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
"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)
My only complaint is that when the narrator did the female voices he sounded like he stepped out of a monty python sketch. But the book is compelling enough to overlook this.
I actually found myself making excuses to sneak off and listen to one more chapter.
This was a bit disappointing. I have read many of his books and I'm eagerly awaiting the 3rd in his trilogy. However, this one seemed to lack the usual Follett excitement. The story was rather contrived though it could have been very interesting, given the setting of 1939 just as WWII began. I felt like it was more a vehicle to describe Pan American's trans-Atlantic plane and capabilities than to tell a real story of people's lives. Also, the sex scenes seemed ill-placed and not at all important to the story but rather a way to try to keep reader interest. For me, those scenes just made me say, OK, get on with the story.
Yes, because I have enjoyed every other book by Follett. However, if this were the first one I listened to, it would be my last.
I liked reading about the Pan Am Clipper.
His English accents were not at all believable and his reading was not interesting.
If I could only cut one character, I would cut Mark. I think that was his name, the thief who is on the ship under a false passport.
I almost feel that Follett didn't write this book, perhaps he hired an aspiring college student. It is immature and silly.
In my six years as an Audible member--and some 70 books later--this is the first time I can honestly say I feel that I wasted my monthly credit. I can't figure out which was worse the writing or the narration and the mere fact that I spent so much time trying to separate the two warrants a one-star rating. I really can't invest any more time in critiquing this. It has already taken too much of my time.
Time well spent yes, well written, I am a big fan of Ken Follett.
Eddie, a man torn between his duty to his wife and his employer and his conscience.
His accents were awful, A terrible cockney accent reminiscent of Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins, an unrecognizable Manchester accent as well. For a book with mostly English characters, it is a shame the reader chosen was neither English nor someone who could do reasonable English accents.
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Riviting, exciting, believable
Yes. The character development was so good that I cared about what happened to them.
His naration was spot-on with accents and he has a calm, soothing voice.
I enjoyed the book and didnt mind sitting in traffic.
I read and loved this book about 10 years ago and I have to say I enjoyed the audio version even more.
probably not--don't usually re-listen to any titles
maybe some other ken follett's
I listen while walking--look forward to exercising while listening
This novel is written on a very thin premise. The lives of number of individuals who "collide" onboard this flight become entwined. However, it is very contrived in order to bring these multiple soap opera dramas together with some attempt at resolution. I learned more about the airplane than I did about the ability to tell stories that are believable and have some meaning. I did not really see the Follett grandeur or scope he is known for in this work. I really regret the purchase.
but not awful either. It started EXTREMELY slow, but once they get into the air, it picks up a bit. Compared to his other books I found the characters less believable and the story more of a stretch. The frequent sex scenes (even compared to Follett's other books) were horribly described and seemed forced-- very bizzarre. If you are new to Follett I'd recommend every single one of his books over this one (starting with Pillars of the Earth and Fall of Giants)... this was the only book by him that I had not read.
and classic Ken Follett style. This book is rich with history about the Clipper air craft which is, of course, no longer built or used. I felt the ending was rushed up. Plus, be eady to follow about 5 story lines going on at the same time. Sometimes I was lost but overall, very good book.
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