©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 police officer, narcotics agent and bureau commander.
I had a hard time at first acepting the events that unfolded, but once I just stopped thinking and just listened to the book I began to enjoy it. It was not as good as Lion's Game or Up Country but it was a good way to spend time in my car.
I'll echo many of the sentiments here in that the story is gripping and an enjoyable read. You can tell it's early Demille, rough around the edges, but you see how he's going to evolve into Lions Game, Gold Coast, Night Fall, etc.
That said, the narration and sound engineering in this book is just awful. Because the story is so great, you can (with patience) tolerate the reader's stiff delivery. Just when you get into a rhythm though, the sound level drops or other distracting changes in the audio come along.
Great book, just be warned about the audio quality. The story is worth it though. (Thankfully!)
This is an absolutely fantastic book. I loved every second of the recording. I have now listed to many of the DeMille books and this is one of my favorites. I couldn't not put down the iPod at 2 am in the morning as the story was so gripping that I just wanted to have more and more. The description of every event is very graphic and the decompression scenes are horrifying. Every chapter is absolutely captivating and you'd want to listen to the whole book all at once. Strongly recommend. Especially if you are an aviation enthusiast as I am.
I am a avid flyer fan and must admit the detail of the book was very good. However the narrator, put me to sleep sometimes. Also some of the scene's were predeictible, and I agree what's with a dog chomping on a bone in an airplane that has been blown out basically. Would i listen this again. Prob, but wouldn't go out of my way to look for it.
Plays like a "Lifetime" TV movie; overly meladramatic, longwinded and cheezy. OK I guess to listen to while doing something more productive like using cardio machine. I would try "Airport" as it's a much more well written written novel.
It's very difficult to stop listening to this book. You may find yourself driving the long way home just to hear more of it. The action is non-stop and the story is completely realistic. Get this book! you won't regret it. It's one of the best listens I've had.
This is another DeMille that's worth having the unabridged version. But I dont recommend it if you are going to be flying soon!
I tried hard to get past the stiff narration to give the story a chance. I tried really, really hard. Five unfortunates survive a high altitude disaster to suffer a plane full of brain-fried zombies with "arms outstretched" and libidinous desires. Oh, please. It gets worse. There's a man eating Golden Retriever, unrelenting references to vomit and other body excretions, gigantic holes in both sides of the fuselage but damage only to the voice radios, and plot developments that require impossible reader imagination. The book is formulaic, unsophisticated and completely indigestible.
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