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Sapphire Skies Audiobook

Sapphire Skies

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Publisher's Summary

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.

    37 of 46 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!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy 04-08-15
    Lucy 04-08-15 Member Since 2012
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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.

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    Purple clovis, CA 01-09-15
    Purple clovis, CA 01-09-15 Member Since 2017
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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 03-08-15
    Kimberly 03-08-15 Member Since 2017
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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.

    6 of 8 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
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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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    G. Weber Maryland's Eastern Shore, United States 09-27-17
    G. Weber Maryland's Eastern Shore, United States 09-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely Stellar In Every Way"

    I find it hard to fathom how an author can generate a perfect work of fiction like this. The story is intriguing, deep, personal, and heartbreaking on many levels. The language is clear and beautifully descriptive without collapsing into purple prose. The narrator did an excellent job shifting between the characters' voices and accents - added to the experience, whereas I often listen to a book only because I want to finish it, gritting my teeth to survive the narrator. Caroline Lee enhanced my listening experience. I hope to find other books she has narrated, and will definitely be listening to Belinda Alexandra's other titles!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Morrison 06-19-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Too depressing"
    What did you like best about Sapphire Skies? What did you like least?

    I listen to these books in the car. I always find they entertain me once I get into them. this is the first book I can't get into. I have never stopped listening to a book in five years, This one just upset me too much and the characters did not grab me, I love WWII era books but this one was not educating me or entertaining me. Bad choice for me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Crimson Petal and White


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No!


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    Great Lady 05-26-17
    Great Lady 05-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Captivating!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The story was captivating and the narrators ability to jump characters was done very well. She made the story come to life! There are so many pieces to this book...heart wrenching tragedy, sweet romance, mystery, action, adventure, triumph and defeat. I miss the characters now that the book is over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann marie harman ROANOKE, VIRGINIA, US 05-25-17
    Ann marie harman ROANOKE, VIRGINIA, US 05-25-17 Member Since 2012
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    "A wonderfully written story!"

    Truly enjoyed and plan to go back and. Explore her previous 5 books! True Heroines!

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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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