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Hornet Flight Audiobook

Hornet Flight

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.
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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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    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.

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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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Amazon Customer 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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    Glynn tucson, AZ, United States 06-22-11
    Glynn tucson, AZ, United States 06-22-11
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    "Truly awful"

    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.

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    Penny Lexington, KY, United States 05-20-11
    Penny Lexington, KY, United States 05-20-11
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    "Excellent listen"

    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.

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    mike 03-04-11
    mike 03-04-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Not Nearly His Best"

    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.

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    kentbb 01-26-11
    kentbb 01-26-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Ken Follett in Denmark"

    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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