• Wild Swan

  • A Story of Florence Nightingale
  • By: Patti Callahan
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Erivo
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (2,820 ratings)

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Wild Swan

By: Patti Callahan
Narrated by: Cynthia Erivo
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Publisher's summary

In this captivating historical novella narrated by Tony Award-winning actress Cynthia Erivo, New York Times best-selling author Patti Callahan Henry celebrates the life of the mother of modern nursing and one of history's greatest heroines: Florence Nightingale. 

Wild Swan introduces listeners to the Lady with the Lamp long before she became a legend. In this poignant story, a young woman has just discovered her divine purpose to become a nurse, and struggles to make that dream a reality. While traveling abroad with her close friend, Selina Bracebridge - another strong woman living an unconventional life - a rare opportunity arises for Florence to practice medicine. Intellectually gifted with an advanced education thanks to her father’s progressive political views, can the daughter of a prominent English family defy Victorian societal expectations to fulfill her destiny? 

Over the course of a few short years, Florence remains brave and determined in the face of all obstacles, pursuing her passion against her family’s wishes. From her parent’s luxurious countryside estate in England to her travels abroad to the German medical institute where she first began her training and fell in love with her work, we follow Florence during these pivotal early years of her extraordinary life.

©2020 Patti Callahan Henry (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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About the Creator

Patti Callahan Henry is the NYT best-selling author of fifteen novels, including Becoming Mrs. Lewis and Surviving Savannah. She is the recipient of The Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year award as well as the Christy Award Book of the Year and The Alabama Library Association Book of the Year. Patti is the co-creator and co-host of the weekly web show and podcast Friends and Fiction. Once a pediatric clinical nurse specialist, Patti is now a full time author and lives in Mountain Brook Alabama.
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