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.
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"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)
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.
Without giving much away, the sacrifice Arnie makes left the biggest impression on me during this story.
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.
Yes, especially when the chase begins to really pick up. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened.
Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.
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.
The plot was artfully constructed and eminently believable. Follet is a helluva storyteller.
John Lee's characterizations and his tempo are perfect for the personalities and for the plot.
How good people can triumph over evil people
I had family in the Norwegian underground in WWII. I felt this story was realistic.
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.
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.
Yes, A seat of the pants thriller. A great listen for a long drive, you won't want to stop for gas.
Edge of the seat. Every problem that could arise did. Excellent detail and well told.
Can't recall. Good voices though.
I laughed and cheered!
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.
Taking pictures on the base.
Enjoyed the story very much and there were times that I got so involved in the story I found it difficult to stop listening.
Harold and Arnie were the unexpected heroes of the story. They came through when others thought them not capable.
Harold was my favorite.
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.
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.
James Lee's voice talents are wasted on this pitifully lame yarn. This makes "The Green Hornet - The Book of the Movie" look like quality literature - listening to it is execrable I'd rather stick pins in my eyes.
Hornet Flight is my first experience with Ken Follett, and came as part of a sustained documentary+film+book exploration of WWII that me and my 13-year-old son have been involved in. The great story is totally engrossing and the characters are believable and multidimensional. I thought the narrator was flawless, and added much to the feel of the story. My son pronounced it perhaps the best book he had ever "read" at the end of the last chapter. Highly recommend.
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.
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