In Concorde, Jonathan Glancey tells the story of this magnificent and hugely popular aircraft anew, taking the reader from the moment Captain Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier in 1947 through to the last commercial flight of the supersonic airliner in 2003.
It is a tale of national rivalries, technological leaps, daring prototypes, tightrope politics, and a dream of a Dan Dare future never quite realised. Jonathan Glancey traces the development of Concorde not just through existing material and archives but through interviews with those who lived with the supersonic project from its inception.
I really enjoyed the first two-thirds of this book, and it was insightful and interesting as I'd hoped it would be. That was, until the chapter when Concorde crashed, after which the tone gets very bitter, as the author is angry at seemingly everything, from the accident, to terrorism, then to Airbus, Boeing, phones, IPads, and technology in general, blaming technology for ruining air travel ...which was responsible for making it - and Concorde - in the first place.
Unless you want to listen to a bitter, angry author spill his issues about everything that he claims has ruined the world since the last flight of Concorde, and feel patronised and belittled for listening to this audiobook on such a device he repeatedly berates the public for "being glued to", I'd recommend you stop listening after Concorde retires.
Because up until then, it really is a very good book.
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Very well narrated but sometimes went off topic. overall enjoyable listen and I would recommend.
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
The book explores the social context of the period. Not for the Concorde fan.
Has Concorde put you off other books in this genre?
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Lots of detailed information here. Story goes off piste quite often and the chronology darts about but overall a good listen
I like Concorde and wanted to hear the full story, problem with this book is how the author criticises the world and makes sweeping generalist statements about people. I love engineering and also modern technology! My first disappointing book on Audible.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
They'd probably need to have an interest in the topic, but it's well narrated and a pretty interesting story.
What about Andrew Cullum’s performance did you like?
He's not nasally American for a change! :)
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
But didn't expect to be with an aeroplane story!
Any additional comments?
Goes off on a few unrelated tangents to drag it out for 10 hours. But it's an interesting story, well researched and narrated that certainly offers some facts about the development of Concorde I wasn't previously aware of.