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Publisher's Summary

How can one pilot cram so much into a single lifetime? Climb into Captain Terry Reece's cockpit, fasten your seatbelt, and hold on for an exciting journey into the world of aviation.

Born to a family of transplanted North Carolinians who moved to Washington State, a young Reece explored the hills of the Pacific Northwest. Hiking in the mountains and being a fire lookout gave him a taste of adventure, but he craved more - and he got it.

Reece's first flying lesson ended in a cloud of billowing dust, ripped metal, and broken Plexiglas. But that didn't keep him grounded. Over the next few years, he navigated his Lockheed C-130 to steamy nights in Rangoon, risky undercover aircraft deliveries to Libya, icy Arctic expeditions, and desperate flights out of the desert with machine guns pointed at his gut, to landing Boeing jets on short, icy runways on Alaska's Aleutian Chain.

Reece's entertaining biography delves into the fast-paced world of aviation and is filled with compassion, danger, bits of humor, and the follies of youth. It's also the remarkable tale of how Reece and his wife, Nancy, sought to keep his dream of flying alive through the years. From the freezing, isolated North Pole to the heat and heart of Africa, Flying North South East and West takes you to every direction on the compass and leads you to the adventure of a lifetime.

©2007 Terry E Reece (P)2014 Terry E Reece

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Narrator Fail

The narrator of this book lacked a basic knowledge of Alaska and aviation. As these were the two constants through out. The narrator detracted from the story line.

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A great story...poorly read

Where does Flying North South East and West: Arctic to the Sahara rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A great story of a lifetime of flying.

What did you like best about this story?

The variety of aircraft and operations Capt Reece flew.

Would you be willing to try another one of Joshua Bennington’s performances?

No. I did not enjoy his performance as a reader. He mispronounced many words and chopped up sentences so that their meaning was lost or confused.

Any additional comments?

By the hard copy or Kindle...skip the audio version.

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MEMOIRS OF A PILOT

Would you listen to Flying North South East and West: Arctic to the Sahara again? Why?

YES, IT WAS ENJOYABLE THE FIRST TIME AND I AM SURE IT WOULD BE AGAIN IF I HEARD IT A SECOND TIME

What was one of the most memorable moments of Flying North South East and West: Arctic to the Sahara?

EVERYTIME THE AUTHOR LANDED ON THE ICE OR A RIVER BED OR ON A "ICE ISLAND"

What about Joshua Bennington’s performance did you like?

THE NARRATOR GIVE THE CHARACTERS A LITTLE MORE LIFE THAN THE WORDS ALONG COULD GIVE

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

FLYING IN ALASKA

Any additional comments?

I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN FLYING

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Alaskan Aviation

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

I have recommended this book to a friend who is a retired pilot. He also enjoyed both the comedy and the narration

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scenes were when the author was learning to fly and the problems he ran into.

Any additional comments?

Capt. Reece wrote a very entertaining book about his life as a pilot and Joshua Bennington brought that book to life with his narration.

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Humorous Alaskan pilot memoirs

Where does Flying North South East and West: Arctic to the Sahara rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This audio book rates at the top of the audio book I have listened to

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

Joshua Bennington brings the characters to life and gives them a personality that would be missing in the printed version

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

Landing on and finding the ice island

Any additional comments?

If you like airplanes, adventure and humor you will like this audio book

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AN UP CLOSE & PERSONAL STORY OF ALASKAN BUSH PILOT

Where does Flying North South East and West: Arctic to the Sahara rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

FLYING NORTH SOUTH EAST AND WEST RANKS CLOSE TO THE TOP OF AUDIO BOOKS I HAVE HEARD, BUT I HAVE ONLY HEARD A HUNDRED OR SO!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Flying North South East and West: Arctic to the Sahara?

THEN CAPTAIN REECE TALKS ABOUT HIS EARLY YEARS I FOUND TO BE THE MOST ENTERTAINING

Any additional comments?

THIS BOOK IS HIGHLY COMMANDED TO ANYONE WITH ANY INTEREST IN ALASKA AND/OR AVIATION

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fantastic aviation adventure

Would you consider the audio edition of Flying North South East and West: Arctic to the Sahara to be better than the print version?

i listen to audio books while i commute to and from work and any time i can hear a good story, the trip seams shorter

What was one of the most memorable moments of Flying North South East and West: Arctic to the Sahara?

captain reece landing in the bush

Which character – as performed by Joshua Bennington – was your favorite?

the narrator was my favorite voice of the audio book

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

i could have listened to more at one time but my 45 min trip was over, so i had to pick up the story on the way back

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it is great book and was read by an interesting narrator

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WHAT IS A BUSH PILOT?

Would you consider the audio edition of Flying North South East and West: Arctic to the Sahara to be better than the print version?

Joshua Bennington did a great job with this narration. I enjoyed hearing him tell the stories Capt.Reece wrote about.

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I recommend this book to anyone interested in flying. The stories are entertaining and packed with adventures. It is well written with humor and realism. The narrator Joshua Bennington gives these stories even more life.

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ALASKAN AVIATION

What made the experience of listening to Flying North South East and West: Arctic to the Sahara the most enjoyable?

I got caught up in the story and could not turn it off. What a great life's story. The narrator Mr.Bennington did a wonderful job of bring the story to life. I would like to hear more of his books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Flying North South East and West: Arctic to the Sahara?

The most memorable passages of the book was when the author reminisced about his first few flights

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was his first landing!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A short story about aviation pioneering in Alaska.

Any additional comments?

Wonderful, Entertaining and Educational, highly recommend it to anyone interested in flying.

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AN ALASKAN PILOT

Would you listen to Flying North South East and West: Arctic to the Sahara again? Why?

YES, I AM SURE I HAVE MISSED SOMETHING

What was one of the most memorable moments of Flying North South East and West: Arctic to the Sahara?

WHEN THE AUTHOR LANDED A PLANE ON AN ICE FLOAT

Have you listened to any of Joshua Bennington’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I HAVE ALSO LISTENED TO "TESTED BY FIRE" AND THIS RECORDING IS MUCH LESS DRAMATIC, MORE OF A STORY TELLER STYLE

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

WHEN THE AUTHOR FIRST LEARNED TO FLY

Any additional comments?

THE BOOK IS A BIT OF ALASKAN HISTORY THAT CAN ONLY BE TOLD BY SOMEONE WHO LIVED IT.

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Awful narration with terrible cadence, inflection and phrasing. Story was of interest, spoiled by narrator.