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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,421 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Steel Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2001 ISBN: 9780553754940
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Danielle Steel’s 51st bestselling novel tells the story of an extraordinary man, the woman who loved him, and a bond so powerful it could never be broken. It is about finding the courage to let someone you love fly free…

The phone call came on a snowy December afternoon. Kate was certain it was Joe, the brilliant, visionary man who had been her soulmate, her driving force since the night they met, almost thirty-five years before. What she got was the one call she had never wanted, and didn't expect. As the snow continued to fall, Kate’s mind drifted back, to the moment when she and Joe first met. She had been just seventeen and he was young, powerful, dazzling, and different from any man she’d ever known.

It was just days before Christmas, 1940. The war is raging in Europe when Kate Jamison makes her debut in New York City. In a room filled with the scions of East Coast society and the leading political figures of the day, it is Joe Allbright who catches Kate’s eye. At twenty-nine, Joe is the brilliant protégé of Charles Lindbergh, and already a legend in flying circles for his record-breaking speed and state-of-the-art airplane designs. All Kate sees is a tall, strikingly handsome man who seems at once awkward and larger-than-life, like a shining star- just out of reach. Joe, too, is caught off balance by his response to Kate, seeing in this beautiful young woman vitality and youth, the lifelong soulmate he never expected to find. As the months pass, they will meet again, forging a bond that will set the course of both their lives. Kate will go off to study at Radcliffe. Joe will skyrocket to fame in modern aviation. Joe’s planes are his life, his passion. But irresistibly drawn to her, moth to flame, he always comes back to Kate. Even after the long dark years of World War II, when Kate was sure she had finally lost him completely, Joe returns. Never willing to stay, always needing to fly away. As planes are for him, Joe is the passion in her life.

When the war is over, at twenty-four Kate wants marriage and a family. Joes wants the world, his limitless horizon, and the unique aviation empire he is building. Unwilling to wait any longer, Kate moves on with her life. But when a chance encounter brings them together again, the time has finally come to make a choice, one that will have profound consequences for them both for the rest of their lives.

Against a vivid backdrop of war and thrilling innovation, Danielle Steel breathes life into history, weaving an intensely human story that spans three decades, of two intensely different people who, in spite of themselves, are irrevocably woven into the fabric of each other’s lives. With rare insight and emotional power, she brings to life a tale of unconditional love, sacrifice, and compromise. The joining of two remarkable halves into a single far more powerful whole. It is a novel of extraordinary grace and compassion from a master storyteller, perhaps the best story she has told.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annabelle | 2/11/2014

    " The first book I ever read by Danielle Steel and I absolutely fell in love with the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 2/1/2014

    " This book was not one of my favorites of Danielle Steel- it repeated the themes too many times and made me just want the book over with which is aytpical for me with her books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/31/2014

    " Even for DS standards novel this wasn't great, but suited my desire for my beach house read, and I still have a week to go so the desire is still there! This story was flat, and with the constant toing and froing between the two leads was annoying, probably better for a Sweet Valley High novel! Very very very repetitious, and the re explaining every time they broke up and reunited. Not one of her best, but that's ok cause we don't have too high expectations but it does suit us for other reasons. I use 'we' and 'us' as I know this is how other readers think, no excuses need to be made for reading DS, although I did for a while!! It suits a purpose, come on, admit it!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 1/16/2014

    " World War II setting saga "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sandra | 1/12/2014

    " Not one of my favorite book but I enjoyed reading this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erica | 1/11/2014

    " Awful. The "hero" was a jackass and the girl was a spineless enabler. The only redeeming character was ruined to prop up the "hero." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 1/10/2014

    " This is another one of my favorites from Danielle Steel about Kate falling in love with a pilot name Joe, and wanting to be with him. This is a tear-jerker straight through with some historic elements in it. Good love and straight passion with suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avalia | 1/2/2014

