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Hornet Flight

Written by: Ken Follett
Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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From the master storyteller, a startling new thriller set amidst the Danish Resistance.

It is June 1941 and Denmark is under German occupation. On the rocky coast of Denmark, two brothers, Harald and Arne Olufsen, starkly different in nature, are straining against the rigid confines imposed by their austere, elderly parents and trying to find their own way in life. Meanwhile, a network of MI6 spies is attempting to decipher an encrypted Luftwaffe radio signal which mentions the new Freya-Gerät - a rudimentary form of German radar equipment.

Arne's relationship with Hermia Mount, an MI6 analyst draws him into underground politics, putting him under surveillance by the Danish security forces - and by one man in particular who has a personal motive to see Arne fall. It is only a matter of time before the brothers' paths converge in a united effort to overcome the Nazis. A disused Hornet Moth biplane is their only means of getting a vital message to the British....

©2002 Ken Follett (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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  • Marcin
  • 21-02-18

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Extremely childish snd naive. To naive for a good story. I know k follet, and like his work but this one should be max 3 stars

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  • Rollin
  • 19-05-15

Outstanding World War II spy thriller

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you like WWII thrillers, this is the book for you.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hornet Flight?

Probably the chase by a Danish Nazi policeman of the young hero who must fly to England with important intelligence about the Luftwaffe.

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

No, but I will certainly listen to more of his performances. He's great.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was just plain fun.

Any additional comments?

Follett's attention to technical, geographic and cultural detail about Denmark in the 1940s makes the book very engaging.

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  • Amanda
  • 20-11-14

A gripping story

Although after some of Ken Follett's books this seemed quite a brief novel, it was never the less a gripping story if rather predictable.
I m always astounded by the author's knowledge of the era about which he writes and this book was not exception and it brought to life an occupied country in WW2 which is little talked about these days

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  • Ellen
  • 15-09-17

Never really got my attention

I can't say this is a bad book because it isn't, there was nothing particularly wrong with the narration but I did find that I kept "tuning out" when so listened to it. There is a lot of danger, intrigue but very little suspense and I couldn't bring myself to care too much about the characters. It wasn't that they weren't each individuals but they were all of a type and rather formulaic. Some bits of the story just don't seem credible Karen for instance is too selfish and oblivious to the reality of he situation to make her realistic or some of her actions likely. I was disappointed and hoped for me and as other reviewers have said elsewhere the title gives away too much of the plot.

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  • Mr
  • 06-03-15

Really good WW2 novel

Really enjoyed this, shorter than his big sagas but still very good. Great description and characters building to a satisfactory finish.

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  • Denise Angela Robinson
  • 01-10-14

Intriguing Journey

What did you like most about Hornet Flight?

It was very factual, as well as a brilliant story.

What other book might you compare Hornet Flight to, and why?

I've not read anything quite like it before.

What about Nigel Carrington’s performance did you like?

Nigel Carrington's performance was fantastic.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A war story at its best!

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This book is exciting throughout, keeping the reader on his toes and not wanting to put it down. A must read

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  • Kirstine
  • 30-05-15

FIrst class story-telling

On the strength of how much I enjoyed, and admired, the author's Century Trilogy I gave this book a try. It's a terrific story that kept me gripped throughout. The characters are so well-drawn I felt I knew them and cared about their fate. The story maintains momentum and never flags, even when there are digressions about such things as how to fly a Hornet Moth aircraft. I was reminded of Frederick Forsyth's novels in the way that a fast-paced and thrilling spy-story story is meshed with precise historical and technical details that makes it all seem authentic.
Highly recommended.
The narrator is excellent.

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  • Tim
  • 16-04-19

Brilliant!!

This is a fantastic story and it is very well told. Highly entertaining from start to finish. Very 'boy's own' adventure. One of my new favourites by KF : )

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  • LRJ
  • 30-11-18

Enjoyable

Overall this kept me listening and was quite an exciting story. The reader performed it very well and I think made it more enjoyable than had I read it myself. Sometimes Ken Follett has a tendency to use slightly clunky prose and over-explain some things but all in all I found this a good listen. One slight problem was there seemed to be some sound glitches in the early part of chapter 31 so I missed some lines but whilst this was annoying it didn't impact much on the story overall.

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  • Lesley
  • 15-11-18

brilliant!

another brilliant book by Ken Follet and narrated perfectly
I knew I wouldn't be disappointed...other than I wanted the story to continue....

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  • Daisymae
  • 05-10-18

A Tense WW11 Triller

Another exciting novel by Ken Follett combining bravery, treachery, love and loyalty to create a story to keep the reader/listener gripped to the end. Nigel Carrington is a wonderful narrator, giving a sense of realism to all the characters.

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  • Ken
  • 19-08-18

Superb

Great piece of historic fiction and amazing narration. Looking forward to the follow up stories.

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  • Phillip
  • 19-12-14

Follett weaves fiction into history fabulously.

Follett's knowledge of the details of the period is very impressive. He never disappoints. The story of Denmark during WW2 is not commonly told. This story is a great yarn with a page-turning intensity typical of Follett's work. I listened to this book after happily digesting the nearly 100 hours of listening in the 'Century Trilogy'. His character development is impressive and Nigel Carrington's narration was simply superb... looked for him as narrator of my very next book. This book: highly recommended in the war-story genre.

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  • Kazablanka
  • 26-11-19

Kazablanka

Reasonable story, although I see the allied WW2 bombing campaign agaist civilians as a war crime so I strugged to buy in to the central premise. But nicely told, with good pacing and well-developed characters. My two biggest disappointments were (i) how unrealistic it was that the main protagonist was always so lucky, and (ii) that the author didn't draw out the emotions of the British M16 girl about all the good people captured, tortured, killed or otherwise hurt because of her (in the same way that he dealt with the emotional turmoil of the pastor). Loved the Winston Churchill voice.

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  • Richard
  • 11-09-19

Not really that great.

Unbelievable. Not in the same league as other Follet Novels. Not recommended, I am sorry to write.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-03-19

fast paced story of courageous people

exciting and hard to stop listening, as the story's characters and the twists suck the listener into a different world.

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  • Lincoln
  • 02-08-15

Great

Love Ken Follet. Hornet Flight delivers like all of his books do. My first audio book. Narrator was great. I can't wait for the next one