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Soon to be a major television event from Pascal Pictures, starring Tom Holland.

Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, the USA Today and #1 Amazon Charts bestseller Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.

In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.

Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.

Fans of All the Light We Cannot See, The Nightingale, and Unbroken will enjoy this riveting saga of history, suspense, and love.

©2017 Mark Sullivan (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Chip Atkinson
  • 2017/08/07

The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

Rarely in life do we learn of unknown men and women who lived extraordinary lives far bigger than any Hollywood creation. Pino Lella is such a man. This story is based on actual, documented events in WW2 a 17 -18 year old Pino experienced.

We are introduced to Pino in the last two years of WW2. As the author points out, little is written in fiction or non-fiction about the virtual German occupation of Italy. Politically the two countries were considered allies, but in reality it was the German Army controlling Itialian forces as well as political policies. Mussolini was under house arrest by 1944-45, guarded by Germans. The country may have looked Fascist to the world, but its peoples were deeply divided politically between Fascist, Nazi, Communist and Democratic Populists.

Pino was and remains an upbeat, confident and humble man. Like most people who lived and fought in WW2, he reluctantly shared his story after over 50 years silence. In the two years he was active, he led jewish families to Sweden, joined the Nazi army as a spy, and was the driver for the highest ranking General in Italy. He served as the General's interpreter to Mussolini, and actually met him on numerous occasions. Keep in mind Pino was 18 when war ended.

The story is as complicated as Italy's politics were at the time. In under two years, Lella falls in love, becomes a hero by risking his life to save several Jewish families, joins the German Army to be a spy, is forsaken as a traitor to his friends and family and suffers tremendous loss through it all.

The writing and narration is eloquent and seemless. This is one of the best books Audible has to offer.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Bryan
  • 2017/05/10

History as good as fiction

Any additional comments?

I'm a daily listener to audiobooks while I commute. This book was SO good at captivating me and making mental images that it was almost too distracting to my driving!So in short, I dont write many reviews, but I LOVED this book...the story was great, the narrator was top-flight with excellent charachter portrayals, and the slice of life & time during WWII in N Italy satisfied the history buff in me. It really was as good or better than alot of fiction, but it was all true!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jeannie
  • 2017/06/01

Wow! This is a 10 star story!!!

This is one of the best books I've read or listened to, ever!!! I'm so thankful that such a gifted, talented writer took the time over 10 years to listen to and research this man's recounting of his life in Milan during World War II. Please take the time to read or listen to this book, in order to appreciate the heroism and sacrifice of this young man during the war. It makes me very sad, to think that without the persistence of this author, Pino could have died and his story never told! You'll never forget this book. Also, the narrator was the best!!!

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Melissa
  • 2018/07/25

Jumped the shark

I really wanted to love this. And I did - for the first 2/3 or so. It was engaging for the most part, and as far as I could tell, pretty historically accurate. But I swear this author has watched one too many action movies, as it just got more and more unbelievable as the book wore on. I'm willing to believe that Pino had quite an extraordinary WWII experience, but the outlandish fiction really took over to the point where I almost couldn't finish the book.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Linda
  • 2017/06/18

Great idea, some weak spots, OK overall

What made the experience of listening to Beneath a Scarlet Sky the most enjoyable?

This was an amazing story. The book lapsed into trite sentimentality several times with invented conversations in an attempt to flesh out the facts of the story and make it more believable. NOT NECESSARY! This book went in wild swings from amazing with the actual true story to deep lows when the author tried to invent conversations and add personal romance and drama. Again, NOT NECESSARY and those invented moments became a bit of "you have to be kidding me" moments in an otherwise outstanding true story. The true facts were amazing.....the invented fictional parts were completely weak.

Have you listened to any of Will Damron’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Wonderful narrator. Would be delighted to listen to other books by him.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ❤️🎧Cyndi Marie🎧❤️Audiobook Addicts❤️🎧
  • 2018/11/11

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

Personally I found this story engaging and heartbreaking. I am not a history buff so this is just my feelings on a fictional story not the facts or if they are correct. The author explains in the beginning that while this is a story about a real man, he was unable to get all the facts so he filled them in and that is why this is fiction. For me, even the idea that 1/2 this book could be true breaks my heart. Pino's story is extraordinary to say the least. What I liked the most about this story is that it didn't end with the war, the author continues to tell us what happened with most of the main characters until their deaths, so I am not left with any questions.

I enjoyed the narrator very much, even if he didn't do accents but I think that is what I enjoyed. All too often narrators who add accents actually ruin the story for me unless the accent is believable so I would rather have no accents then have bad accents.
#HistoricalFiction #WWI #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Nicole
  • 2018/06/30

I couldn't finish it

Poorly written. I am struggling to understand the number of 5 star ratings. I normally love historical fiction but this was just terrible. Shallow character development, unrealistic and drawn out.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Julie Washnock
  • 2017/06/01

Heartbreaking but amazing story

What did you love best about Beneath a Scarlet Sky?

