Under a War-Torn Sky

by | Read by Elizabeth Wiley

Published by Tantor Audio

When Henry Forester is shot down during a bombing run over France, the World War II pilot finds himself trapped behind enemy lines. In constant danger of discovery by German soldiers, Henry begins a remarkable journey to freedom. Relying on the kindness of strangers, Henry moves from town to town—traveling by moonlight, never asking questions or even the names of the people who help him along the way. Each day brings him closer to home, yet every step in enemy territory invites new dangers. Even as Henry fights for his own life, he quickly grows to realize the peril that surrounds all of the French people and to admire the courage of the freedom fighters who risk death to protect him. Suspenseful and achingly true, this critically acclaimed and deeply beloved novel explores the heartbreak of war, the strength of the human spirit, and one young man's struggle to protect the things he loves.

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Under a War-Torn Sky

In 1944, 19-year-old American pilot Henry Forrester is shot down over France. Narrator Elizabeth Wiley impeccably inhabits the young man as he copes with this terrifying situation. The Virginia farm boy often hears his abusive father's voice in his head, which ultimately helps him survive. Wiley’s true-to-life German and French accents, characterizations, and performances of moving hymns and war songs add to the atmosphere of this fine novel. When Forrester is finally rescued, conversations with the Resistance are often in French, giving young listeners the opportunity to learn a few words. Wiley deftly presents a range of emotions; in particular, her evocation of personal terror is realistic and nerve-racking. The epilogue reveals that the author based the story on her own father's wartime experiences. S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, SYNC 2015 © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine


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