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The definitive investigation into the greatest aviation mystery in history, with a startling hypothesis about who took the plane, where they took it, and how. On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared. A year later, still no trace of the plane - or the 239 people onboard - has been found. But why? In The Plane That Wasn't There, science journalist and CNN aviation analyst Jeff Wise sweeps aside the conspiracy theories and misconceptions and lays out, with clear concision, just what we know about the plane's fate - and what we don't. The deeper into the technical details one delves, Wise reports, the stranger the case seems. He proposes that in order to make sense of the data we have, a radical new hypothesis ought to be considered - one that he lays out in gripping detail, complete with modus operandi, flight path, possible perpetrators, and a startling destination. Jeff Wise is a science journalist specializing in aviation and psychology. A licensed pilot of gliders and light airplanes, he has also written for New York, The New York Times, Time, Businessweek, Esquire, Details, and many others. His 2011 Popular Mechanics story on the fate of Air France 447 was named one of the Top 10 Longreads of 2011. His last book was Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger. A native of Massachusetts, he lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.

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Truly Disappointing

If you have a true interest in MH 370, stick to Richard Quest's book. This one is very short, disorganized, random, and full of outlandish far-reaching conspiracies. I was so disappointed I decided to write this review despite never having reviewed a book on Audible before. Save your money, buy Quest's book instead.

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  • Michael
  • Silver Spring, MD, United States
  • 07-22-15

Russia hijacked MH370?

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Wise offers an interesting but ultimately unconvincing argument to explain the disappearance of MH-370 in March 2014. He speculates that the flight was hijacked by Russian special forces in response to international sanctions that had been imposed on Russia as a means to pressure the Putin administration into ending its war against Ukraine. He cites as proof of a hijacking the complete lack of aircraft wreckage in the ocean despite months of sea searches mounted by various governments. Of course a hijacking may well turn out to be the most likely answer to the mystery of Flight 370 one day, but Wise's Russian hypothesis, although superficially appealing to conspiracy types, is implausible at best, supported by little more than a James Bond-like scenario involving highly trained special forces operators’ taking over the plane only a day after the U.S. government announced its support for international sanctions. That hardly seems enough time to mount the complex operation Wise describes. Certainly, the author offers no solid proof that would stand up to careful legal analysis. The book’s major strength provides a fascinating, albeit frequently deeply technical, analysis of the plane's extremely complex operating systems; it makes for tough going for readers who are not experts in avionics and aircraft engineering, but the details are enthralling.

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One view too many.

Very interesting and lots of info...but hard work keeping abreast of things. Not something I would listen to again in a hurry...that is unless they find the plane of course!

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The Russian Connection

I certainly was surprised where we ended with the airplane. I guess I'm one of the few people who wait for answers long after 24 hours news has found something more fascinating. I hate flying and car or cruise ship can get me around the world just fine. But if I have to fly I want to know if the NTSB has the why and FAA isn't sitting around waiting with its tombstone mentality.
If the planning took time Putin knew US would whip out the sanction card, then his boomerang line would fly and we see another plane crash. I think the boomerang kept flying. Our elections could have been what the aim was yet I still think it's flying. When Putin enters this it is to me the most frightening thought. Olympic committee might want to watch their back.

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Cherry-picks data, needs to be updated

Interesting theory but sorely needs to be updated...the entire analysis falls to pieces when you do a simple google search and realize that confirmed debris from MH370 HAS been discovered in the Indian Ocean. I feel like I wasted my time since this analysis was never amended to discuss that critical fact.

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Presents an extremely interesting scenario

What did you love best about The Plane That Wasn't There?

I was reluctant to purchase this title for various reasons but I has pleasantly surprised by how much interesting information that seemed well curated. The authors discussion of his time at CNN only added context to his process of cobbling together the scant information. He was doing his best to be immune to the theory of the moment and only wanted to go where the facts led.

What other book might you compare The Plane That Wasn't There to and why?

Modern American Snipers because it was written by a relative unknown but really delivers a lot of interesting information with little to no fluff.

What about Jeff Wise’s performance did you like?

He is clear and easy to understand. He disappears underneath the story.

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

The clearly labeled speculation about how the Russians were capable of a high tech hijacking of this Airliner.

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It's a bargain at the price.

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good book

technical enough to be satisfying for an EE but some homework is called for if you want to fallow the tech-math

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wake up people!!

Well thought out and technically sound. The author walks you through the facts while exposing the MSM's complicity to conjecture and emotionally driven opinions. Want to start thinking for yourself and question the world being forced on you? This is a good place to start.

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Good overview.

while the research is solid the author neglects some of the facts and misinterpreted others. still it's worth reading but i would not make it your only source of you're researching this event.

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very informative

It's interesting to hear this audible on a subject I was curious about. thank you!

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  • Pezzer
  • 03-08-18

Fiction

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Fiction or should I say Science Fiction. A rushed story that made no sense.

What could Jeff Wise have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Give me my money back

Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Wise’s performances?

No

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

Rubbish