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Mayday Audiobook

Mayday

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Publisher's Summary

Twelve miles above the Pacific Ocean, a missile strikes a jumbo passenger jet and leaves the flight crew either crippled or dead. This is the story of how three survivors must achieve the impossible and land the plane. Master storyteller Nelson DeMille and veteran pilot Thomas Block collaborated on Mayday, the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller of all time.

©1979, 1998 by Thomas H. Block and Nelson DeMille, All Rights Reserved; (P) and ©1998 Time Warner AudioBooks, A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

What the Critics Say

"Strong and electric!" (Washington Post)
"Truly horrific...delicious terror. Mayday is a novel for the true connoisseur of disaster novels." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Dennis 02-20-14
    Dennis 02-20-14 Listener Since 2004

    Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!

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    "OUTSTANDING!!!!"
    If you could sum up Mayday in three words, what would they be?

    SUSPENSFUL --- Damning--- OUTSTANDING


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The substitute pilot, the main cabin attendant, & the 13 year old girl on the plane. Why, because they carried the main part of the story with some sense of humanity!!!!


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have found that listening to Scott Brick has caused me (GREAT) listening to most all of the books that he has been a part of .... and will continually to do so with pleasure!!


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

    How rotten & self centered some people can be to others. Such as the ones in the management of the airlines & the US Navy Commander! The insurance person are like most insurance companies --- "receiving premiums are great but paying claims are to be avoided @ almost any cost!"

    I served in the US NAVY --- & thank GOD THAT I NEVER RAN INTO A FELLOW Commander such as the one in this story!


    Any additional comments?

    Kept me awake nights --- could NOT put it down!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 11-25-13
    John S MA 11-25-13 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Updated for modern date and quite good."

    Although the original was published some years ago, the story has been updated to modern age. Without this revision it would have been dated, with it its a very good thriller. You have the typical story of a unexperienced pilot flying a modern jetliner, but also several twists have been added to increase the "thrill". Telling would give it away, so I won't. I was slightly hesitant when I added this book, but in the end I could not stop listening. As usual, Scott Brick does an excellent job at narration. If you like flight books, you will love this. If not, it's just a good plain (sorry for pun) thriller.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    RAU47 Houston, TX USA 08-30-08
    RAU47 Houston, TX USA 08-30-08 Member Since 2013

    47 is the real answer

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    "Suspenseful and wonderful"

    I must confess that I didn't care for this narrator's style. However the story and knowing the kinds of books Nelson writes was enough for me to still enjoy listening to this book. It was hard to put down and get some sleep. I also found myself taking an extra lunch break so I could finish a chapter. The details and the dynamics of real air planes was well-researched and added to the realism. I guess there was a movie made from this book, which I know isn't as good knowing how movies are, so I might watch it one day if I'm bored. This book is a definite keeper however and is worth reading more than once.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 05-19-04
    Tom 05-19-04 Member Since 2013
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    It is always interesting to see the reviews and what turns ones crank and turns off another. In the past, I have found myself looking at the negative reviews too much. This book was impossible to put down. It totally sucked in my attention. Riveting. Doesn't leave the ghosts of Up Country, but the action is always at hand and never overly drawn out. Worth every penny. We need more Demille books.

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    Dammschippee LR, AR USA 12-30-04
    Dammschippee LR, AR USA 12-30-04 Listener Since 2004

    Schippee

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    "Makes a disaster fun."

    Although the story has quite a bit of gratuitous grossnesses (?) with unbelievable events and plot twists, that's what makes it fun. I couldn't stop listening as I had to know what kind of trouble these folks would get into next. The narrator is kind of stiff, but I think we're all getting spoiled by Scott Brick. If you can put Mr Brick out of your mind, Mr Prichard isn't too bad.

    If you aren't obsessed with accurate details and logical plot, but just what a good nail biter, then this is the book for you. Otherwise, read Up Country.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sandyjean Wilton, CA, United States 05-02-14
    Sandyjean Wilton, CA, United States 05-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't turn it off"

    I rarely give a book a 5 star rating and then it's usually something that has some kind of a profound message or story (Kite Runner-Memoirs of a Geshia) but although this wasn't that kind of book, it was a fantastic read. I finally turned it off at 3 am (had to work the next day) and started it again as I made breakfast.

    If you are looking for a far better than normal read, performed perfectly by Scott Brick, this is it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dennis fresno, CA, United States 03-16-14
    dennis fresno, CA, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2011

    Reading and listening goes straight into your medulla oblongota and you learn through thought memory. It's like being programmed into intelligence. If you read this, you just learned that the best gifts are free. Or One Credit... and that's kinda free.

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    "A great walk in the sky."

    Phenomenal. Everything happens in this book except no one missed this flight. I'll never ride on a plane with a "52" in the number again!. Updated version to a classic book, its was an outstanding read and kept me up late at night.

    Could one more thing go possibly wrong? Can Barry catch a break? Epic. You'll hear the woosh of the air passing by the gaping holes in the plane. First time I've ever been warned not to read a book on a plane; good advice. You wont go wrong with this book - narration excellent and a story of playing God is riveting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DebaDeb Houston, TX 08-15-13
    DebaDeb Houston, TX 08-15-13 Member Since 2010

    Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.

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    "Never been scared to fly....TILL NOW"

    I could not put this book down!

    I have to admit, the first 30 minutes are a bit slow, but necessary in setting up the characters. But then...the book takes off. I wish I hadn't started Mayday late in the day, as I did not want to stop listening. At 3AM, I finally forced myself to stop listening, and at least get a few hours sleep!

    Scott Brick, as usual does an excellent job narrating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 07-29-13
    Dan 07-29-13

    Environmental Engineer and Disc Golfer

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    "Love/Hate"

    This was a tough listen. The story is great - compelling and suspenseful, but the physical danger was nothing compared to the characters conspiring against bringing the plane home. It was difficult to listen to Commander Sloan or Eddie Johnson and Wayne Metz. I found it very upsetting to hear all the cover-your-ass conversations.

    One thing I enjoyed was the pace. I found myself screaming at Barry to use the gosh-darn radio for about 1.5 hours of dialog, but after that it really picked up the pace and kept me riveted.

    I am a disaster-novel junkie, and this is right up at the top of any list I could make. I've been trying to track down the CBS movie since I finished, with no luck so far. And as always, Scott Brick is an unparalleled narrator.

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    Thomas New Smyrna Beach, FL, United States 05-07-13
    Thomas New Smyrna Beach, FL, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A great performance"

    Exciting and quite well-done. Very good pace and timing, with a very strong performance by the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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