The Aviator's Wife

  • by Melanie Benjamin
  • Narrated by Lorna Raver
  • 16 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, acclaimed novelist Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America’s most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.
Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. Hounded by adoring crowds and hunted by an insatiable press, Charles shields himself and his new bride from prying eyes, leaving Anne to feel her life falling back into the shadows. In the years that follow, despite her own major achievements - she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States - Anne is viewed merely as the aviator’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness. Drawing on the rich history of the twentieth century - from the late twenties to the mid-sixties - and featuring cameos from such notable characters as Joseph Kennedy and Amelia Earhart, The Aviator’s Wife is a vividly imagined audiobook of a complicated marriage - revealing both its dizzying highs and its devastating lows. With stunning power and grace, Melanie Benjamin provides new insight into what made this remarkable relationship endure.

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Enjoyable, but not uplifting

While I did enjoy this book, it wasn't an uplifting read. I chose this book having enjoyed "The Paris Wife" and wanted to read another similar biography-style book. It was well-written and brilliantly narrated, but I could count the happy moments in this book on one hand and oftentimes found myself browsing Audible's comedy section for my next read. That said, I tend to be particularly sensitive to the kind of doom and gloom that wouldn't phase the average reader, and despite my comments, I did enjoy learning about the lives of Anne and Charles. I much prefer expanding my knowledge of history through novels rather than text books!
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- Emma

Captive story

Would you try another book written by Melanie Benjamin or narrated by Lorna Raver?

I didn't like the narrator so much. Every now and then I found she had quite a raspy voice,I liked the story, though I hesitated between 3 or 4 stars, but the book was quite captive all throughout the 400 pages, so that's why I decided to give it 4 stars.


What other book might you compare The Aviator's Wife to, and why?

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan.


Would you listen to another book narrated by Lorna Raver?

No, I doon't think I would.


Could you see The Aviator's Wife being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Witherspoon Reece could be a good choice for starring in this film.


Any additional comments?

I very much liked the cover of the book, and display on my iPod Touch

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- Frederiek

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-01-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audio