Jack Sawyer is an ex-airline pilot turned into a reluctant private investigator. Recommended by his estranged wife Susan, he finds himself looking into the death of an airline copilot. Officially, the man's death was an accident but there are suspicions that could hint at something else. With his estranged wife and a growing caste of other friends and acquaintances in tow, Jack sets out to track down the real reasons behind the mystery and possible murder - a humorous, insightful and exciting adventure!
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The audio edition was excellent. Have not read the book.
The wit and resourcefulness of Jack Sawyer, the main character.
This is the first.
Old pilots never die, they become detectives.
Mr. Block does an exceptional job bringing the many characters to life. The listener starts to welcome the precise insights and perceptions of the main character that deal with both his personal life the case he is trying to solve. Block makes the main character real...
Author of three books with infused companion songs. Multimedia is the new way to tell a story.
Thomas Block orates his new audiobook Open Skies with the gravitas of a senior airline captain. His protagonist Jack Sawyer is a former commercial aviator turned private investigator after his airline fails, and he sours to idea of starting the airline seniority system again from the bottom. When an insolent co-pilot turns up dead—squished between the industrial, hydraulic, lifting joists of a catering truck—the airline’s CEO calls upon Jack to explore the probability of foul play. The first clues arrive in the form of barely-missing bullets fired from an unknown, handgun-wielding adversary. Retired Captain Block salts his novel with airport, airline, and aircraft details using his skill as an experienced industry insider.
Yes, I have already listened to it twice:)
I never knew what was going to happen. You knew the end but where never sure how you were going to get there! Fun !!!
No, not yet.
Most of my "reading" is done by listening to Audiobooks and this is easily one of my favorites. I love that it was narrated by the author! He has a great voice and the story comes alive in his narration. I was very impressed with the sound quality. It was easy to hear and understand even when I was listening in my not so quiet diesel truck.
The story never stopped and I loved the twists and turns. There was never a dull moment. It was also funny! It made me smile and the author did a great job with all of the voices… my favorite being Izzy. And who doesn't love a love story:)
I have read "Captain" but that will be the next audiobook I buy! I can't wait to hear it read by the author!
Keep up the awesome work Tom!
I must say that as a pilot I liked the opening sequence best. Movies, books, and TV stories dealing with aviation seem to strive to be erroneous. However, as with all of Mr Blocks other works, the aviation end of the story is spot on placing the reader directly in the thick of the excitement of the cockpit, while at the same time writing at a level professional pilots can relate to and novices can understand. The action sequences are fast moving, harrowing, and suspenseful.
Actually, that's exactly what I did.
I enjoyed having the author narrate the book himself. I had originally planned on listening while I was reorganizing my den but found the story so captivating, I had to just sit and enjoy. Great character interaction and Mr. Block's knowledge of the airline industry contributes greatly to the believability of the story.
Jack Sawyer. The pilot turned detective was an interesting twist. I particularly enjoyed the interaction with his ex-wife and a new love interest. I'm sure there is much of Mr. Block in this character, being an ex-pilot, himself.
I loved Elmer. Mr. Block must have had a lot of fun with with this character.
I used to travel quite a bit in my job before retiring so freqently listened to audible books while on the road. This is one that would have made me want to pull off at a rest stop and hear the ending before reaching my destination.
I'm amazed that someone actually gave this a one star rating. He complained about the audio quality which I found to be fine. I listened through the small speaker on my Kindle with no problems and particularly enjoyed Mr. Block's narration. I suppose you can't please everyone but personally, I'm waiting for more from Thomas Block.
Mr. Block's story telling excellence, is able to create, circumstance after circumstance that challenges the listeners minds to try and imagine what might be coming next. As each chapter unfolds, it acts as an appetizer, whetting the appetite to move forward to race to the next chapter.
I listened in the car on the way home from work. One night I arrived home, and I was fully engrossed in the excitement of the story. Then there came a knock on the driver's side window. It was my wife who came to check on my health, as I been sitting there for approximately 15 minutes and just couldn't tear myself away until the chapter break.
