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  • Crash Course

  • Accidents Don't Just Happen
  • By: Julie Whipple
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

On a cold winter night, a passenger jet with 189 aboard crash landed, out of fuel, in a suburban neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Ten people died. The pilot was blamed and stripped of his career, and a sweeping transformation of flight-crew training took place that made United Flight 173 (in)famous worldwide as the model for failure and change. That was only the half of it. Crash Course, by award-winning journalist Julie Whipple, is the long-overdue, true story of a misunderstood airline tragedy that changed more about our daily lives than most people know.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Jean on 12-21-18

Snoozer

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-18

I am surprised the narrator didn't fall asleep. She did her best, but my gosh, it was boring. I was expecting a dramatic account of the crash, but the majority of the book was made up of explaining the mechanics of the landing gear and detailing every single minute of the legal battle which followed. Not entertaining or interesting, at all, for me at least.

  • Columbine

  • By: Dave Cullen
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586

"The tragedies keep coming. As we reel from the latest horror..."  So begins a new epilogue, illustrating how Columbine became the template for nearly two decades of "spectacle murders". It is a false script, seized upon by a generation of new killers. In the wake of Newtown, Aurora, and Virginia Tech, the imperative to understand the crime that sparked this plague grows more urgent every year. What really happened April 20, 1999? The horror left an indelible stamp on the American psyche, but most of what we "know" is wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entrancing, I couldn't stop listening!

  • By Anonymous User on 05-04-18

Narration bothered me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I couldn't get past the narrator's loud inhalations, as if he was having a hard time catching his breath. It was so distracting, I couldn't ignore it and was unable to focus on the story. Even without that narrator I'm not sure the book would have held my attention. There was a little too much background information and detail, which made me want to skip forward and get back to the actual events.

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  • The Circus Fire

  • A True Story of an American Tragedy
  • By: Stewart O'Nan
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

In 1944, the big top of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford caught fire during the middle of an afternoon performance. Nine thousand people were inside. In seconds, the big top was burning out of control. The toll of the fire, and its circumstances, haunt Hartford to the present day. But it is the intense, detailed narrative - before, after, and especially during the panic under the burning tent - that will remain with listeners long after they finish this book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harrowing and brilliantly detailed

  • By P. M. Morris on 09-14-08

Would have made a better movie

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Definitely. If the author had stuck with one story line at a time instead of jumping around so much, it might have been less confusing. I found myself wishing it were a movie, so I could put a face with all the different names and visualize the layout of the circus. A lot of superfluous details could have been left out. I would have preferred an abridged version.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Sorry to say, I have not been able to finish the book. The beginning held my interest, but the longer it goes on, the less I care to know.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The only suggestion I can think of is to read with a little less emotion. The story is compelling enough in itself without trying to add any drama to narration.

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

No. There is almost too much information in this one book.

Any additional comments?

My review may be tainted by the fact that, prior to "The Circus Fire", I had just listened to "To Sleep With the Angels." While the subject matter is very similar, the story of the school fire was presented in a more cohesive fashion and was a superior listening experience for me.

  • Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds

  • The Tragedy and Triumph of ASA Flight 529
  • By: Gary M. Pomerantz
  • Narrated by: Boyd Gaines
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

In August 1995, twenty-six passengers and a crew of three board a commuter plane in Atlanta headed for Gulfport, Mississippi. Shortly after takeoff they hear an explosion, and some see a mangled engine lodged against the wing. From that moment, nine minutes and twenty seconds elapse until the crippled plane crashes in a west Georgia hayfield. Gary Pomerantz takes listeners deep into the hearts and minds of the people aboard, each of whom prepares in his or her own way for what may come.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First Rate Drama

  • By Don on 02-25-05

A gripping account of ASA 529 plane crash

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend 9 Minutes, 20 Seconds to anyone who enjoys this genre - non-fiction - aviation accidents - true life drama etc.

What other book might you compare Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds to and why?

Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fire, America’s Deadliest Rock Concert
Similar in that it recounts the events before, during, and after a tragedy, along with survivor and victim stories.

Which scene was your favorite?

The emotional scene in the ambulance between the co-pilot and the lady EMT brought me to tears.

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

Several, but the co-pilot reminding the EMT of her son stands out the most to me. Also, the encounter between Kevin B. and the girl in the flowered dress struck a chord.

Any additional comments?

Online, I was able to find the the seating chart with pictures of the victims included in the book. This was very helpful in keeping all the passengers straight and visualizing how things occurred during the accident.

When details were necessary, the author was able to explain the technical aspects of the crash in a way that I could understand. It was not boring to me. The narrator did a good job .However, being from the Atlanta area myself, I found the southern accent to be a little over the top, and cringed every time he said, "Bi-LOCKS- i" Just an observation :)

While the book does have many inspiring moments, I was left feeling sad and
somewhat depressed at the end. I should have kept in mind that a story about a fatal plane crash can't be expected to have all happy endings.