The author brought history and emotion together in a way that had me captivated from the first moment.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them, he did a great job developing all the characters into people I cared about. Regardless of how big or small their part was in the story.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sheila-La
  • 2017/05/03

Just wow. Thank you Mark Sullivan....

I rarely review, but this was such a different, human perspective of WW2 in Italy and showed so clearly, how murky options and people can be in real life. I will bear witness to Pino's story, and remember he and Anna always..great narration too.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Regina
  • 2017/09/09

An Old Mans' Fantastic Recollections.

Any additional comments?

I was anxious to listen to this story...it was recommended by so many sites I follow. I felt let down. It was Forrest Gump does WWII in Italy. Compare this story to All The Light You Cannot See. or The Nightingale. or War Brides...the list goes on and on... It just doesn't compare. Narrator added nothing. The Anna story-line felt fabricated. It just never worked for me, none of the characters felt fleshed out...

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lanny 32
  • 2017/11/26

Incredible! Can’t wait to see the movie!

The story of an AMAZING man! Made my heart pound, made me cry, laugh, sigh, angry, sad, afraid, horrified: the whole gamut of human emotions, more or less! Inspires me to live MY life “con smania” (with passion)!

Very well read, & performed, that adds SO MUCH MORE to the story than just reading alone: brings Pino to LIFE, in all his charm.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Theresa A T
  • 2017/09/17

amazing and gripping

I wasn't sure about reading a war story but this is very different, must read

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dia
  • 2017/11/17

Remarcable beautif story of WWII, hopeful and sad

Great story which you can't let go, a glimpse into the a past, never forget

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Vivien Green
  • 2017/09/09

outstanding best read ever

I did not want this to end. So enjoyed every minute. narrated wonderfully. one of the best.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2017/09/24

Incredible tale.

A tale worth telling. 17 hours short. Difficult to predict. Even more difficult to stop.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • TheMarriedGuy
  • 2017/10/04

Book of the year. Beautifully read, and engaging.

Loved this book, and the narration. This is a truly extraordinary story or an exceptional human being. A must read/listen for anyone. Make no mistake you will be crying multiple time through this story and the narrator did total justice to this grand story

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Debbie
  • 2017/06/04

Absolutely amazing

I have listened to dozens of books around World War II and the stories it has to tell. This was brilliant. I cannot imagine what these characters went through and the fact that they really did just makes it even better. Definitely worth a read. It was well written lots of description that transported you to where the action took place you really felt like you were there and living it with him.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jackie
  • 2017/10/29

Amazing

What a fantastic story I couldn’t stop listening. An incredible insight into the war in Italy although heart breaking at times. Pino and his family have much to be proud of.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • chris
  • 2017/10/18

great book

Ì usually read crime but decided to try this. and thoroughly enjoyed it. worth reading

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • sunflower
  • 2018/01/22

did it happen

Would you consider the audio edition of Beneath a Scarlet Sky to be better than the print version?

haven't read the printed version..... why do both?

What did you like best about this story?

what I learnt about that period and those places in WW2; brought to life magnificently by the characters

Any additional comments?

intrigued by the "story". hadn't known much about WW2 in Milan, Italy. considered it an education

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jess_Rose
  • 2019/05/15

Brilliant book with war facts but a story book fee

I really loved this book and have already recommended it to friends. I loved hearing of Pino's story and life through the war and did not want it to end. I am interested in the war but prefer to hear about it in a story telling way, it was easy to understand and not too much war jargon. It made me laugh a few times and want to cry a few times. I enjoyed the narration of the book. After you have listened, make sure you go to the authors webpage for photos of the people (however not beforehand as it will give a few spoilers).

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Deed
  • 2021/04/14

Bravery

What a wonderful and courageous young man.
No one should have to experience or see what he did.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Nicky Webber
  • 2020/10/26

Brilliant WWll True Story

I didn't expect to get hooked in so quickly. Highly recommend this outstanding and gripping story.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2020/08/29

This is a most enjoyable book.

A history lesson about a little known theatre of the second world war. Great reading!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Natalie Ski
  • 2020/08/01

An emotional whirlwind

What an incredible story. So many turns along the way that will keep you hooked til the very end.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2020/06/07

Incredible story

A well narrated, engrossing story. If it was a book in my hands, it would be a page turner to not put down.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020/06/02

Wow! Loves this.

I loved the journey I went on into WW2 in Italy. Great narration.
I will listen to this book again.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Gerhard
  • 2020/04/26

Great Story, badly told and poorly read

Great story about WWII in Italy with some fantastic characters. The author felt a need to dramatise unnecessarily and the narrator then pushed it even further, nearly breaking out in tears on occasions. Shame

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tony Cox
  • 2020/04/05

Engrossing and fascinating read!

Beautifully written totally addictive insightful story about a time and place in history that I knew little about. Will investigate this author further!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anne Doherty
  • 2020/04/02

Really enjoyed this book

The book is well written and the story very engaging particularly as the story was about a real person. Very engaging.