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Mayday | [Nelson DeMille, Thomas Block]

Mayday

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. Also available abridged.
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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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    Ross Taylor 09-30-04
    Ross Taylor 09-30-04 Listener Since 2001
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    "Silly fun..."

    Calling this book "the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller of all time", as the Publisher's notes do, is misleading. The story is anything but realisitic! It would be more accurate to describe the book as a cross between Conspiracy Theory (for evil conspiracies), Gilligan's Island (for ridiculous plot threads) and Night of the Living Dead (for, what else, the "living dead" - a term even used in the book!). Given all that, I found it to be an enjoyable book that I wanted to keep listening to, if only to see what sillyness happens next. If you want a serious thriller, take a pass on this book. If you don't mind silly fun, however, then Mayday is an immersive yarn.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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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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    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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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Jaye 03-25-09
    Jaye 03-25-09
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    "First audiobook I just could not finish..."

    While the far-fetched storyline might have been mildly interesting and the interplay of the "ulterior motives" at work intriguing, the horrible narration caused me to turn this off about 3/4 of the way through--I just could not bear another minute!! When I first began, I actually had to check that I had the right download. I thought I was listening to some dull documentary. The flat, emotionless voice of the narrator detracted from the vivid depiction of the horror and tension being described. I finally gave up--I'll never know if they landed successfully or not!!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Vikki WICHITA, KS, United States 10-15-07
    Vikki WICHITA, KS, United States 10-15-07
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    "The absolute BEST book I've ever listened to!"

    You certainly will not go wrong with this book. I have never been so riveted by a book in the 50+ years I have been reading. This book has plenty of suspense and great story line, if not downright scary. (Scary because it has a real possibility of happening.) I found myself getting up in the middle of my sleep to come and listen to another chapter. Never has that happened to me. The story teller is brilliant as well. This is a book that I will listen to again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    08-11-07
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    "wooden"

    While it may be a credible story, the voice actor for this tape was so wooden,so flat, so doubly boring that it reminded me of Stirling Hayden after a triple bypass, almost stuck in 1955 Strategic Air Command /Lowell Thomas - speak. At least he could have done a voice with some lift and verve, perhaps even a change of tone, lilt or cadence.Truly bad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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