Regular price: $33.60

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    771
  • 4 Stars
    644
  • 3 Stars
    200
  • 2 Stars
    41
  • 1 Stars
    18

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    603
  • 4 Stars
    281
  • 3 Stars
    66
  • 2 Stars
    16
  • 1 Stars
    6

Story

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    501
  • 4 Stars
    340
  • 3 Stars
    107
  • 2 Stars
    17
  • 1 Stars
    10
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Good story. Excellent narration.

I like historical fiction. By his book is exciting and offers a glimpse into a part of WW2 that you rarely hear about.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

one of my favorites!

This story was inspiring,it let's us know to always fight against the oppression from a government. Stand and fight, do your part to preserve your freedom.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Barry
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
  • 01-12-15

Exciting......

Great story, suspenseful, clever and interesting! A short story which reminds us how the war touched so many in so many different unexpected ways.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Good listen; a little predictable story line

Where does Hornet Flight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I thoroughly enjoy this listen -- I liked the well-constructed plot, although I knew where it was going. But the narration put it over the top -- so well done. Overall, I'd rate this as one of the more enjoyable books, but not at the top.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I might have laid out fewer story-line cues so that the listener wouldn't get too far ahead of the plot.

Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was the first John Lee I've heard. I'll be on the lookout for others.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Harold's father lied to protect Harold. It went against his beliefs and the love for his son became more important.

Any additional comments?

I do recommend this book. It's a wonderful listen -- lots of detail, which I liked because I it gave me clearer images in my mind. If you're not a fan of detail, I wouldn't recommend this book.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great story! Very entertaining!!

What did you love best about Hornet Flight?

Details, and the story itself.

Any additional comments?

Why make this reviews so painful? why not settle for a short to the point comment and that is it, maybe some other people like to go on and on but then some of us just do not have the time to be yakking about something that I enjoyed personally.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Are all Follet books the same?

It seems that Follett has about 5 or 6 cardboard character templates that populate all his books. It is so wooden even John Lee can't bring them to life.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Tim
  • United States
  • 01-01-13

Great Introduction to Follett

Hornet Flight is a great introduction to the author if you are not familiar to Follett's other work. Unlike his other epic novels that is really long and really well written, "Hornet Flight" gives you a glimpse of historical fiction, action, romance, and good old fashion family drama. This can all be achieved within 14 hours.

After you read this title, you will be ready for more, like Pillars of Earth, Fall of Giants, and many more intensive writing from Ken Follett. Many of his books are also in the abridge version, such as this one.

Please don't think about getting any of his books abridge because you will be cheating yourself. You will be missing a whole lot of substance from a marvelous writer.

To sum up my thoughts on this review, think Top Gun, but during the Second World War.

Good action in the sky.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Melanie
  • Leominster, MA, United States
  • 07-08-12

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.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • JackMargo
  • St Petersburg, FL, United States
  • 04-20-12

Underground Thriller

Would you listen to Hornet Flight again? Why?

Yes! I WILL listen to Hornet Flight again.<br/>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.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

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.