Phoenix Rising is a story in the grand tradition of Airport and Hotel, a blend of strong characters, chilling suspense, and realistic detail.
©1994 John J. Nance; (P)1995 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Fasten your seat belt and prepare for a bumpy ride....Nonstop action circles the globe, and Brian Emerson achieves seamless transitions between American, Scottish, Canadian, and Chinese accents. The action is so intense and the voices are so natural the listener is propelled through the story." (AudioFile)
"Phoenix Rising reads like a cross between a black box transcript and Business Week. The dual dangers to a new airline involve financial skullduggery and terrorism....An absorbing book." (Booklist)
I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced, full of intrigue and a captivating listen. At first I wasn't sure about the narrator but I came to enjoy his range of convincing voices. This is one I would listen to again.
Wow, nither my wife nor I could put this one down ! I was up, listening in the hotel bed until 4:30 AM, couldn't stop listening. Great story line, intrigue, romance, believability. All the requirements for a superb listen. I want more from him !
When I used to get John J Nance's airline thrillers on tape, they were all read by the author. Often this is a BAD idea, but Capt. Nance has a wonderful voice and does a great job. Unfortunately, Brian Emerson, the narrator of this version, is sadly laughable as he tries to handle voices with Scottish, Dutch, Southern American, English, Australian, German and other accents. The book is very pedantic and technical, which is fine when Nance explains the workings of a jet airliner, but in this story of the inner secrets of high finance and corrupt international banking, well, he lost me. The characters are good, true Nance people, very familiar, but when they ain't flying, they are yammering on about interest rate deadlines and floating hundreds of millions of dollars, it's easy to tune out.
I thought at first that I would hate this audiobook, because of the reader's voice. In fact, Mr. Emerson's voice irritated me so much that I stopped listening after one chapter, and went on to another audiobook. But, finally, I decided to try "Phoenix Rising" one more time, since I had paid for it. I had to kind of grit my teeth for a while, because Mr. Emerson really does have an irritating, nasal, tenor voice. But, eventually, I started getting into the story; and, by George, Mr. Nance has constructed a pretty exciting plot here. He wrote "Phoenix Rising" back in 1994; so the story sometimes plays a bit dated -- especially the parts referring to "cellular phones" in the early days of that technology. Probably someone familiar with money and finance could spot other anachronisms in that realm, since the story deals with an attempt to discredit a new airline company using financial subterfuge. None-the-less, "Phoenix Rising" holds up pretty well to a listen all these years later, thanks to the excitement and thrills in the plot. I recommend this book to anyone who likes airplanes, doesn't mind listening to old books, and can put up with an unfortunately-voiced narrator. (After a while, I did notice that, despite his voice, Mr. Emerson does have good acting chops.)
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