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Summary

Set during the outbreak of the Second World War, Night over Water is a feat of storytelling from the best-selling master of the historical thriller, Ken Follett.

On a bright September morning in 1939, two days after Britain has declared war, a group of privileged but desperate people gather in Southampton to board the largest, most luxurious airliner ever built - the Pan American Clipper, bound for New York: an English aristocrat, fleeing with his family and a fortune in jewels; a German scientist, escaping from the Nazis; a murderer under FBI escort; a young wife running away from a domineering husband; and a handsome, unscrupulous thief....

©2018 Ken Follett (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Not one of Follett's finest.

Predictable formulaic plot, simplistic dialogue, slow and tedious in places plus excessively graphic sex scenes. And did one of Follett's characters really say '... or else the girl gets it!'. Hmmm, one to avoid unfortunately.

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Irritating narration is a let down.

Strange inflections suggest lack of understanding of what has been written. An intriguing tale nonetheless, but not one of KF's best.

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Not great.. robotic

Sounded like a machine - intonation in all the wrong places. pls no robots. Ty

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robotic delivery

really odd narration, lacked flow, in places sounded like paragraphs stitched together out of random words

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Run of the mill

Predictable plot which moved along acceptably. Good length. Sex scenes over-gratuitous and out of place.

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Good story diabolical narration

This was infuriating. The story and characters are a lot of fun - sort of orient express meets downton abbey beneath the shadow of war; romance and gangsters; might ‘die tomorrow so may as well sex’ in confined spaces.... But the awful narration was an insult to both listener and the poor author: like a cross between Thomas the tank engine and some awful vicar reading the bible; almost ever sentence read with a gap, then downward inflection (a full drop at the end as I came to think of it). Example of how little attention this lazy man gave to what he was actually reading was someone remarking ‘tonelessly’ with great animation and I could swear the characters were swapping accents. I ended up surviving the experience by mentally following the narration in my head and reinterpreting it as the words would have appeared on the page. Really do not know how anyone let this through the net. My advice - read the book and avoid this reader like the plague. (Oh and the characters, as depicted, were like cartoons - wildly ott accents that shredded the dialogue - so, maybe Thomas the tank meets chipper cartoon Americans and posh English people).

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Enthralling

A Fabulous read, and a brilliant story very cleverly done and terrifically well performed, superb.

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