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A novel—inspired by the most celebrated regiment in the Red Army—about a woman's sacrifice, courage, and love in a time of war.

Russia, 1941. Katya Ivanova is a young pilot in a far-flung military academy in the Ural Mountains. From childhood, she's dreamed of taking to the skies to escape her bleak mountain life. With the Nazis on the march across Europe, she is called on to use her wings to serve her country in its darkest hour. Not even the entreaties of her new husband—a sensitive artist who fears for her safety—can dissuade her from doing her part as a proud daughter of Russia.

After years of arduous training, Katya is assigned to the 588th Night Bomber Regiment—one of the only Soviet air units composed entirely of women. The Germans quickly learn to fear nocturnal raids by the daring fliers they call "Night Witches." But the brutal campaign will exact a bitter toll on Katya and her sisters-in-arms. When the smoke of war clears, nothing will ever be the same—and one of Russia's most decorated military heroines will face the most agonizing choice of all.

©2017 Aimie K. Runyan (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Historical fiction at it best

Where does Daughters of the Night Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book would be at the top 10% of the books I have listened to The top 5% of historical fiction.

What other book might you compare Daughters of the Night Sky to and why?

(The Children's House of Belsen) Both books are filled with human weakness, suffering and heroism joy. If you want the human side of war, I would recommend both of these books.

What about Kathleen Gati’s performance did you like?

Her soft and gentle voice was rich and calm making the story equally rich.

If you could rename Daughters of the Night Sky, what would you call it?

I think the name is excellent as is. I sums up the subject matter extremely well.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Loved the book

This is a story that needed to be told. I enjoyed the story and the reader who represented the main character very well. So, when is the movie coming out?

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Narrator sets the scene

fascinating look at World War II from a completely different angle. The narrator made it easy to distinguish characters and follow with all the confusing Russian names. The only thing I didn't like was the very cliched ending. it is as if the author had an appointment she needed to get to, so just closed the book.

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Grabs you from the beginning!

Where does Daughters of the Night Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved this story so much I listened to it after reading it! This was amazing to listen to, it made me feel like I was in the story.

What about Kathleen Gati’s performance did you like?

I loved the emotion she put into it!

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Sheroes of Russia

This story brings to life the struggles of WW11 from a woman's perspective. I''ve always believed women have to work twice as hard as men to accomplish the same goal. The women in this book are brave, strong, and determined, yet they hold on to their womanhood. Not only is this story a work of historical fiction, jit is, at the same time, a beautiful story of friendship, loyalty, and love.

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The role of women in the war, written inspiring even for our todays of what good principles mean in case we have forgotten...

I like the fact that history was not distorsioned and there was no pick of sides in the war. Although a rather “happy” ending for the story, I enjoyed to have a “soft” presentation of what must have been probably a much darker past. The narrator’s “russian” accent makes the transposing back into the story at eas no matter when you pick it up again.

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Very good book!

This book had a great storyline. It was good to read about how women also fought for their countries and affected the war in their own ways

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Excellent Story, excellent narration

I read a lot of historical fiction in the WW1/WW2 with strong female leads, mostly based out of England and set in Europe. For instance, I loved listening to The Alice Network. It was so fascinating to hear a similar tale set in a place you read so much less about, Russia. I loved everything about it. The narrator was so spot on. Her gentle and deliberate pace made you want to lean closer to not miss a word. My husband even loved listening in when he got the chance.

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Pretty good.

Pretty good. It kept my intrest. A good read but not the best book I have ever read so that's why I have it a 4.

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Enjoyable story

Enjoyable and entertaining story. I enjoyed listening to it while driving to and from work.