For millions of people, travel by air is a confounding, uncomfortable, and even fearful experience. Patrick Smith, airline pilot and author of the Web's popular "Ask the Pilot" column, separates fact from fallacy and tells you everything you need to know:
Cockpit Confidential covers not only the nuts and bolts of flying, but also the grand theater of air travel, from airport architecture to inflight service to the excitement of travel abroad. It's a thoughtful, funny, at times deeply personal look into the strange and misunderstood world of commercial flying.
©2013 Patrick Smith (P)2013 Tantor
it's not a story. it's a compilation of smug, condescending, snarky, vague answers to questions from his website.
you'll keep listening to it simply to hear how much more obnoxious he can actually get.
i've listened to lots of books, but I have never written a review before. this book is so over the top, i had to: the author is such a self-important, self-righteous, sanctimonious, condescending know-it-all it is really hard to believe a professional editor allowed this tripe to be published...it must be utterly unbearable to be locked in a cockpit with this guy on a trans-oceanic flight. i pity the first officers who have to fly with him. it's been a long time since i have paid good money to be talked down to while i actually thought i was going to be entertained. from his faux-authoritative comments about global warming, his morally superior preaching about his environmentally friendly lifestyle, and how annoyed he gets by children, to his snobbish descriptions of his worldly travels, he comes off as an effeminate, snippy, fussbudget. you might think it's a book about flying and airplanes, but it's not. it' an exercise in listing to this blowhard spout off about how stupid the flying public is, how much more he knows about flying than you do, all the things he dislikes about america and americans, and what a smart guy he is. there's also a lot of bloviating in there about how politically correct he is, and how much better -- just in general -- he is than you. his attempts a humor fall flat almost every time.i am a pilot, too, and grew up in the aviation industry. just about all the pilots i have ever met are good guys (most of them are ex-military...this author never says either way, but I'd bet anyone with an attitude this haughty and annoying was NOT), so i was really surprised at what a jerk this guy is. every paragraph drips with contempt for the flying public (if not the reader). to his credit, the reader does a great job translating all the snooty condescension from print to voice.in all, a bitter disappointment. an uncreative and lazy work at best.
Sadly, not much here. A mile wide and an inch deep. Patrick Smith has good intentions here, but chooses no to go into depth on anything, except his commentary on airplane logos and paint jobs.
This book is as boring as the narrator was who read it. If this book was the black-box flight recorder, you wouldn't recover it to find out what went wrong. Just leave it.
A trivial man
A petulant, whiny author with a self serving agenda, who took time from flying around on his high horse to write an almost unreadable book. Kudos, to the narrator for breathing at least a little life into this otherwise benighted tome.
Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.
This was one of the worst Audible titles I’ve encountered, if not the worst. The narrator has what sounds like an artificial/robot voice and was impossible for me to listen to for any length of time. And the content was anecdotal and not very interesting. The topic had promise but it appeared to be a bunch of columns stitched together.
I was expecting to like it since I'm very interested in the topic and choose to watch or read items about flight and the aviation industry. But I was very disappointed in this one.
Entertaining, funny, and full of behind the scenes flying information
I love the reader of this book. Drumond is the same reader also read the books by John Dos Pasos. I love his tone and inflection when he reads.
This book is great for ANY passenger on a commercial airline. I put up over 100,000 miles a year flying in the U.S. and abroad. I thought I knew most things about the airlines, crew, and planes, but this book gave me much information, and dispelled some erroneous myths that I had about flying. From basic information about the stripes that distinguish a captain from the first officer (which I knew) to basic physics of flying and the maneuvers in an emergency situation, he explains it all. And he does it with humor when necessary, and seriousness if called for. He weaves his personal biography throughout the book into a delightful narrative. By the end of the book, you feel like you know the author personally
Ignore the negative reviews. Some of the reviews here take the author and reader of the audiobook too seriously. The author pokes fun at himself at times as when he describes his first commercial pilots position, and has hilarious descriptions of flying as when he describes the conversation in the cockpit after the nose of the plane gets struck by lightening. Pilot, "What was that?" First officer, "I dunno." The author also has a lot of factual information useful to anyone who flys in a commercial airliner; including those who are afraid to fly. After listening to this book, any noise you ear that may have frightened you, or fear scenario that you may have in your mind will be explained away as normal or easily handled by the crew, training, and capacity of the plane. It is one of the best audio books that I have encountered. I am nearing the end, and wish it were much longer. I hope Smith writes another book!
Very informative. Some of the stories were just outstanding. and the way he tells of the most notorious airplane crashes was told very well with a lot of information you didn't hear in the media
I'm a very frequent international and occasional US domestic flyer and I really liked this book. It answered so many questions that have been around in my mind for years. The narrator was pretty good - nice voice to listen to and just the right level of smugness for an airline pilot :-)
Very cool that it also answered a lot of safety questions and gave balanced views, in my view, on most subjects.
I can't give the story a 5 star rating as there isn't really one, but the chapter on the Tenerife disaster was compelling listening.
This is one of my best Audible purchases.
"Interesting very American"
The insight to US air operations. Didn't exclude the rest of the world, but was not as comprehensive outside the states.
No, one hit wonder...
Blegh. They all melted together after a while.
Worth a listen at least once. Second time should wait a year or two.
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