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The Aviator's Wife Audiobook

The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, January 2013 - I remember hearing all about Charles Lindbergh and his famous solo transatlantic flight when I was growing up. But I never knew much about his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The Aviator’s Wife has been a compulsive read so far, and I can’t wait to hear Lorna Raver’s take on Anne’s life, from plain Jane ambassador’s daughter to paparazzied wife, copilot, and mother of six. —Diana M., Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

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

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    Michal Scotsdale, AZ, United States 04-07-13
    Michal Scotsdale, AZ, United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2009

    I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read.

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    "Amazing story!"
    Would you listen to The Aviator's Wife again? Why?

    I had very limited knowledge of Anne Lindberg. This is an excellent story. I oFten sat in my car waiting for a chapter to complete.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How it was told in past and present.


    What does Lorna Raver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She was an amazing reader. I saw one reviewer who didn't like her voice. This has caused me to be cautious about some books as the reader makes or breaks a story. The magic of this reader is to remember that the story is basically being told past tense by an old woman. Once I realized this, I loved the reader.


    If you could rename The Aviator's Wife, what would you call it?

    The rest of the story!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fantastic book. I bought 2 copies from Amazon and sent them to my mother and sister.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shanna Diamond Springs, CA, United States 04-07-13
    Shanna Diamond Springs, CA, United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "An absorbing story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Aviator's Wife the most enjoyable?

    I felt like I was getting a whole new perspective of the era and the people involved. I learned many facts about Lindberg and Anne that I was totally unaware from previous reading material.


    Which character – as performed by Lorna Raver – was your favorite?

    Anne


    Any additional comments?

    It was easy to understand her fear and dislike of the media.

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    Angelina 04-05-13
    Angelina 04-05-13
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    "Great story, Insightful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story telling was done so well, so filled with emotion.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Aviator's Wife?

    It was the kidnapping of thier first born. I felt her anguish, her fear and all of the raw emotions a mother would feel for her baby.


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    Sharon Dubuque, Iowa, United States 04-01-13
    Sharon Dubuque, Iowa, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Lots to learn about the LIndberghs!"
    Would you listen to The Aviator's Wife again? Why?

    No. The narrator's voice did not appeal to me; it did not seem to fit with the character of Anne Morrow LIndbergh to me.


    What other book might you compare The Aviator's Wife to and why?

    Nancy Horan's book, Loving Frank - historical fiction with good research and insight into true lives.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Tone and voice. I had an entirely different experience when I read it in print.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Aviator's Wife and why?

    Anne - it's her story


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    Catherine OLYMPIA, WA, United States 03-28-13
    Catherine OLYMPIA, WA, United States 03-28-13
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    "Interesting insight into other side of a story."
    Would you listen to The Aviator's Wife again? Why?

    Yes, because I enjoyed it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Aviator's Wife?

    When she took her first solo flight.


    What does Lorna Raver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Exceptional expression, capturing each character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No just enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first audio book, only negative comment would be that it was not that easy to go back to re-read (listen) to a particular paragraph or page.

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    Sarah 03-25-13
    Sarah 03-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Really good historical story"
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    I really enjoyed this book, I knew the name of Charles Lindbergh before listening to the book but the details revealed were so interesting it prompted me to research him a little more. Of course the author addresses the fact that no one really knows what the feelings of Ann Lindbergh truly were but the book completely draws you into what might have been her feelings in her world. I really loved the story and the story made me love Ann Lindbergh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Rockville, Australia 03-25-13
    Alex Rockville, Australia 03-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "American Hero's Wife"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would defitely recommend this book,well written,audio fits the bill and the subject is gripping, covering success and trgic circumstances and a disparity in their valiues and sexual pecadilloes which should have torn them apart but they appear to have held together until the end. An American saga.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The apparent inner thoughts of an upper class American woman coming to grips with a marriage to an American figure of heroic proportions from a very different background..


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

    No


    If you could rename The Aviator's Wife, what would you call it?

    A Heroine's Tale


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mona Port Washington, WI, United States 03-23-13
    Mona Port Washington, WI, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "History truly comes to life in this story!"
    Would you listen to The Aviator's Wife again? Why?

    This was truly a fabulous read! Author brings Ann to life in a truthful, sensitive, honest story.


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

    Can't wait to read Lorna Rever's other books now!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MaWoo 03-20-13
    MaWoo 03-20-13
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    "Fresh new perspective"

    While I was somewhat familiar with the life of Charles Lindbergh, I did not realize the extent of Anne's roll in the life of Charles or aviation. I especially appreciated the personal feel that Ms. Benjamin conveyed. I like Historical fiction because it takes events and makes them real and possible for the reader to relate.

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    Katie The Gap, Australia 03-19-13
    Katie The Gap, Australia 03-19-13
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    "Great work of historical fiction"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very interesting story and a whole other side to the Lindberghs


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anne Morrow Lindbergh


    What about Lorna Raver’s performance did you like?

    Performance was good, but think it would have been better if a man voiced the male parts.


    If you could rename The Aviator's Wife, what would you call it?

    Perfect name, wouldn't change it


    Any additional comments?

    You will like this if you like The Paris Wife

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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