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Girls on the Line

A Novel
Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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“A moving tale of female solidarity and courage.” (Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network)

December 1917. As World War I rages in Europe, twenty-four-year-old Ruby Wagner, the jewel in a prominent Philadelphia family, prepares for her upcoming wedding to a society scion. Like her life so far, it’s all been carefully arranged. But when her beloved older brother is killed in combat, Ruby follows her heart and answers the Army Signal Corps’ call for women operators to help overseas.

As one of the trailblazing “Hello Girls” deployed to war-torn France, Ruby must find her place in the military strata, fight for authority and respect among the Allied soldiers, and work to secure a victory for the cause. But balancing service to country is complicated further by a burgeoning relationship with army medic Andrew Carrigan.

What begins as a friendship forged on the front lines soon blossoms into something more, forcing Ruby to choose between the conventions of a well-ordered life back home, and the risk of an unknown future.

©2018 Aimie K. Runyan (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Cindy Nipper
  • 29-03-19

Incredible story and narration!

I highly recommend the audiobook! The narrator was exceptional with both French and American accents. Even a singing part!
The story of these women serving in World War I as telephone operators is amazing and the end had me crying for all they lost and won. As a retired Navy woman, knowing these kinds of women went before me is inspiring and makes me feel even more patriotic. I am grateful for the hope this story enlists both in our past and in our future.

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  • Susan Nordstrom
  • 30-11-18

Hello Girls

Until recently I had not heard of the hello girls of WW1 and found this novel very interesting. I also didn't know of The influence these young women had on the women's suffrage movement The injustice of not recognizing the hello girls as part of the Army is inexplicable and unfortunately took too long to rectify. Telling their story is long overdue and Aimee Runyan told it skillfully

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  • D Belmudes
  • 13-05-19

So good … I read the book in one day!

What at incredible and thoroughly engaging story … from the very first page I was drawn in by the story and its characters. The author brings to life the 'boots on the ground' experiences of war time that traditional history books lack. Though fiction, I continue to learn from these historical novels and am humbled by the accomplishments of these women in spite of their limbo status between the Victorian age and a more progressive treatment of women. The author's notes provide additional historical insights as well as the sources of inspiration for the book.

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  • Christi
  • 16-11-18

Great WW1 Book!

I loved the story and writing. I learned so much about this war that is never studied before as the 2nd war is the I've I've always been more interested in. It's opened a dialog with my husband and we are exploring more from WW1.

The narrator's voice was rather choppy, but it didn't take away from the story too much.

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  • razz murray
  • 06-10-19

Excellent book about the hello girls.

I learned a lot more about the great war as its called. Ruby is,a great character with a ton of heart and bravery!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-08-19

Fabulous story!

I love history told in a great story. Things in this book I had no idea of. Excellent!

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  • L. Wolfe
  • 22-08-19

Syrupy tone

Reading is overly syrupy making the characters come across as whiny. The signal corps for women is not something I have read about before so that was interesting.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-07-19

Awesome

You will be a part of the lives of these very special people. Listen well.

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  • ND Roughrider
  • 06-07-19

This book is a great read, full of history & facts

I truly enjoyed this book and learning of the role women played in serving our country during WWI. The narrator does an excellent job of bringing the book to life!

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  • Elle Knowles
  • 02-05-19

Wonder war story

Well written. Lots of information about women in uniform in WW1 and what they overcame. This piqued my interest in women serving overseas.