In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, acclaimed novelist Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America’s most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.
Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. Hounded by adoring crowds and hunted by an insatiable press, Charles shields himself and his new bride from prying eyes, leaving Anne to feel her life falling back into the shadows. In the years that follow, despite her own major achievements - she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States - Anne is viewed merely as the aviator’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness.
Drawing on the rich history of the twentieth century - from the late twenties to the mid-sixties - and featuring cameos from such notable characters as Joseph Kennedy and Amelia Earhart, The Aviator’s Wife is a vividly imagined novel of a complicated marriage - revealing both its dizzying highs and its devastating lows. With stunning power and grace, Melanie Benjamin provides new insight into what made this remarkable relationship endure.
©2013 Melanie Benjamin (P)2013 Random House Audio
Surprisingly I knew only the basics about him before reading this book. Having loved her book years ago when I first read it, I was interested. Wow, the things I learned about him! Many points revealed in this book I was so shocked by. Sure that they could not be true, but a quick internet search proved each one to be quite factual.
I would have set that man's trousers afire!!!
Yes, there is a lot of one on one dialog, speculation and assumption woven in this nice little flowing story. Things no one could have known about. It's on the fiction shelf for a reason. This is a facinating tale regardless, that carried a lot of interest for me. This book has me looking for other historical fiction.
Crossing the sexual vocal divide must be rough. Seems like I complain about that often. Lorna Raver's male voices have a lot to be desired.
She Stood By Her Man.
No -- the narrator's portrayal of the protagonist as a young woman is incredibly annoying, and sooooo slow. I almost quit. But the narration improves and the story is solid.
I really enjoyed learning more about the history.
Average, not stellar. The story was fine, but I think I was emotionally turned off. I headed into it without much knowledge of the Lindberghs other than that he was a pilot, she was a feminist and their baby was kidnapped. This book did a good job filling in the gaps - but I found it hard to reconcile this version of Anne Morrow Lindbergh with the feminist - she seemed to tolerate a lot of crap and dish out a lot of self-pity. I know it was fictionalized, but she wasn't a very inspiring or sympathetic character, and Charles seemed like a Grade-A douche.
Don't get me wrong - it's a quick listen and a fun way to fill your gaps about the LIndbergh lore, but it's hard to find a single character you actually like.
It made me want to kick everyone... Anne needed to grow a set and Charles needed to have his set removed.
I think I would like to read the book rather than listen again. I felt that the narrator's voice was "too old" for the chapters that portrayed Ann in her younger years. It took away from the feeling of young love, infatuation, and love. I think the content of the book might "read" differently.
Ann - of course. I read the excellent bio of Charles Lindbergh by Scott Berg so got the "male" perspective. She has always intrigued me.
Yes with the exception of the above criticism.
Listening - made me want to reread/listen to "Gift from the Sea"
The narrator was slow, the text gave too many insignificant details. I think this was noted in other reviews. I've made it to their second meeting. Don't know if I can take much more.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh lived her "storybook" life as the early 1900's expected. Often I wanted to scream at her to tell Charles what she really wanted. That came in her later life though. Charles kept her too far away from people which she realized later. A remarkable woman who lived with a driven and very talented man.
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