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)
Ken Follett always knows how to powerfully blend history with a bit of fiction. In this story he takes a little know piece of aeronautical history and makes a fiercely frightening story. It is s page turner!
I'm lazy, I like to listen.
No, but interested.
I don't know if I have, but it was well done.
Night Over Water
Yes. I would like to hear the passages again, and recall some of the great details that Ken Follett put in this book, about the characters and the fast moving action and events in the story.
This book is almost uncomparable in its attention to detail and events that are moving at the rapid pace, in sync with the fast moving plane(s) that the characters are traveling on.
The scenes on the Clipper are my favorites. But the scene describing Elizabeths departure from her family during the rail journey from London to Southampton was dramatic. Also, the plane ride carrying Nancy and Merv from England to Ireland.
Certainly, the dramatic ending with Margaret and Percy, saving the honor of their family, against all odds and especially the tyrant of their father.
This is an excellent audio book. The story and dialogue is crisp and fast moving. The exciting passage of the Pan Am Clipper, and the dramatic life stories unfolding as the pages turn, keeps you listening and coming back for more.
Spring City Jim
I really enjoyed this tale. It took me back to a time when things were much simpler and aligned with my personal values. At times i felt like i was part of the dialog or sitting in one of the passenger cabins. I regretted reaching the end.
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.
No particular favorite
Wonderful history and airplane background, characters were well developed. I disliked the rushed ending and nearly stopped listening.
I have enjoyed Ken Follett novels in the past, but the narration of this audiobook was so poor that the characters were completely unconvincing.
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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