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The Ghost of Captain Hinchliffe

By: David Dennington
Narrated by: Lauren Dennington
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Summary

Millie Hinchliffe lives a near-perfect existence, tucked away with her loving fighter-pilot husband in their picture-postcard cottage in the glorious English countryside. As a mother, artist, classical pianist, and avid gardener, Millie has it all.  

But when "Hinch" goes missing with a beautiful heiress over the Atlantic in a bid to set a flying record, her world is shaken to the core. Heartbroken and facing ruin, she questions the validity of messages she receives from the "other side" - messages that her husband is desperate to help her. In this suspenseful tale of unconditional love, desperate loss, and wild adventure, Hinch charges Millie with an extraordinary mission: Put a stop to the British Airship Program and prevent another national tragedy. 

Praise for The Ghost of Captain Hinchliffe 

"Another riveting tale from David Dennington, author of The Airshipmen. This time, he cleverly weaves together a couple’s amazing love and the temptation it faces with the drama of a transatlantic flying record attempt and a spine-tingling psychic connection from beyond the grave that becomes the only hope of preventing a horrific aviation disaster. It’s an intriguing recipe that makes it hard to put down The Ghost of Captain Hinchliffe." (David Wright, Daily Mirror journalist)

©2017 David Dennington (P)2022 Lauren Dennington

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I forgot how good a non factual novel could be

Really beautifully read and it reminded me of when I read In Cold Blood for the first time, I forgot how good a non factual novel could be and spent a good few hours lost googling the characters after listening. Thoroughly enjoyed this.

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The narration of Lauren Dennington, was perfect. Loved listening to this story, she brought out the characters and wonderful plot.

We have a wonderful I blend of history and fiction. Millie has it all, with Hinch her loving fighter-pilot husband living in a cottage in the English countryside.
Hinch’ goes missing with an heiress over the Atlantic in a bid to set a flying record. Heartbroken and facing ruin, she questions the validity of messages she receives from the ‘other side
This is a suspenseful tale of unconditional love

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Brilliant!

I really enjoyed this book. It is very well written in a factual/documentary style which I thought really suits the subject and my own preference. This is the kind of book that would be ideally suited to a TV drama in my opinion. Lauren does a superb job of the narration bringing each character to life and giving the listener a good idea of each characters personality. This is easily my best listen of the month and I've listened to over 35 books in March. Well worth 10 stars IMPO. I shall certainly be looking out for more from both the author and narrator.
I was kindly given a copy of this book by the narrator and leave this honest and voluntary review.

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  • John
  • 24-10-22

Excellently narrated historical fiction

I read David Dennington's novels The Airshipmen and The Ghost of Captain Hinchliffe in paperback format, and I have now listened to The Ghost as an audio book. My mind tends to wander when listening rather than reading, but that was certainly not the case here. Narrator Lauren Dennington's acting experience is evident, as she skillfully brings each character to life, sets the scene and draws the listener into Millie's and Hinch's tragic story.

This novel is especially absorbing as it based on historic characters and events -- Raymond Hinchliffe and Elsie Mackay were lost at sea while attempting the first westbound crossing of the Atlantic by airplane and the first crossing in either direction by a woman; Millie Hinchliffe, Eileen Garrett and Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle did convincingly claim to have communicated with the dead pilot; and the R101 airship did crash on its maiden flight to India as they had very-publicly warned.

This is a splendid story of the perils of aviation in its early days, the daring adventurers who risked -- and often lost -- their lives, and one devastated widow's subsequent introduction to the spiritualism craze of the early 20th century. If you enjoy this novel, I highly recommend David Dennington's earlier work, The Airshipmen, that tells the story of the British airship program and the people involved, and features some of the same characters.

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  • AES
  • 29-09-22

Captivating story, excellent narration

Lauren Dennington does an excellent job narrating the enthralling story of The Ghost of Captain Hinchliffe. Not only is her narration a pleasure to listen to but even better is her skill at giving each character a distinctive voice that never veers into caricature or too much similarity. Dennington maintains a steady pace while keeping us on the edge of our seats in this captivating love/ghost story based on historical events that were fascinating to learn about. I look forward to hearing more from Ms. Dennington!

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  • AudioBookReviewer
  • 18-06-22

Captivating Romance, Paranormal and Adventure

Striving to break the world record for flying over the Atlantic, both Captain Hinchliffe and a beautiful heiress with a point to prove they set off on their adventure together. Tragedy strikes and now Captain Hinchliffe’s love for adventure and for his wife continues into the afterlife. Even in death, Captain Hinchliffe’s Pinchot for adventure drives him to save his wife and prevent disaster from striking the British Airship Program.

The author, David Dennington weaves a poignant love story peppered with adventure and the paranormal. Dennington is slow and deliberate in building the characters and storyline. As the listener, you may try to anticipate where the author goes but he has solid plot twists that demonstrate his abilities as a strong storyteller. His rich vocabulary vividly describes the scene and characters.

Lauren Dennington makes her debut as narrator in this romantic, paranormal, and adventure-filled story. Her unique voices are well done and reflect the nature of each character. Her poise and talent resonate with the listener keeping them engaged. I look forward to hearing more performances by Ms. Dennington.

This is a story that will pull at your heartstrings and capture your imagination. I highly recommend it.

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