Like premier story tellers, Mr. Block is able to weave a story that at the end of a chapter, leaves you in anxious anticipation. Obviously his experience as an Airline Captain, adds credibility to the plot as it unfolds.
Towards the latter part of the book, you find yourself wanting to move quickly to find out what is going to happen. On the other hand, as you sense the end is nearing, there is the recognition that you really don't want to say goodbye to all the characters you now have come to know and appreciate.
I think Elmer was my favorite. The vocal signature of Elmer is very distinctive and seems to fit ideally with my idea of how he might look, how he might dress and certainly the bluster and vocabulary he would use. I also liked Izzie, Max and the way Mr. Block read Susan and Tracy's dialog as well, but Elmer is my favorite.
I liked the closing crescendo in the cockpit of the 737.
I prefer books that are narrated by the authors. Mr. Block's Open Skies is a winner!
It ranks very high. I always want to learn something new no matter whether the book is a novel. I learned something about opera and even enjoyed the opera music that played in the background or between segments.
I couldn't figure out who the bad guy was. I enjoyed having the characters develop. There was a great mix of technical information regarding airplanes, descriptions of people, opera and good ole action. It was easy to visualize so much of the story.
I have listened to a number of other performances by Thomas Block. I think this is his best performance to date!
I didn't want to stop listening! :) I wanted to find out what was going to happen next!
I love the Stephanie Plum books when I'm in the mood for a slightly less serious book. Open Skies by Tom Block reminds me of the Plum books. Great detective plot, a bit of "romance" thrown in, twists and turns you don't see coming, and always a great ending. It ranks way up there for my "fun" listens.
The main character Jack Sawyer is wonderful but I also love his ex-wife Susan and the interactions between the two. Block is a real story teller and he weaves together this relationship in such a great way...you want to know what is next for the two of them.
In all his books Block is able to use his voice to distinguish among multiple characters. That is a real skill. Bringing the characters "to life" through voice is why I'm hooked on audiobooks to begin with...its like going to the theater.
There is a moment in the book where the main character is talking about his relationship with his ex-wife who he is still very close to. At one point in the book she gives him a new car but he laments giving up the old car "because they shared it together and it was his final connection with her" even though the old car was falling apart. I recently traded my newish car and took my daughter's old car that is a bit of a wreck but I love having it because its my connection with my daughter who is now 23. Block's wonderful depiction of those feelings hit home; that feeling of connection is hard to express and Block hits the nail on the head.
Looking forward to listening to the next Block book The President's Pilot. You won't be disappointed with Open Skies ...it's entertaining, fun and full of twists.
What a fun time this book was! Loads of great characters, lots of humor, plus a really good 'detective-type' plot. The author's own narration brought the entire book really alive and made it well balanced, and the tone and pacing of the author/narrator's delivery added lots to the overall effect. The characters were well drawn and always loads of fun - I particularly loved Elmer and Izzy.
This audio book was a very entertaining way to spend a very enjoyable 8 hours, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a good, solid story filled with interesting characters and NOT filled with gratuitous sex and endless violence. You'll find yourself laughing out loud lots of times and getting caught up in the details of the story, too. By the end, you've become a willing partner of Jack and his gang of good guys and girls! I hope the author brings them back for an encore.
Better charachters, more suspense, more interesting protaganist. Less predictable.
Something from the bestseller list that's professionally done.
Quite simply, it was the worst author-read story I've ever heard, and that's saying something. Mr. Block sounds like he read into a tape recoder in his basement.
Anger, at a waste of money and time and disappointment that a potentially interesting topic was so badly mishandled. Kept hoping it would get better. It never did.
Note to authors......present an future......If you'e going to put yor heart and soul into a book, don't record it yourself, unless you are a highly trained actor or broadcaster or a voice that is instantly recognizable.
This author, regrettably, ruined a somwhat interesting premise with an awful narration, bland charachters and a lousy ending.
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