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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Sorry... this one wasn't worth listening to. Story was weak. Narrater even weaker... was read like a news report from '60 minutes'. Ken Follet has written a lot of good titles... this wasn't one of them! (Have you listened to World Without End?)

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Another great novel

Ken Follett has to be one of the best writers of our time. This is another novel that is rich in character development, story line, suspense, the opposition of good and evil and characters that face moral choices that affect others in the novel.

Well worth the read.

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  • Becky
  • Carmel, IN, United States
  • 09-08-08

One of the best

I stumbled on Ken Follett when I joined Audible. What a writer! He is an amazing storyteller and builds characters like few can. Pillars will be in my top five favorites of all times. World Without End is slower to take off, but picks up pace quickly. Love them both!

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  • lerone
  • ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada
  • 11-13-17

War; Family and Truth

A very entertaining book. Was really surprise with the flow of the plot- no history listen just a fun narrative.

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Would be a good book if it weren’t 50% soft porn- boring

I wish Follett would remember how he wrote his early books. He’s a wonderful writer when he doesn’t feel compelled to write soft porn. What a waste. The story line is good but I gave up on it half way when there was just one gratuitous sex scene after another. The shame is that unlike many poor writers, Follett doesn’t have to resort to trash to sell books and he used to know it. This is the last one I will buy.

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Another Follett well worth the listen!

Nicely informative and of historical value for pre-WWII context NIGHT OVER WATER is a smooth listen that is hard to turn off.

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Night Over Water

The book kept my interest but I have read several of his novels that where much better.

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Interesting story

Story and characters held my interest even if storyline about mafia somewhat difficult to believe. Felt the author's tendency toward erotic scenes were unnecessary to story and embarrassingly crass. It diminished the overall quality of the story telling.

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Surprisingly disappointing from Follett.

Unlike most Follett this didn't grab my attention much. It was okay which is a big disappointment from such a great author.

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A Follettt Flop

This novel takes place on a Pam Am Clipper flight of 27+ hours. I think the author spent about the same time writing the book. The plot is predicable, the characters are stereotypes, and only the ending provides some humor. Ken Follett has written some good books, e.g., The Eye of the Needle and Key to Rebeca, but Night Over Water does not come close. The narrator, Tom Casaletto, did a good jab considering the material. I read about 80 books a year; this one falls in the lower 10%. I do not recommend it.