©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)
Although most here have given praise to this recording of "Mayday" I'm very surprised to find quite a few people seem to dislike the narration of Michael Prichard. Mr. Prichard, in my opinion, is one of the very best voices in audio books and a long-time favorite of mine. I also enjoy the work of Scott Brick who does many of Nelson DeMille's novels but consider Mr. Prichard the Dean of Audiobook narration. In regards to "Mayday" I have read this novel several times and believe it is an exciting and fun read from beginning to end. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have and will again!
The story line was very good but the narrator Michael Prichard is the most boring narrator there is. He sounds like the guy that says Dry Eyes on the commercials.
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.
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