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The Darkest Hour Audiobook

The Darkest Hour

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Publisher's Summary

From the Sunday Times bestselling author comes an epic tale of love, passion and heartbreak.

Love is as uncertain and as untamable as war…

In the summer of 1940, most eyes are focused on the skies above the South of England. The battle for Britain has just begun. But young Evie Lucas has eyes for no-one but a dashing young pilot called Tony. Evie has a glittering career as an artist ahead of her but seems to be wasting her time sketching endless portraits of Tony. She wants his parents to have something to remember him by in case it all goes wrong in the war…

Seventy years later, and recently widowed art historian Lucy is trying to put the pieces of her life back together. And in order to do that, Lucy needs to uncover the mystery surrounding a painting in her home. But as she accidentally ends up stirring up a hornet's nest of history which has been deliberately obliterated, Lucy finds herself in danger from people past and present who have no intention of letting an untold truth ever surface.

©2014 Barbara Erskine (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

Praise for Barbara Erskine:

"Her forte is mood, atmosphere and the toe-curling frisson" (Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times)
"Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable" (The Times)
"Marvellous escapist stuff" (Woman and Home)

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  • Karen
    Plumstead, London, United Kingdom
    7/9/14
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    "loved it................."

    I absolutely loved this book. I have never listened to anything by this author before, but found the story totally engrossing, I really didnt want to stop listening. The story is full of twists and turns, I loved the idea of the present day researcher uncovering the past, and the stories of folks long past. Its not perhaps great literature, but it was a really good story, well told and the 1940's 'Britain at war' setting gave the story a great back drop. There were bits of the narration that I found a little bit irritating, particularly what i thought was an overdone "camp" character, but as I got more involved in the story this faded in significance.
    20 plus glorious hours of story telling, I was tempted to call in sick just to hear the end......

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Lee Cousins
    Chicago
    7/18/14
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    "Brilliant story and beautifully read!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Darkest Hour the most enjoyable?

    The story actually pulls you in. you forget yourself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Evelyn, I could feel her pain.


    Have you listened to any of Sandra Duncan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This was the first but never the last! She is wonderful.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Very emotional at times both happy and sad.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot recommend this book highly enough, her very best!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Debra
    9/12/14
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    "Unputdownable!"
    Where does The Darkest Hour rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is currently joint favourite with another that is so different, it's not fair to compare.


    What other book might you compare The Darkest Hour to, and why?

    This is similar in formula to all Erskine's novels, but with a much more modern setting, even when the past is revisited.


    What three words best describe Sandra Duncan’s performance?

    Confident, competent, versatile


    Any additional comments?

    I was completely hooked into the story and listened whenever I could. The story unfolds slightly faster for the listener than it does for the characters, which is a very exciting technique. I have read most of Barbara Erskine's novels, and after Lady of Hay this is now my favourite. I was impressed to see that this time, her main protagonist doesn't allow the evil male character to send her mad or overwhelm her! I would recommend just about any of Erskine's novels if you enjoy history and supernatural nailbiters, with a dramatic climax and characters so well described that remembering the book is like remembering watching a film!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Madgey
    11/9/14
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    "Could not stop listening .."
    If you could sum up The Darkest Hour in three words, what would they be?

    Great story, atmospheric..


    What did you like best about this story?

    Don't really like supernatural..but Barbara Erskine makes you believe..


    What does Sandra Duncan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Excellent narration, accents..


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Enjoyed all..


    Any additional comments?

    Having read Lady of Hay..was reluctant to try any more from Barbara Erskine as that was wonderful and did not think any thing could be so good. However, this held my attention from beginning to end and even though the end may have been a bit predictable - could not wait to hear the outcome. I would definitely buy Lady of Hay in audible form..but for some strange reason only available in abridged version. Having read the hardcopy, would not want to miss a sentence..come on audible don't short change us. Bring Lady of Hay out in its full unabridged glorious version....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • dianne
    8/3/14
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    "so spooky!"
    If you could sum up The Darkest Hour in three words, what would they be?

    intriguing, dark, fascinating


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Evie. Her true feelings weren't expressed in the book & I wanted to feel where she was taking her future all the time


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    where all their spirits amassed at the end


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    lose yourself in the mystery & atmosphere of passing generations


    Any additional comments?

    can't wait to read another Barbara Erskine

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anita Shrirve
    United Kingdom
    6/5/16
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    "qq The Darkest Hour"

    A thoroughly good read. In parts it was tripping difficult to put down. In parts it was sad but showed how things can happen and have a life long effect. This book was well narrated and would make an ideal book to take on holidayaq

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire. Y
    uk
    4/30/16
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    "Not as good as previous Barbara Erskine books"

    LAdy of Hay has been one of my all time favourite books for a large portion of my adult life, and consequently I have always rushed to Barbara Erskine books. This story is enjoyable but a little too unlikely! Obviously all her books are "other worldly" but I felt this one was just too far fetched which spoilt my enjoyment a little. Previously I have always enjoyed the conversation with myself about whether I believe such things and to what extent....... This conversation won't last so long ;-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aileen
    2/7/16
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    "Best yet"
    What did you like most about The Darkest Hour?

    unputdownable! lost 2 nights sleep, excellent story with a nice twist, I always feel I'm part of Barbara's stories, I have bought every single book and my mum too.
    I learned more about the history of spitfires and got a small glimpse of what it must have been like for those amazingly brave pilots. I always learn new perspectives when reading her books, and revel in the spooky stuff, it all makes such sense. She is a fabulous writer.
    Her descriptions of the situations make it easy to be in there with them, I am very spiritual and it all makes sense to me. Her characters are always believable and her way of creating magic is second to none. I am a big fan.


    What other book might you compare The Darkest Hour to, and why?

    Nothing compares


    Which character – as performed by Sandra Duncan – was your favourite?

    Evie


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Love lost and found


    Any additional comments?

    please say there is another on the way Barbara.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pat H.
    9/2/15
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    "Problems with book"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think my problems with this book has been the download!
    1.The sound 'slides' so you only get in slow motion a strange sound.
    2. Several of the chapters have been a repeat of the a previous chapter, not necessarily a recent one. This is very frustrating, because I then have to find where the story follows.
    I normally enjoy a long book, but I have given up listening to this and will be returning as 'faulty'.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Barbara Erskine again?

    I like Barbara Erskine and have listened/read quite a few.
    The answer to the question is yes


    What three words best describe Sandra Duncan’s voice?

    A bit flat


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not at this point because of the reasons in Q1


    Any additional comments?

    I find that the download quality in the last year has deteriorated. Is this because another company are now involved?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • bodytone
    8/30/15
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    "Excellent ghost story"

    I have'nt read a Barbara Erskine for many years , this book reminded me of how I enjoyed her novels , I enjoyed the narration as she brought characters to life , a very good ghost story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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