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On Wings of Eagles

Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: History, 20th Century
4 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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Summary

When two of his American employees were held hostage in a heavily guarded prison fortress in Iran, one man took matters into his own hands: American businessman H. Ross Perot. His team consisted of a group of volunteers from the executive ranks of his corporation, hand-picked and trained by a retired Green Beret officer. To free the imprisoned Americans, they would face incalculable odds on a mission that only true heroes would have dared.

Please note: The narration speed for this title is unusually fast. The publisher is investigating the issue.

©1983 Ken Follett (P)1984 Brilliance Audio

Critic reviews

"A marvelous, rare, terrific read...as exciting as a novel." ( USA Today)
"Superb....Ken Follett's fans may be reluctant to see him return to fiction." ( The New York Times Book Review)

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Super fast reader

The book was read with such haste it was completely ruined for both my wife and myself, this caused us to abandon listening to the book after a matter of minutes.
I would definately NOT recomend this book to any one.

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to fast

the recording of this audiuo is far to fast. i couldnt understand what was going on. it wasent because my i pod was on double speed. it was at the correct speed at half speed but then had an eco

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Follett on Speed

What would have made On Wings of Eagles better?

A decent narrator

Would you ever listen to anything by Ken Follett again?

Yes I enjoy his books

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Because the narrator reads far too quickly and gives the impression he want to get through this at pace

Any additional comments?

This is the first time I have written any review but feel CHEATED by this poorly narrated book.

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Important History

The book was initially spoiled by a poor download speed, and had to be slowed dow down to 0.75 in order to hear it properly.

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Ross Perot - respect!

I was totally surprised that someone I new of, but not much about was such a brave and honourable guy. I hope it is true! Ken Follett does very little wrong for me and again I enjoyed his straight-forward approach and ability to keep the storyline interesting. Well worth a read.

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Decent story, terrible narration

Normally, I can quite happily listen to stories at 1.05 or 1.10 speed. This one was read at such a breakneck pace that I had no choice but to read it at 0.9. Any faster and it was too fast, any lower and there was a weird echo. I don't know what was wrong with the audio but something definitely wasn't right.

The story itself was a non-fiction accounting of true events and that I quite enjoyed. Sometimes the narrative hopped about a bit but I suppose that's how it went in real life.

Probably worth getting the physical book rather than an audiobook.

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Disappointing

Little action, long winded, nothing like Ken Follett's usual novels. Even no sex. Great disappointment.