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Beneath a Scarlet Sky Audiobook

Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man's incredible courage and resilience during one of history's darkest hours.

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.

In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler's left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich's most mysterious and powerful commanders.

Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.

Fans of All the Light We Cannot See, The Nightingale, and Unbroken will enjoy this riveting saga of history, suspense, and love.

©2017 Mark Sullivan (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    Sheila-La 05-03-17
    Sheila-La 05-03-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Just wow. Thank you Mark Sullivan...."

    I rarely review, but this was such a different, human perspective of WW2 in Italy and showed so clearly, how murky options and people can be in real life. I will bear witness to Pino's story, and remember he and Anna always..great narration too.

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    Rebecca 05-17-17
    Rebecca 05-17-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Overly simple"
    What disappointed you about Beneath a Scarlet Sky?

    Very simple story without much nuance or individual details.
    Spoiler !!!-
    The main character is supposed to have been a spy working as a driver for the Nazis but never seems to get anything truly valuable done as a spy
    The romance is SO one dimension you don't even care much when trajectory hits -
    The most interesting parts were in the very beginning smuggling Jews out of Italy- then it just get so middling - and just one hyperbolic event after another.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Will Damron’s performances?

    No-
    And to the producers- and this is only one opinion-having really flat American sounding voices
    Tremendously hurts books like this and All the Light you can not see( same frustrating listen)-and other books that take place in Europe . It flattens out the whole story.
    One of my favorite productions are the reading of Bryce Courtenay
    Books by Humphrey Bower- the knowledge of approraite accent and
    Timing and nuance makes them amazing to listen to.
    This reader does nothing for the story and likely hurts it.
    He would be fine reading other stories such as maybe Michael Chabon or fiction in contemporary settings- ideally American settings.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustrating


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Seeley 05-17-17
    Bill Seeley 05-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Really Good Book"
    What did you love best about Beneath a Scarlet Sky?

    The story is amazing


    Any additional comments?

    Starts out real slow, I almost did not listen to the entire book. So glad that I did listen to the whole book, it is a really good story.

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    Bryan kingwood, TX, United States 05-10-17
    Bryan kingwood, TX, United States 05-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "History as good as fiction"
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    I'm a daily listener to audiobooks while I commute. This book was SO good at captivating me and making mental images that it was almost too distracting to my driving!So in short, I dont write many reviews, but I LOVED this book...the story was great, the narrator was top-flight with excellent charachter portrayals, and the slice of life & time during WWII in N Italy satisfied the history buff in me. It really was as good or better than alot of fiction, but it was all true!

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    Susan 05-08-17
    Susan 05-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The story was okay but the narration..."

    I almost stopped listening several times because of the monotone of the narrator and the maudlin, sappy inflection to his voice. The only thing that made me finish was curiosity about the end of the story.

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    Amazon Customers 05-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A true Italian Hero. Saved many Jewish People"

    Loved this book . It is not the type of book I generally choose but it was very exciting. The way Pino handled himself and the dire circumstances of war was unbelievable. He was brave and he was smart. This book would make a great movie. It describes War and one man's struggle with it's evils and how it effected his family and his personal life.

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    patti 05-21-17
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    "Best Book Ever"

    I could not stop listening to this book, I not only learned a lot about WW2, but I also now have a real interest in visiting Italy. Great book, I highly recommend that everyone listen to Beneath a Scarlet Sky. That fact that it is mostly a true story is unbelievable!

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    Herb King 05-21-17
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    "Hold on! This is a ride you won't believe!"

    I gave this book 5 star rating in every category! He delivered an unbelievable tale of world war two that I couldn't put down. Rarely do I find a book as compelling as this. I'd recommend it for everyone to read! Mark Sullivan exceeded my expectations.

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    4wordthinker 05-20-17
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    Great story and well told. Narration was excellent. It kept my interest throughout. Thank you

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    Tal Raviv 05-20-17
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    "An amazing story about war world two in Italy"

    One of the most interesting historical account I ever read and the same time deep tought provoking novel.

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    "Amazing true story"

    I have loved this boom what an amazing tale of family, bravery and love. Thank you Pino !

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