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Bogeys and Bandits

The Making of a Fighter Pilot
Narrated by: Thomas Block
Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Americans are fascinated by the undeniable mystique of the elite world of Navy fighter pilots. In Bogeys and Bandits, Robert Gandt takes listeners on a thrilling ride in the FA-18 Hornet, one of the fastest, sleekest, and deadliest aircraft in the world.

Gandt lived and worked with several pilots learning to fly the Hornet: the identical twins from Middle America; the computer nerd with a penchant for speed; the grandson of a Tuskegee Airman, trying to live up to a proud legacy; and two women dealing with the post-Tailhook world of the Navy.

Gandt weaves superb technological details of the Hornet and an insider's look at the highly demanding training program with portraits of the day-to-day lives of these very real people aspiring to fulfill a dream. Bogeys and Bandits will hold listeners breathless as they soar through the skies in the cockpit of the fastest and deadliest fighter plane in the world.

©1997 Robert Gandt (P)2017 Robert Gandt

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Great book but the narrator...

The descriptions of each individual progressing through fighter training was great. The narration made listening difficult though.

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Fighter Pilot Insight

Where does Bogeys and Bandits rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was a decent book, worth reading if the subject of military combat is your thing. The parts where characters actually developed and either flew or failed were great, but there was a lot of telling rather than revealing, so this book felt more informative than entertaining.

Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Gandt? Why or why not?

I would, but I'd read the reviews first.

Which scene was your favorite?

The night carrier landings were exciting, and the camaraderie, competition, and politics within the squadron were entertaining.

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

No extreme reaction.

Any additional comments?

Kudos to the author's choice of narration. I have listened to many books told by Thomas Block.

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Possibly the worst narrator on audible.

I'm not even going to continue book due to what sounds like a computer having a meltdown with no understanding of inflection trying to read what otherwise is probably a good book. An unfortunate butchering to the point where it isn't worth my time or money.

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Great story. Bad narrator.

The narrator is terrible. I couldn't finish it. The story would have been interesting. Sad.

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Absolutely terrible narrator

The narrator of this audiobook was unbearable. Be sure to listen to the sample before purchasing. I was unable to get through the first chapter.

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good story, narrator not so much

As many have stated, the story was good and enjoyable, however the narrator was very difficult to listen to. many times the slurring made him sound drunk.
During several of the books climactic moments, they played some music to add drama, this was VERY over produced

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Great material overcomes less then stellarnarrator

Gandt is an excellent aviation writer. His works are always entertaining, and this one is no exception. It captures an interesting snapshot in time, immediately following the tail hook scandal era.
The material is so fascinating and well written that it overcomes a truly comical production and performance. Take a listen to the short audio clip to get a taste for the narrator's voice and delivery. You'll get a fair idea of what I'm talking about. But there is something else here that truly puzzles me, which are the little musical moments thrown into some of the exciting passages in the book. These appear to be pretty random, since you never quite see them coming... but sometimes during a tense passage, such as a crash or a moment of triumph, the narrator will pause and a musical selection will start. The music is as generic as humanly possible, as if the producer had one CD of public domain material to select from and they did the best they could. It is the most unnecessary thing I've ever come across in an audiobook. Truly comical actually, since the narrator sort of tries to go with it. It is funny to the point of distraction, but should not deter anyone from getting this very worthwhile title.

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great book and narration.

Narrator pulls you into the book with his excitement.
also has a way of adding sounds that make it even more eclectic

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  • Royston
  • 01-28-19

Great Story spoilt by poor production.

This is a great story and is intriguing. Unfortunately it is ruined by the editing and production choices.
Some of the story telling sounded as though it was edited words just cobbled together, or a common phrase inserted, akin to sat nav instructions! As for corrections recorded later these are of such poor quality to grate.
Then there is the music! To highlight the increased tension and drama of the story music would start up, like the soundtrack to a movie. I found this annoying and patronising. When reading a book I don’t sit there with a soundtrack accompanying me, hence I don’t expect it to be a part of an audio book.
It’s a real shame as the story is interesting and an insight into the world of U.S. Naval Aviation and what is required to pass FA 18 Hornet flight training.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-19-18

Very bad narrated

Hard to listen, but interesting story. Wondering if will be another release with better narrator.

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  • MR J R Stagg
  • 03-07-18

gave up

The narrator is irritating and not to mention the pauses between sentences, it just comes across like the fast rambling old man

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  • Brad
  • 08-19-17

Interesting Story

Good story but in my personal opinion Thomas Block sucks as a narrator. He sounds like he slurs his words and loses interest in reading the story. The voiced he uses for certain characters are cringe-worthy. I did not enjoy this book because of this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-18

Great book, poor production

Brilliant book, well written and informative. The bad... unfortunately it is almost ruined by the narrator, who sounds drunk and bored. All the good exciting bits are overlayed with stupid music. If you’re an aviation or Navy nut, get it. If you want it for the pleasure of listening, dont bother.

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  • Amanda
  • 06-13-18

Content - Yes, Narration - Not so much...

While I haven't the heart to finish this book, from what I've heard so far, there are some gems in this book.
I can't bring myself to finish the book, however, simply because the narration is so bad.
I hate being critical when so much work has gone into producing something as technical as an audiobook, but the narrator sounds drunk, or a character from McHales Navy (if the later is more appropriate, then typecasting success story here, given the subject matter).
If you are a hardcore military aviation fan, then by all mean knock yourself out. Lots of great anecdotes included.