The Hummingbird: A Novel

Written by:
Stephen P. Kiernan
Narrated by:
Elyse Mirto , John H. Mayer

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2015
11 hours 2 minutes
From the author of the acclaimed The Curiosity comes a compelling and moving story of compassion, courage, and redemption.

Deborah Birch is a seasoned hospice nurse whose daily work requires courage and compassion. But her skills and experience are tested in new and dramatic ways when her easygoing husband, Michael, returns from his third deployment to Iraq haunted by nightmares, anxiety, and rage. She is determined to help him heal, and to restore the tender, loving marriage they once had.

At the same time, Deborah’s primary patient is Barclay Reed, a retired history professor and expert in the Pacific Theater of World War II whose career ended in academic scandal. Alone in the world, the embittered professor is dying. As Barclay begrudgingly comes to trust Deborah, he tells her stories from that long-ago war, which help her find a way to help her husband battle his demons.

Told with piercing empathy and heartbreaking realism, The Hummingbird is a masterful story of loving commitment, service to country, and absolution through wisdom and forgiveness.
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Francis Allcorn

This book was a little slow to start and when the male narrator came on, I was a little confused. However, the more I listened, the more I got into it. I thought it a great listen, good story, well narrated by both narrators. The ending brought a lump to my throat even though we all knew the patient was going to die. After all, it is about hospice care and the last days of life. Very clever to intertwine the husband in the story. I highly recommend it and in fact, already have.

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