    " Reeally good. It made me cry at more than one part, which shows how relatable the characters are and the connection you feel. I would reccommend this book for sure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 1/2/2014

    " Not one of my favorites. Its about a woman that has trouble deciding between two men. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maxine Weiss | 12/31/2013

    " I read this in large-print hardcover, and it's one of my favorites by her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 12/28/2013

    " One of Danielle Steel best. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 11/29/2013

    " Did not like this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana Henriques | 11/24/2013

    " One of the most beautifull books i've ever read. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 11/24/2013

    " Typical Steele but she threw in some tough decisions for the couple to make where you might find yourself asking 'what WOULD I do'? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carole | 11/13/2013

    " This is one of the best Danielle Steel novels I've read, maybe the best. I give it 4 1/2*. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber Sampson | 6/28/2013

    " I've read this book countless times. It's incredible! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hubjeanne | 3/27/2013

    " It took about 350 pages to get good; ending was nice. An easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashree Wiweko | 1/25/2013

    " First love means everything, by the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aakansha goyal | 11/2/2012

    " its one of the great work of steel.. no matter where you are .. if ur love is strong enough it will always find its way.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kofi Asante | 6/9/2012

    " This story got me glued to my seat for a week! currently rereading the same book.. try it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather75 | 2/25/2012

    " I read this book quite some time ago but I remember really liking it. It took place around WWI and it's a romance - I don't really know how to say anything about it without giving away the book. I have never read any other Danielle Steel book but I did enjoy reading this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jodi | 2/9/2012

    " I don't think she writes her own stuff anymore. Her earliest work was definitely her best. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Courtney Jordan | 12/16/2011

    " gave up on this one. I just didn't like the time period so could not get into it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anna | 8/20/2011

    " this is possibly the worst piece of garbage I have ever read. don't like leaving a book unfinished. that was the only reason i finished the whole thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stasha | 8/10/2011

    " This was the first historical romance that I read and I just fell in love with it. I think that this is definitely my all-time favourite DS ;-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avalia | 6/1/2011

    " Reeally good. It made me cry at more than one part, which shows how relatable the characters are and the connection you feel. I would reccommend this book for sure. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erica | 5/11/2010

    " Awful. The "hero" was a jackass and the girl was a spineless enabler. The only redeeming character was ruined to prop up the "hero." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anna | 4/4/2010

    " this is possibly the worst piece of garbage I have ever read. don't like leaving a book unfinished. that was the only reason i finished the whole thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leah | 2/11/2010

    " This book was okay to pass the slow time at work. I didn't like that she gave away the whole ending at the very beginning of the book. I guess this genre really isn't my thing. Adultery doesn't really sit well with me either, but that's just me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashree | 9/16/2009

    " First love means everything, by the way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 9/12/2009

    " This was a good book. Some bits seemed unnecessary to me, but to each her own. It all worked out as I had wanted in the end and the personalities of the characters were consistent through out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stasha | 6/21/2009

    " This was the first historical romance that I read and I just fell in love with it. I think that this is definitely my all-time favourite DS ;-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 8/20/2008

    " I really enjoyed this book. Two people drawn to each other then obstacles shove them apart. He is building an empire of airplanes. No matter how much they love each other things get in the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maxine | 8/18/2008

    " I read this in large-print hardcover, and it's one of my favorites by her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carole | 5/29/2008

    " This is one of the best Danielle Steel novels I've read, maybe the best. I give it 4 1/2*. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 4/18/2008

    " This is another one of my favorites from Danielle Steel about Kate falling in love with a pilot name Joe, and wanting to be with him. This is a tear-jerker straight through with some historic elements in it. Good love and straight passion with suspense. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jodi | 1/22/2008

    " I don't think she writes her own stuff anymore. Her earliest work was definitely her best. "

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About the Author
Author Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over six hundred million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include: Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, A Good Woman, Rogue, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.

About the Narrator

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning eight Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.