©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
"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)
Retired Marine combat officer now enjoying life in Southwestern Wisconsin. With my wife, Crystal, we own and operate a portrait studio, True Lives Studio, in Bloomington, WI
I have enjoyed several audio books by Nelson DeMille read by others but this has to be the worst audio book I have ever encountered. The narration is dull and flat and well suited to a high school shop text book....
Couldn't listen to it all....pass on this one..can I give it less than one star?
What a great premise, great characters, and very good narration. Unfortunately, I found the attempt to update the technology (which is critical to the plot) from the seventies to the nineties difficult to believe, especially in the context of the formality of the dialogue, which just no longer happens. In addition, there are several other anachronisms that were not fixed. I felt that the changes made to update the story were too obviously inserted and detracted from the real drama to the point of actually being irritating.
In summary, I wish I had bought the original book so I could have experienced the characters and the drama without the distraction of awkwardly inserted updates.
As a huge listener to books, I am hard pressed to find many I really like anymore. This was one of them! From the beginning, I was hooked! I would not hesitate to suggest this to anyone.
Action and suspense from beginning to end... A thoroughly entertaining book. Even the terrible narrator couldn't ruin it.
I very much enjoyed this book. I found myself sitting in my car long after I reached my destination to see what happened next. There were a couple of technical flaws in the story that caught my attention, but overall, it had me riveted.
Tensions mount as problem after problem pile up on one man who has a chance to save his own life and that of the few survivors of a mid-air incident.
This was an engaging book, but the bad guys are a bit of a push. It positions both the military and big business as the bad guy and while this is possible, I had to shake my head at the justifications and decisions being made by characters in the book.
Being a private pilot myself, I have to think that I'm not alone in thoughts of saving the plane when some mid-air mishap occurs. This has to be appealing to other pilots as well. There is a lot of familiar cockpit decisions being made here and it's easy to put yourself in that plane through the narration.
All in all, I found it entertaining and a good listen.
If you can get past the monotonous tone of the lousy narrarator(they could have done a lot better the story sounds like a 1970's news broadcast) , this is one of the best thrillers ever written.I normally listen to audiobooks during my commute yet I found myself ditching my Tv at nite to finish this heart stopper. Great characters to the point that I was personally rooting for the good guys and waiting for justice to be dealt to the bad.Read at your own risk.
Always look forward to listening to a Nelson DeMille book. This one, "Mayday" would have been a better listen if only Scott Brick had been the one reading the book.
Mayday grabs you by the throat and makes it impossible to stop listening as it rockets you from 62,000 feet to sea level in a throbing, nerve wrenching trip of life and death. Just when you think that the tension and chaos can't continue, their intensity grows. When a huge, supersonic transport is mistakenly targeted by an errant missle being tested the the United States Navy in violation of the latest arms treaty all hell breaks out. In a desperate race of survival an amateur pilot must sieze control of the giant transport after the flight crew is either killed or incapacitated. In a battle against huge odds a man, a woman and a child's life hang in the balance when the military decides to cover their mistake by shooting the airliner down at the same time that the airline management and its insuror are also plotting to have it crash to avoid liablility for the three hundred passengers who have been irrevocably damaged by oxygen deprivation caused by the accident. Burn the midnight oil and take a trip you will long remember. The story will have you crying Mayday too as it thrusts you into the thick of the action. It will have you squirming in your seat and grabing for the operating controls of the aircraft right along with the characters as they careen from one emergency to another against impossible odds.
These two thought of an aircraft story long before the craft existed. This was an edge of your seat story right up until the end. I like the way it ended with no clear statement. It is up to your imagination how it plays out but the story itself has ended as it should. I also enjoyed the interview of the writers at the book's conclusion. Tidied up a lot.
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