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.
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"One of our great storytellers.'" (Sunday Telegraph)
Really Enjoyable read
Loved narrator not heard her before
Don't know but I did listen to book fairly quickly
Really enjoyable book
"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.
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.
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!
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 .
"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.
"Wonderful Book, don't miss out on this one"
Wonderful, Educational, and this book is a page turner. Rich in history!
Caroline Lee's performance is excellent!
Worth a credit. Don't miss out on this one.
"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.
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!!!!
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!
"Weaves history and a great story"
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.
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