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The Nightingale Girls Audiobook

The Nightingale Girls

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Three very different girls sign up as trainee nurses at a big London teaching hospital in 1934. Dora leaves her overcrowded, squalid working-class home for a better life. But has she got what it takes to keep up with other, better-educated girls? And will her hated stepfather ever let her go? Helen is born for the job; her brother is a doctor, her all-powerful mother a hospital trustee. But will Helen’s secret misery be her downfall? An aristocratic rebel, Millie’s carefree attitude will find her up in front of Matron again and again. Will she ever care enough to make a nurse? Or will she go back to the glamorous life she was born to? What have they let themselves in for?

©2012 Donna Douglas (P)2013 Soundings

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    Enquiring Mind 03/04/2015
    Enquiring Mind 03/04/2015
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    "What a surprise!"

    This is not my usual kind of book - I am more a horror, crime and sci-fi fan. I bought this because of the length (I had a long train journey coming up) and wanting something easy on the ear. And what a surprise! I got hooked and drawn into the story very quickly, and absorbed in the lives of the characters. I've bought the next two in the series and can't wait to hear them. Only one tiny weeny little thing, the narrator is excellent, but her delivery gets a little high-pitched and nasal when speaking the parts of the "posh folk", but it's not enough to spoil anything or put me off buying the rest of the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Highlight 03/08/2015
    Highlight 03/08/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent First In Saga of Nightingale Nurses"

    Excellent book giving an a near true account of what life was like for our
    nurses since the days of Florence Nightingale. These books can become quite addictive. Daily gossip of life in the stringent run hospitals is intriguing and will appeal to anyone with a humane spirit and for those who enjoy living or learning about nursing; especially in the Florence Nightingale Club.

    The narrator Penelope Freeman brings alive all of her characters adding to the enjoyment of these books. Her imitation of the males is fun. She has a way of sounding like a couple of the male actors on screen. When she is 'male' it is quite astonishing to think a female is doing the voice. Freeman is endearing and truly relaxes into her job.

    I have already purchased the 2nd in the saga with a view to go on to purchasing the whole set. I will take one book at a time as I do not normally buy sagas that go on into 7 or 8 books due to repetitiveness sneaking into the 3rd round. But who knows, these are so enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane White Uxbridge, Middlesex United Kingdom 23/02/2015
    Jane White Uxbridge, Middlesex United Kingdom 23/02/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Training and life of the original nightingale nurs"
    What did you like most about The Nightingale Girls?

    The story had me gripped from posh to poor then all had their places to fill.
    Each nurse had their own background story to tell which made interesting listening.
    All that glitters is not gold springs to mind.


    What other book might you compare The Nightingale Girls to, and why?

    a long time ago I read a book about young mothers being sent away to convents to have with babies because they were unmarried, this made me think of the hard times they had.


    Which character – as performed by Penelope Freeman – was your favourite?

    Dora Doyle isn't so lucky as she wasn't from a wealthy background but she was so good with other people and always ready to help others even when they wasn't nice to her.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Helen stood up to her mother.


    Any additional comments?

    A good listen it leaves you wanting most the follow on book is called Nightingale Sisters,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 17/02/2015
    Jennifer 17/02/2015
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    "Lovely light read"

    I picked this book up on a whim as part of a 2 for 1 sale, but I'm really glad I did. I found the story thoroughly engaging (even if it was quite predictable). I highly recommend for anyone looking for a bit of light, chick lit, historical fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen Gorgie 17/04/2017
    Carmen Gorgie 17/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous"

    I loved this story I laid in bed listening to it night after night. Brilliant

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    Penny United Kingdom 16/01/2016
    Penny United Kingdom 16/01/2016 Member Since 2006
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    "Delightful, enjoyed every minute"

    I found The Nightingale Girls by accident, and read several reviews which applauded the author and the elegantly written novels, I loved the social nuances around the girls and their individual stories, as well as the thoughtfully depiction of nursing in 1935.
    I am a crime fiction, turned supernatural lover, however I needed a rest from all the dark stuff, so I will now buy the next I'm the series of The Nightingale Girls, to listen to as an antidote to my otherwise murky world of listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mrs s curtis 27/11/2015
    mrs s curtis 27/11/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "End"

    I thought the story was very good but it seemed that at the end of the book

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    Adele Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom 11/05/2015
    Adele Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom 11/05/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story & excellent narration"

    I've listened to all the nightingale stories and can't fault any of them. I really love the narrator's voice and her ability to change her tone and accents to suit different characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Loughborough, United Kingdom 11/02/2014
    Mrs Loughborough, United Kingdom 11/02/2014
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about The Nightingale Girls?

    It was just a glorified love story under the banner of a hospital setting


    What could Donna Douglas have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Made it more about the experiences of nursing and hospital life


    What does Penelope Freeman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    None really - it was just that she did the accents well and her voice was the only thing that kept me listening


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No - worst book I have had from audible


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Buffy
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    22/12/16
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    "Very enjoyable read..."

    I really enjoyed this book. I would've given it five stars except for the voices of some of the nurses. But don't let that deter you. All the characters seem very real and down to earth.
    I didn't want the book to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Artist's Pencil
    01/08/17
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    "Fascinating book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Nightingale Girls to be better than the print version?

    I am listening to this in the audible version. Often while listening to an audio book it is hard to keep the characters straight but in The Nightengale Girls I didn't have any problem at all. The characters were brought to life and I had a hard time stopping while I was listening to it. I always have a book going while in the car, with this book I would park my car at my destination and not get out because I felt like I was actually one of the nurses in training.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I would have a hard time trying to pick just one area that I liked best, they were all good.


    Which character – as performed by Penelope Freeman – was your favorite?

    I could totally relate to Dora, I loved her ambition and her kindness. She was sexually abused by her step father but the author didn't go into graphic detail, just how it made her feel repulsed by him. I could picture her from the discription and I enjoyed her voice the best.


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

    Even when the young ladies were working hard at their studies and long hours on the wards, I found myself rooting for most of them and the patients were often funny or so sad and I could relate to both sides of the "bed".


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book and the whole series, I am on book 4 now and none of them disappoint. There is just one character that I find the "voice" irritating to listen to. Thankfully she is more of a minor role so it isn't too much of a bother. I won't say her name, I'm sure that you will be able to figure out who she is when you come to her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • deborah jernigan
    31/12/16
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    "For young girls"

    This book may appeal to you, if you are 12 and under I'm a grown woman of 54 and there's no way I could even get through the first hour

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • susan
    West Chester, OH, United States
    05/05/15
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    "I guess I'm buying three more books..."

    Enjoyable book, nice narration. I like this narrator; she really makes annoying characters grate on my nerves. Listened to it in three days (one long car trip)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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