The Darkest Hour
- Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
- Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 07-03-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Love is as uncertain and as untamable as war…
In the summer of 1940, most eyes are focused on the skies above the South of England. The battle for Britain has just begun. But young Evie Lucas has eyes for no-one but a dashing young pilot called Tony. Evie has a glittering career as an artist ahead of her but seems to be wasting her time sketching endless portraits of Tony. She wants his parents to have something to remember him by in case it all goes wrong in the war…
Seventy years later, and recently widowed art historian Lucy is trying to put the pieces of her life back together. And in order to do that, Lucy needs to uncover the mystery surrounding a painting in her home. But as she accidentally ends up stirring up a hornet's nest of history which has been deliberately obliterated, Lucy finds herself in danger from people past and present who have no intention of letting an untold truth ever surface.
"Her forte is mood, atmosphere and the toe-curling frisson" (Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times)
"Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable" (The Times)
"Marvellous escapist stuff" (Woman and Home)
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Karen on 07-09-14
I absolutely loved this book. I have never listened to anything by this author before, but found the story totally engrossing, I really didnt want to stop listening. The story is full of twists and turns, I loved the idea of the present day researcher uncovering the past, and the stories of folks long past. Its not perhaps great literature, but it was a really good story, well told and the 1940's 'Britain at war' setting gave the story a great back drop. There were bits of the narration that I found a little bit irritating, particularly what i thought was an overdone "camp" character, but as I got more involved in the story this faded in significance.
20 plus glorious hours of story telling, I was tempted to call in sick just to hear the end......
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
By Mrs. Lee Cousins on 07-18-14
Brilliant story and beautifully read!!!
What made the experience of listening to The Darkest Hour the most enjoyable?
The story actually pulls you in. you forget yourself.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Evelyn, I could feel her pain.
Have you listened to any of Sandra Duncan’s other performances? How does this one compare?
This was the first but never the last! She is wonderful.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Very emotional at times both happy and sad.
Any additional comments?
I cannot recommend this book highly enough, her very best!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Catherine on 06-29-18
I have always loved Barbara Erskines writing.
The way she blends past and present is truly amazing. Each character described so you see them clearly in your mind.
Great story which had me on the edge of my seat many times right to the end.
By nelly dean on 08-12-17
Love enduring love , across the heavenly realm !
I loved the voices , I loved the characters ! The male mysogeny is alive and well and is kept flourishing by the subservient position woman were in at the time , 1930 - 1950 . Even women who made their own money were treated no better