glad I bought it and highly recommend it.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kerrie 05-01-14
    Kerrie 05-01-14
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    "BRILLIANT"

    In Sapphire Skies, Belinda Alexandra took me to world I knew almost nothing about - women aviators in Russia. The twists and turns of the story combined with the factual account of much of WWII made this an audio book I just could not stop listening to. I was so sad when it finished. I felt bereft .... like I had lost a friend .... so much did I care for the main characters in the book. Add to that modern day Moscow, the plight of unwanted animals and the brave people who try to save them and the book became two stories woven into one amazing tale. The absolute brilliance of Caroline Lee's performance in reading the book made the whole experience so real .... I really felt I was there with the characters. This is a book not to be missed. Loved It, loved it!!!!

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kylie 04-27-14
    Kylie 04-27-14
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    "Weaves history and a great story"
    Would you listen to Sapphire Skies again? Why?

    I really like fiction novels which also shed light on historical events- Sapphire Skies was a fantastic story about life before, during and after WWII in Russia. One of my favourite audiobooks so far, though I have enjoyed Belinda Alexandra's other novels.


    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    "Sapphire Skies-really enjoyable book"
    If you could sum up Sapphire Skies in three words, what would they be?

    Really Enjoyable read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sapphire Skies?

    Discovering Natasha


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Loved narrator not heard her before


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

    Don't know but I did listen to book fairly quickly


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyable book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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