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The Flight | [M. R. Hall]

The Flight

Coroner Jenny Cooper investigates… A tragic accident or a terrible crime? When Flight 189 plunges into the Severn Estuary, Coroner Jenny Cooper finds herself handling the case of a lone sailor whose boat appears to have been sunk by the stricken plane, and drawn into the mysterious fate of a ten year-old girl, Amy Patterson, a passenger on 189, whose largely unmarked body is washed up alongside his.
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Coroner Jenny Cooper investigates… A tragic accident or a terrible crime? When Flight 189 plunges into the Severn Estuary, Coroner Jenny Cooper finds herself handling the case of a lone sailor whose boat appears to have been sunk by the stricken plane, and drawn into the mysterious fate of a ten year-old girl, Amy Patterson, a passenger on 189, whose largely unmarked body is washed up alongside his.

While a massive and highly secretive operation is launched to recover clues from the wreckage, Jenny begins to ask questions the official investigation doesn’t want answered. How could such a high tech plane – virtually impregnable against human error – fail? What linked the high powered passengers who found themselves on this ill-fated flight? And how did Amy Patterson survive the crash, only to perish hours later? Under pressure from Amy’s grieving mother, and opposed by those at the very highest levels of government, Jenny must race against time to seek the truth behind this terrible disaster, before it can happen again…

©2012 M. R. Hall (P)2013 Pan Macmillan

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    Sally J britain 03-04-13
    Sally J britain 03-04-13

    An avid listener of fiction, it almost makes the long journey to work worth it.

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    "forgettable storyline but very well read"
    Would you try another book from M. R. Hall and/or Sian Thomas?

    I'd probably try another


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Add more gritty content


    What about Sian Thomas’s performance did you like?

    Excellent English accents!


    Do you think The Flight needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, the story didnt really have any where to go to


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    karen United States 08-11-13
    karen United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Absolutely fascinating -- and terrifying"

    This is not a book to read on an airplane -- in terms of 'airline disaster' books, this is right up there with John Nance's "Turbulence" or Nelson DeMille's "Mayday". Excellent, just excellent -- not told from a passenger's point of view, but rather from the standpoint of the coroner, in this case, the intrepid Jenny Cooper, a clear candidate for the world's "human being most likely to lose her job" award. Not that she should lose her job -- just that she manages, as always, to get the world's most powerful people clamoring for her head. Attached to her body or not.

    Through a complicated situation, Jenny Cooper finds it necessary to find out why Flight 189 plunged into the Severn Estuary killing everyone on board, plus at least one (part of the plot) on the ground. Although technically barred from investigating the cause of the crash itself -- something the Powers That Be most definitely do NOT want investigated -- Jenny edges into the investigation because the body of a young girl who was on the flight washes up into her territory. It's a battle royal, not only to find out what made the plane crash, but for Jenny to stay alive while she does it. After all, hundreds of people are already dead. What's one more?

    If you haven't read the M. R. Hall series, of which this is the 4th book, you've got a treat in store. The tension just doesn't let up -- but what's even more interesting in this book was the amount of technical information included along the way. I'm not an engineer -- still can't quite believe how anything that big can fly -- but there are several testimonials from people who do know such things that M. R. Hall -- a male author who hails from Wales -- did a lot of research, and they say what Hall describes is perfectly possible even if highly unlikely. I thought all the airline trivia details were fascinating -- not just of the crash itself, but of how airline companies work, what pressures the employees are under, and how the whole airline culture functions.

    Of course there's a human element, too -- the scenes with Jenny's dying father, with whom she was never close, ring true, as does her interaction with her seriously difficult secretary Allison. I suspect that many of us have had to deal with an "Allison". Mine was named Pauline, and some of the interaction between Jenny and her moody and obnoxious staffer made me laugh at some of my own difficult situations all over again.

    I really love this series, and am astonished when I hear people say, "M. R. Hall" Who's that?" Hall is a top notch author who deserves to be at the top of everyone's list -- just don't bring this one on an airplane if you know what's good for you.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 07-27-14
    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 07-27-14 Member Since 2005

    I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.

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    "Danger in the skies and in the software"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Flight to be better than the print version?

    Having not read the print version I am only guessing but I think the narration was so good that I would choose the audio book over the print version.


    What other book might you compare The Flight to and why?

    Any of the many books which have a plot based on a group of people facing an impossible situation which they solve in a pretty novel way.


    What does Sian Thomas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has a lovely voice- the tone and quality of her voice is very easy to listen to. I think if it had been narrated by a male reader the performance would have lost something important.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scenes involving the coroner's involvement with the accident victims and their families were particularly moving.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has some technical passages regarding airplanes and the software now used for many parts of the flight process. The author did a very good job of writing these passages so they are understandable and entertaining without talking down to the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R.E. Vazquez Glen Allen, VA USA 02-24-13
    R.E. Vazquez Glen Allen, VA USA 02-24-13 Listener Since 2006
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    What made the experience of listening to The Flight the most enjoyable?

    The plot


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really, due to the reader


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sian Thomas?

    ANY man with an American accent. She probably is perfect for European listeners, but in America we need a Scott Brick.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps its me, but my American ears have trouble following a pronounced British accent. The only way I can follow the narration is to concentrate absolutely, to the exclusion of anything else. Since I normally do my work (I'm a bookbinder) while listening, I often lose the story and have to back track. In addition, her different voices are so close that I lose track of who is talking. Finally is my admitedly prejudiced opinion that women can't do men's voices (women, feel free to boo). Men have no trouble doing women's voices, but women seem to either growl or as in this case, don't even bother to make it distinct. Miss Thomas is probably charming and competent, but she has a limited range of distinct voices and all come out sounding the same.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    "Imaginative and innovative"
    Where does The Flight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an excellent book, I have never read or listened to anything else by this author but I will be looking out for more books for sure.


    What does Sian Thomas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She reads well and gives good characterisation to the plot.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really but it did make me wonder if I ever want to fly again!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for something a bit different, give this a try.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Katryn
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    "Didn't really engage with the characters"
    Would you try another book written by M. R. Hall or narrated by Sian Thomas?

    It's unlikely that I'd try another book by this author, I've tried two now & with both the books I've struggled to connect.....these were books that I could put down.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Mrs Cooper disobeying the rules is entertaining, but at the same time her actions are unbelievable.....an English coroner investigating like a private detective??? Alison in a bad mood all the time, why would you not just sack her?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
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    "Gripping..."

    Ooooer.... very scary for someone like me who is a very nervous flier and has to fly a lot. I found it very gripping, so much so that I cleaned my house from top to bottom so as to be able to listen longer. The reader is excellent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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