Kudos to John Lee who does a wonderful job narrating. He seamlessly shifts among a multitude of characters with Danish, German and English accents. He also portrays the female characters without making you want to gnash your teeth like many readers do. He is ultimately let down by Follet and a cast of two dimensional characters and an ending that would make the Keystone Kops Kringe (sorry about that). A flight to carry information to England which will save the lives of thousands of airman and change the course of the war is put on hold for 24 hours because one of the principals has to dance in a ballet, even though the Germans and the Danish Police are closing in. This wasn't the first occurrence of what Roger Ebert called "the idiot plot" but this one set off a blizzard of eye-rolling plot devices that made me quit listening on several occasions. When Follet is at his best he's pretty good. This is a lackluster effort at best.
WW2 in Denmark. Important information needs to brought to London. Ordinary people are called into action and rises to the occasion. A lot of drama, love, excitement and humor.
Made we cycle very slow to and from work as I wanted to hear as much as possible each time.
And I enjoyed the fact that the story is set in Denmark. Funny to hear John Lee struggle with the Danish names and locations. And impressive how he actually got close with some of them ;-)
I really enjoyed it.
It was not quite up to Pillars, but it was very good nonetheless. I have a long commute on a weekly basis and have turned to audiobooks to kill the time. It takes a good story to hold my attention and keep my mind from wondering. I have never had that problem with any of Ken Follett's books-- Hornet Flight is no exception.
I really enjoyed this audio-book. I've listened to other Ken Follet books and John Lee does a great job narrating.
Rough outline: Danish resistance members are trying to help England's army battle the German airforce which has an uncanny ability to track RAF planes doing bombing runs.
I wouldn't call myself a fan of historical fiction but Ken Follet manages to introduce elements of history about which I was unaware without shoving it down my throat. It's a story about people and their convictions.
Suspenseful, interesting, and made me go download another Follet right away. Really enjoyed it.
And I say that with fondness. I've listened to Pillars of the Earth, World Without End and now Hornet Flight. They are all very enjoyable, but somehow just a little unfulfilling in the end.
Wow, this is a excellent listen of WW2 espionage in Nazi occupied Denmark. Mostly I was on the edge of my seat hopeing for the best.The Hornet's(a small airplane)flight out was something else!! If u want to escape from the present and enjoy defeating the Nazis once again, read/listen to this book..
You can count on Ken Follett to keep you immersed in a story. With this book, he does not disappoint. Despite the improbable confluence of action, he always makes it feel authentic and adrenaline-inducing. And John Lee, who is in the top tier of readers, always hits the right tone.
This was quite an interesting adventure with some insight as to the technological advances the Nazis had. This was one of the first Ken Follett books I have read. I would have rated it much higher if it were not for the time he takes to describe each and every movement of a character. I really don't care if the main character's tea is lukewarm or hot or if he likes it with sugar. As for the narrator "John Lee" fantastic. John Lee puts you in the action and develops each character into their own unique personality. Overall I would recommend the book to whose who like espionage and adventure. I guess I will be reading more of Follett's novels. At least I wont order as many books from Audible as they take quite a while to finish.
Another fine WWII novel by Ken Follett, and I thought his telling of Denmark's role in the war was an excellent choice. The story is largely told through the eyes of a Danish young man resisting the Nazis, several British intelligence types, and the Danes who collaborated with the Nazis. The actual flying of the Hornet plane was a bit hard to believe but made for good fiction. The book was another page turner, hated to see it end, as I hate to see all Follett's novels end. John Lee is one of my favorite narrators and does a good job in this one.