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Rhodos

Rhodos

San Anselmo, CA | Member Since 2013

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  • Open Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Thomas Block
    • Narrated By Thomas Block
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Jack Sawyer is an ex-airline pilot turned into a reluctant private investigator. Recommended by his estranged wife Susan, he finds himself looking into the death of an airline copilot. Officially, the man's death was an accident but there are suspicions that could hint at something else. With his estranged wife and a growing caste of other friends and acquaintances in tow, Jack sets out to track down the real reasons behind the mystery and possible murder!

    Gil says: "Great "Who Dun It !!!""
    "You will find yourself making time to listen.."
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    What made the experience of listening to Open Skies the most enjoyable?

    Mr. Block's story telling excellence, is able to create, circumstance after circumstance that challenges the listeners minds to try and imagine what might be coming next. As each chapter unfolds, it acts as an appetizer, whetting the appetite to move forward to race to the next chapter.

    I listened in the car on the way home from work. One night I arrived home, and I was fully engrossed in the excitement of the story. Then there came a knock on the driver's side window. It was my wife who came to check on my health, as I been sitting there for approximately 15 minutes and just couldn't tear myself away until the chapter break.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Like premier story tellers, Mr. Block is able to weave a story that at the end of a chapter, leaves you in anxious anticipation. Obviously his experience as an Airline Captain, adds credibility to the plot as it unfolds.

    Towards the latter part of the book, you find yourself wanting to move quickly to find out what is going to happen. On the other hand, as you sense the end is nearing, there is the recognition that you really don't want to say goodbye to all the characters you now have come to know and appreciate.



    Which character – as performed by Thomas Block – was your favorite?

    I think Elmer was my favorite. The vocal signature of Elmer is very distinctive and seems to fit ideally with my idea of how he might look, how he might dress and certainly the bluster and vocabulary he would use. I also liked Izzie, Max and the way Mr. Block read Susan and Tracy's dialog as well, but Elmer is my favorite.


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

    I liked the closing crescendo in the cockpit of the 737.


    Any additional comments?

    I prefer books that are narrated by the authors. Mr. Block's Open Skies is a winner!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The President's Pilot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Gandt
    • Narrated By Thomas Block
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    A year and a half into her first term as President of the United States, Libby Paulsen is in a world of trouble. Her controversial agenda has placed her in a doomsday clash with a right wing cabal led by an enigmatic Air Force general. The conspirators will stop at nothing - including assassination - to remove Libby Paulsen from office. When the cabal targets Air Force One, Libby's Presidency - and her life - rest in the hands of a maverick pilot named Pete Brand, a man with whom the President shares a long-smoldering secret.

    Rhodos says: "Hope President's Pilot becomes a movie!"
    "Hope President's Pilot becomes a movie!"
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    If you could sum up The President's Pilot in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, Exciting, Contemporary


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The President's Pilot?

    General Vance McDivott's foiled order to have Air Force One and President Paulsen vaporized.


    What does Thomas Block bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Thomas Block seamlessly moves from one character to the next with precise differentiation, and adds significant enjoyment to the listening experience.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This movie's compelling suspense will keep you fully engaged all the way to the credits!


    Any additional comments?

    Hope there is another Gandt/Block Audiobook available soon!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Captain

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Thomas Block
    • Narrated By Thomas Block
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Thomas Block has created Captain - his most ambitious, intricate, and action-packed aviation tale yet. It is a chilling and all too real story about a routine Trans-Atlantic airline flight that suddenly turns absolutely insane. In the doomed airliner's cockpit, inside the passenger cabin, and on the ground, a complex array of characters have been propelled at jet speed into a sudden and frantic race for survival.

    Peggy says: "A Fabulous Experience from Beginning to End!"
    "An Audible A+ Listening Experience Thrilling!"
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    What did you love best about Captain?

    I got so involved in the story, I was startled by the knocking on my passenger side window as I sat in my car, in the garage, the engine off, in the dark, listening to Captain. I was mesmerized by the need to find out what was going to happen in the gripping drama unfolding to the characters I had come to know in the course of the story. The knocking on the window, was my wife. She said I had been in the garage for over 10 minutes and she thought there might be something wrong.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think Mr. Block's reading of his own words, significantly enhanced the character development. He has a very pleasing vocal quality and I enjoyed how fluidly he moved from one character to the next.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the words of Lee Frankel (the shrink) were able to calm a passenger uprising, stimulated by Peter Fenton, the 1st Officer.


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

    I was moved by the prologue and the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Captain, could only be written by someone with years of experience as an airline Captain. The masterful blending of Mr. Blocks story telling ability and his wealth of flying experience combine to produce and Audible A+ audio book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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