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Sapphire Skies

Narrated by: Caroline Lee
Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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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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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!

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Not as good as I hoped

I did enjoy the details about history especially about the German concentration camps. I lost interest at periods throughout this book to be honest. I chose it based on reviews of The Bronze Horseman which said they were similar but this was definitely not as engrossing as The Bronze Horseman. Still, I enjoyed it enough to try more of Belinda Alexandra's books.
I do enjoy listening to Caroline Lee when she's using an Australian accent and she did do the Russian accent well too but she dropped in and out of character.

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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.

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

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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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  • 01-11-2017

Drove me mad. Couldn't finish it!

Why oh why has the author repeated whole chunks of narrative? It makes it too hard to follow the (very good) storyline. the first time I thought that I had inadvertently wound it back, but then it happened again and again. it got to the point that it was so annoying that I couldn't finish the book. I have read every other book by Belinda Alexander and she does not use this stupid trick anywhere else.

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  • MAGGS
  • 08-09-2014

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