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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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    Paddington Sydney, Australia 28/05/2014
    Paddington Sydney, Australia 28/05/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Another enjoyable Belinda Alexandra novel"

    I love Belinda Alexandra's stories. While they are all historically and culturally different they all have an element of danger, an attractive and capable young woman as the main character, romance and a connection to Australia. I enjoy the background settings of these characters which are set in various countries in Europe or China. As a result of the turmoil of the major wars of our last century caused migration to counties like Australia.
    Sapphire Skies was fascinating dealing with aspects of Stalin's powerful and cruel regime in Russia. While I loved this book, it seemed a little shorter to me and in some places lacked the depth of some of her previous novels. However, I eagerly await Belinda Alexandra's next novel. I am a great fan!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynnette Dyer New Zealand 05/12/2016
    Lynnette Dyer New Zealand 05/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Another powerful story."

    I loved this one just as much as Tuscan Rose. Full of action, love, loyalty and humanity. Caroline must enjoy acting these parts, she really is my favourite reader.
    Again I learnt my history, this time in Russia.
    Thank you Belinda, you are a clever author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 02/12/2015
    Chris 02/12/2015
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    "Enjoyment factor"

    A little disappointing after the first 3 which were very good and really kept my attention

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    Rosemary Loxton, Australia 02/06/2015
    Rosemary Loxton, Australia 02/06/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it."

    A very interesting subject, a great read and the narration was fabulous as always. Recommended.

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  • Sara
    7/08/14
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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.

    31 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Kimberly
    FL USA
    8/03/15
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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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    Buderim, Australia
    24/07/15
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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!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • lynne m vokatis
    13/02/16
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    "Wonderful book"

    I loved Saphire Skies . And I love Caroline Lee as a narrator . She is one of my favorite narrators to date . I loved the story so much . Although I wished Natash and Valentine could have met to say goodbye . I cried and cried at the cemetery scene .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    WEST SUNBURY, PA, United States
    8/04/15
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Marie
    Arlington, TN, United States
    6/10/14
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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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Purple
    clovis, CA
    9/01/15
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kerrie
    1/05/14
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    "BRILLIANT"

    In Sapphire Skies, Belinda Alexandra took me to world I knew almost nothing about - women aviators in Russia. The twists and turns of the story combined with the factual account of much of WWII made this an audio book I just could not stop listening to. I was so sad when it finished. I felt bereft .... like I had lost a friend .... so much did I care for the main characters in the book. Add to that modern day Moscow, the plight of unwanted animals and the brave people who try to save them and the book became two stories woven into one amazing tale. The absolute brilliance of Caroline Lee's performance in reading the book made the whole experience so real .... I really felt I was there with the characters. This is a book not to be missed. Loved It, loved it!!!!

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy Dwyer
    13/11/14
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    "Great book!"
    Where does Sapphire Skies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was better than I thought it was going to be. As usual, Caroline Lee nailed it. Her Russian accent was a little off in some areas but it didn't ruin the story. I purposely look for books she narrates. Her voice is amazing!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kylie
    27/04/14
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    "Weaves history and a great story"
    Would you listen to Sapphire Skies again? Why?

    I really like fiction novels which also shed light on historical events- Sapphire Skies was a fantastic story about life before, during and after WWII in Russia. One of my favourite audiobooks so far, though I have enjoyed Belinda Alexandra's other novels.


    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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  • Maggs
    Port Talbot
    8/09/14
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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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