The Darkest Hour

  • by Barbara Erskine
  • Narrated by Sandra Duncan
  • 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the Sunday Times bestselling author comes an epic tale of love, passion and heartbreak.
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.

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What the Critics Say

Praise for Barbara Erskine:
"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)

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Customer Reviews

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loved it.................

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......
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- Karen

Could not stop listening ..

If you could sum up The Darkest Hour in three words, what would they be?

Great story, atmospheric..


What did you like best about this story?

Don't really like supernatural..but Barbara Erskine makes you believe..


What does Sandra Duncan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Excellent narration, accents..


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Enjoyed all..


Any additional comments?

Having read Lady of Hay..was reluctant to try any more from Barbara Erskine as that was wonderful and did not think any thing could be so good. However, this held my attention from beginning to end and even though the end may have been a bit predictable - could not wait to hear the outcome. I would definitely buy Lady of Hay in audible form..but for some strange reason only available in abridged version. Having read the hardcopy, would not want to miss a sentence..come on audible don't short change us. Bring Lady of Hay out in its full unabridged glorious version....

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- Madgey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited