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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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