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The Aviator's Wife Audiobook

The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

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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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    tooonce72 01-19-13
    tooonce72 01-19-13 Member Since 2007
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    "The Things You Didn't Learn About Him In School"
    What made the experience of listening to The Aviator's Wife the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


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

    She Stood By Her Man.


    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Palo Alto, CA, United States 07-17-14
    Julie Palo Alto, CA, United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Hang in there - the awful narration gets better"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Aviator's Wife to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed learning more about the history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Washington, DC, United States 11-15-13
    Alison Washington, DC, United States 11-15-13
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    "Can't believe she was a feminist."
    Where does The Aviator's Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    It made me want to kick everyone... Anne needed to grow a set and Charles needed to have his set removed.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nora San Francisco, CA, United States 02-11-13
    Nora San Francisco, CA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Fictional bio about fascinating woman"
    Would you listen to The Aviator's Wife again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ann - of course. I read the excellent bio of Charles Lindbergh by Scott Berg so got the "male" perspective. She has always intrigued me.


    Did Lorna Raver do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes with the exception of the above criticism.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Listening - made me want to reread/listen to "Gift from the Sea"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Brackettville, TX, United States 01-17-13
    Linda Brackettville, TX, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Boring"

    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.

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    Barbara Johnston 03-09-17
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    "Enjoyable, yet slightly aggravating"

    I enjoyed many parts of this book, and the performance was great. Nevertheless, I was left feeling somewhat aggravated. The early parts where Anne told us about feeling inferior to her sister and complaining about her nose were trite and pathetic. She and her entire circle of friends and family were privileged beyond belief! There was little recognition that Anne or her family realized how fortunate they were. I loved Anne's mom, and felt like I wanted to learn more about this fascinating person. Charles, on the other hand, was portrayed as an unfeeling and utterly horrid man, so I could not believe that Anne still loved him in the end. Then there was at least one glaring historical error: Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969, not 1968. Nixon would not have been president had it happened in July 1968. It amazed me that no one caught or corrected this error.

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    Nakota 03-06-17
    Nakota 03-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    You'll enjoy this if you're ready for a sad story. It was quite depressing actually...

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    Debby L. Bunn Marietta, GA 02-24-17
    Debby L. Bunn Marietta, GA 02-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    What did you love best about The Aviator's Wife?

    The end when the final betrayal was found out


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was interesting and it made me go back and do a little research on the Lindbergh family


    What about Lorna Raver’s performance did you like?

    It was pleasant


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

    It was a good title


    Any additional comments?

    Overall interesting, but I think Anne came from a privileged life and some of her expectations were unrealistic, at least in this book

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    ileana 02-08-17
    ileana 02-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A heroine behind the hero"

    A very emotional novel that combines actual facts with fiction to let us know about a very powerful woman who was able to keep her family together and survived serious events. This is a book that we can not put it down.

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    Carolina Winston Salem, NC 11-17-16
    Carolina Winston Salem, NC 11-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "An Awesome Read"

    My husband and I flew for years., for recreation

    Can't imagine what Ann L. had to put up with.

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