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Hornet Flight Audiobook

Hornet Flight

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Publisher's Summary

It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.

On a Danish island across the North Sea, Harald Olufsen stumbles upon a secret German installation. With England preparing its largest aerial assault, what Harald has discovered may turn the course of the war, but the race to convey the information could have terrible consequences for everyone close to him. For his older brother, Arne, a pilot in the Danish air force, and for Arne's fiancee, Hermia, an intelligence analyst desperate to resurrect the foundering Danish resistance. And most of all, for Harald himself.

Filled with knife-edge suspense and rich, tantalizing characters, this is Ken Follett writing at the top of his form, unforgettable storytelling from an unforgettable writer.

Don't miss Ken Follet discussing the history of the thriller and its role in literature at the 92nd Street Y.

©2002 Ken Follett; (P)2002 Penguin Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Consistently compelling." (Booklist)
"[Follett] hits the mark again with this dramatic and tragic tale." (Publishers Weekly)
"John Lee's performance gives a heightened sense of authenticity through skillful international accents that keep the narrative flowing smoothly....Good fun!" (AudioFile)

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    C. Cook 04-10-13
    C. Cook 04-10-13
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    "Good listen; a little predictable story line"
    Where does Hornet Flight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thoroughly enjoy this listen -- I liked the well-constructed plot, although I knew where it was going. But the narration put it over the top -- so well done. Overall, I'd rate this as one of the more enjoyable books, but not at the top.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I might have laid out fewer story-line cues so that the listener wouldn't get too far ahead of the plot.


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

    This was the first John Lee I've heard. I'll be on the lookout for others.


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

    When Harold's father lied to protect Harold. It went against his beliefs and the love for his son became more important.


    Any additional comments?

    I do recommend this book. It's a wonderful listen -- lots of detail, which I liked because I it gave me clearer images in my mind. If you're not a fan of detail, I wouldn't recommend this book.

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    louis r menendez Elk Grove, CA, US 03-05-13
    louis r menendez Elk Grove, CA, US 03-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story! Very entertaining!!"
    What did you love best about Hornet Flight?

    Details, and the story itself.


    Any additional comments?

    Why make this reviews so painful? why not settle for a short to the point comment and that is it, maybe some other people like to go on and on but then some of us just do not have the time to be yakking about something that I enjoyed personally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-30-13

    FredAllen

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    "Are all Follet books the same?"

    It seems that Follett has about 5 or 6 cardboard character templates that populate all his books. It is so wooden even John Lee can't bring them to life.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 01-01-13
    Tim United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2011

    Do you read the book before you dislike my reviews?

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    "Great Introduction to Follett"

    Hornet Flight is a great introduction to the author if you are not familiar to Follett's other work. Unlike his other epic novels that is really long and really well written, "Hornet Flight" gives you a glimpse of historical fiction, action, romance, and good old fashion family drama. This can all be achieved within 14 hours.

    After you read this title, you will be ready for more, like Pillars of Earth, Fall of Giants, and many more intensive writing from Ken Follett. Many of his books are also in the abridge version, such as this one.

    Please don't think about getting any of his books abridge because you will be cheating yourself. You will be missing a whole lot of substance from a marvelous writer.

    To sum up my thoughts on this review, think Top Gun, but during the Second World War.

    Good action in the sky.

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    Melanie Leominster, MA, United States 07-08-12
    Melanie Leominster, MA, United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Captivating"
    What made the experience of listening to Hornet Flight the most enjoyable?

    The wonderful narration and amazing performance of the Danish accents. John Lee is a master with accents and gives each character a distinct voice that makes the listening so much more enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hornet Flight?

    Without giving much away, the sacrifice Arnie makes left the biggest impression on me during this story.


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

    Yes, and I think this one was just as amazing as the rest of his performances. This was different because I had never heard an entire book with these type of accents.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, especially when the chase begins to really pick up. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened.


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    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 04-20-12
    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 04-20-12

    Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.

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    "Underground Thriller"
    Would you listen to Hornet Flight again? Why?

    Yes! I WILL listen to Hornet Flight again.
    This book was a great plunge into the mess that a start of a war can make of the lives of the people it affects.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was artfully constructed and eminently believable. Follet is a helluva storyteller.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    John Lee's characterizations and his tempo are perfect for the personalities and for the plot.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How good people can triumph over evil people


    Any additional comments?

    I had family in the Norwegian underground in WWII. I felt this story was realistic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jane USA 03-13-12
    jane USA 03-13-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Suspense"
    What made the experience of listening to Hornet Flight the most enjoyable?

    Ken Follett has a wonderful way of combining history and fiction. His characters are well developed and John Lee excels at bringing them to life.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot has many twist and turns which captures the imagination, but is predictible. I don't look to Mr Follett for suprise endings, but rather to be carried back to the times and places in which he sets his stories.


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    Jon Goodman 02-01-12
    Jon Goodman 02-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A great Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, A seat of the pants thriller. A great listen for a long drive, you won't want to stop for gas.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Edge of the seat. Every problem that could arise did. Excellent detail and well told.


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

    Can't recall. Good voices though.


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

    I laughed and cheered!


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    Joseph 11-03-11
    Joseph 11-03-11
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    "I'm Getting to Like Follett"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the fourth Follett book, or maybe the fifth I've read/listened to, and I find him to be most satisfying. Somewhat simplistic and not up to Eye of the Needle, Hornet Flight is still a good read. It revisits one of his passions, spies during WWII, but it is a great seam to be mined. I read both of the books about Knightsbridge cathedral, nice and long, and found them also very enjoyable. I'll continue to sample his work. If you are a fan, this is a middling choice but worth your time.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Taking pictures on the base.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Columbia Pete 09-05-11 Member Since 2007

    I'm Pete

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    "Great story about WWII espionage"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Enjoyed the story very much and there were times that I got so involved in the story I found it difficult to stop listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harold and Arnie were the unexpected heroes of the story. They came through when others thought them not capable.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Harold was my favorite.


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

    I enjoyed Harold's looking for his brother and unexpectedly finding a policeman at the safe house and Harold immediately pretending he was the husband of an expecting wife.. and he was looking for the doctor. It was cute.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed the other Ken Follett books I have listened to on Audible. This was not as long as his other works, but a very enjoyable story and performance. The performance helped me very much to imagine the characters, their location, and the action of the story.

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