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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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    OutfieldDan Houston, TX USA 01-08-04
    OutfieldDan Houston, TX USA 01-08-04 Member Since 2013

    OutfieldDan

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    "Compelling!"

    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.

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    Karen 10-06-03
    Karen 10-06-03 Listener Since 2002
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    "Get the unabridged version"

    This is another DeMille that's worth having the unabridged version. But I dont recommend it if you are going to be flying soon!

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    Anne Spokane, WA, United States 10-03-03
    Anne Spokane, WA, United States 10-03-03
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    "Groan."

    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.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    E. Miller Philadelphia, PA 09-26-03
    E. Miller Philadelphia, PA 09-26-03 Member Since 2008
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    "Yes, this is fiction"

    If this is a movie, I imagine Bruce Willis or Stallone as the main character. I bit 'over the top' antics required to save the day.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. Matschull Ut, USA 07-31-03
    B. Matschull Ut, USA 07-31-03 Listener Since 2002

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    "Excellent!!!"

    A chilling tale of an airline disaster. It really makes you wonder if something liek this could happen. A great tale.

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    Susan Birmingham, AL, USA 01-09-04
    Susan Birmingham, AL, USA 01-09-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Definitely one of my favorites"

    How could it not be good? Nelson Demille has always told a great story and with Scott Brick reading, it is definitely a great listen. I highly recommend this book as well as other Demille books. Only disappointed that I've listened to all that they have. He is now a favorite author of mine.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stev reno, NV, USA 01-07-05
    Stev reno, NV, USA 01-07-05
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    "Horrible"

    Shallow characters, thin plot, poorly vocalized. Might work if I was stranded somewhere but I'm not.

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    Frank Salem, OR, United States 08-16-10
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    "Worst book ever"

    I disliked this book. I like most of Mr DeMille's books. This was a terrible story. I guess you can't be good all the time.

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    Ann Peterborough, ON, Canada 08-17-05
    Ann Peterborough, ON, Canada 08-17-05 Member Since 2011
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    "Way too over the top."

    This is the first audiobook I have listened to that I disliked. It was way too over the top, too implausible in every way. It went on and on in the same vein for hours and I can't believe that I finished it. Don't waste your time with this one.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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