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Night over Water Audiobook

Night over Water

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Publisher's Summary

On a bright September morning in 1939, two days after Britain declares war on Germany, a group of privileged but desperate people gather in Southhampton to board the largest, most luxurious airliner ever built - the Pan American Clipper - bound for New York.

The passengers include a fascist English aristocrat fleeing with his family and a fortune in jewels; a German scientist escaping from the Nazis; a murderer under FBI escort; a beautiful young woman heading for a new life; and a handsome, charming, unscrupulous thief.

They will be in the air for 30 hours, soothed by the carpeted lounges, the curtained beds, the gourmet dining room, and the endless champagne. But once inside the flying palace, there is no escape. Over the Atlantic, the Clipper's passengers are gripped by mounting fear and tension as their journey reaches the point of no return.

©1991 Ken Follett; (P)1991 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Follet soars to a thoroughly satisfying ending with aeronautical precision." (Publishers Weekly)
"Tom Casaletto's glib performance makes this seemingly endless journey fly by with ease. His many accents are first-rate." (AudioFile)

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    Larry Sandusky 10-21-15
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    "Night Over Water"
    Would you try another book from Ken Follett and/or Tom Casaletto?

    Yes


    Would you recommend Night over Water to your friends? Why or why not?

    I'm mixed on this book, as it was entertaining until it rushed to conclusion. The ending seemed forced, as if the author was in a hurry to wrap up several plot lines.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Casaletto – was your favorite?

    No particular favorite


    Was Night over Water worth the listening time?

    Wonderful history and airplane background, characters were well developed. I disliked the rushed ending and nearly stopped listening.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Michael 10-15-15
    Michael 10-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "the English folks sounded australian."

    A bit of a struggle in the start but the story soon gets you hooked. the accents were WAY off which bothered me a bit.

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    Hilary A Harston North Andover, MA United States 09-26-15
    Hilary A Harston North Andover, MA United States 09-26-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Really poor narration"

    I have enjoyed Ken Follett novels in the past, but the narration of this audiobook was so poor that the characters were completely unconvincing.

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    Nina Beaconsfield, QC, Canada 09-21-15
    Nina Beaconsfield, QC, Canada 09-21-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun romp, terrible narration"

    Fun story, clips along at a good pace and made me keep listening, but...

    Since this was recorded in the early nineties, I can only presume there were no British people available who could read out loud. The narrator delivers the entire thing like a news report in clipped American tones, and his attempts at a British accent would make Dick VanDyke proud. This is actually quite hysterically funny during the sex scenes!

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    Abescott 08-29-15
    Abescott 08-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A thriller well told"

    A thriller well told. It is what you expect to get from the author. The story builds all the way through to a terrific conclusion.

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    LadyPendragon 08-23-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Reliably Great"

    Ken Follett is one of those author you can count on for a great read. You don't need to read the jacket for the story line to know it will be riveting.

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    A. Kokkinis 08-13-15
    A. Kokkinis 08-13-15
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    "Average story, horrible narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the narrator. The performance and editing were atrocious. The reading pace was unnatural. It was too fast on 1x speed, too slow on half speed. It almost sounded like it was rushed. Transitions between sentences were sometimes abrupt. Even the voices for a character changed, sometimes even within the same minute. It was obvious the character parts were read separately and then edited together to piece together the narration. While that may be the right process, the process was not executed well, it should be (mostly) transparent to the listener.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tom Casaletto’s performances?

    Definitely not.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Possibly.


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    VAreader 07-23-15
    VAreader 07-23-15
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    "Grade: D-"

    One of the worst books I have read/listened to in decades. Cardboard cutout characters; hopeless dialogue; an implausible plot bordering on the outright laughable. Lame lame lame. The sole redeeming feature is the detailed description of the Clipper itself - but could have got that from Wikipedia (or Brittanica back in the day). The narrator does a good job but my sympathies are certainly with him having to plod through this garbage. How Ken Follet has been so successful in publishing such stuff is beyond me but I certainly won't ever be a repeat purchaser. D-

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    R. Volcheff Wisconsin 07-15-15
    R. Volcheff Wisconsin 07-15-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Not one of the better audible books I have listened to."

    The audible part keep reminding me what my Kindle sounded like before Whisper. There were times that it sounded like a computer. I am not sure if this was the reader or production of it. The story was ok, I was surprised that it was a Ken Follett book.

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    Melinda Thompson 07-02-15
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    "I love the printed version of this book"
    What did you like best about Night over Water? What did you like least?

    I have read Night over water sever times (in two languages) and I loved it.
    The narrator, however does such a poor job that I just wanted to stop listening several times.
    It is hard to follow when a scene (or even a sentence) ends and when the next one starts. It almost feels a machine is reading the story, not an actual person.
    Very disappointed with the narrator, but I still love the book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tom Casaletto’s performances?

    NO! If I was into futuristic books and Tom Casaletto was the robot in there, maybe.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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