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Twelve miles above the Pacific Ocean, a missile strikes a jumbo passenger jet and leaves the flight crew either crippled or dead. This is the story of how three survivors must achieve the impossible and land the plane. Master storyteller Nelson DeMille and veteran pilot Thomas Block collaborated on Mayday, the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller of all time.
©1979, 1998 by Thomas H. Block and Nelson DeMille, All Rights Reserved (P)16 9; 1998 Time Warner AudioBooks, A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

Critic Reviews

"Strong and electric!" (Washington Post) "Truly horrific...delicious terror. Mayday is a novel for the true connoisseur of disaster novels." (The New York Times Book Review)

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  • Russell
  • Bakersfield, CA, United States
  • 08-18-11

Mixed Emotions

My review title truly expresses my feeling about this tome. I enjoyed the story line, albeit from outter space (no pun intended) and it kept me interested and entertained. But I found this book to be overladen with insignificant manushia that in this readers (listeners) mind to be fluff/filler. (the aforementioned equaled the removal of half a star)

(the following represents the removal of 1-1/2 stars) I found the reader of the narrative to be terrible, with no inflections, voice variances for different characters or apparent involvement with the action-at-hand! To describe the reader in one word, I found him to be "static". Aside from the two issues mentioned, I enjoyed the "read"!

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  • Thomas
  • Seattle, United States Minor Outlying Islands
  • 07-09-11

Terrific collaboration!

I'm reading this book for the 2nd time and am finding it as crackling a great thriller as any I've read. The collaboration of my favorite author, Nelson DeMille, and pilot Thomas Brock results in wonderful narrative and page-turning fun.

I could not recommend this novel more highly.

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One of DeMille's Best!

Although most here have given praise to this recording of "Mayday" I'm very surprised to find quite a few people seem to dislike the narration of Michael Prichard. Mr. Prichard, in my opinion, is one of the very best voices in audio books and a long-time favorite of mine. I also enjoy the work of Scott Brick who does many of Nelson DeMille's novels but consider Mr. Prichard the Dean of Audiobook narration. In regards to "Mayday" I have read this novel several times and believe it is an exciting and fun read from beginning to end. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have and will again!

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  • Tee
  • Fairfax, VA
  • 12-06-09

Good Story Bad Reader

The story line was very good but the narrator Michael Prichard is the most boring narrator there is. He sounds like the guy that says Dry Eyes on the commercials.

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  • Nitin
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • 12-15-07

Great Book

One of the best audiobooks. Although predictable, it has enough suspense to keep you listening. Voice acting is great too.

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  • Nick
  • Bloomington, WI, United States
  • 09-20-07


I have enjoyed several audio books by Nelson DeMille read by others but this has to be the worst audio book I have ever encountered. The narration is dull and flat and well suited to a high school shop text book....

Couldn't listen to it all....pass on this one..can I give it less than one star?

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Temporal Confusion

What a great premise, great characters, and very good narration. Unfortunately, I found the attempt to update the technology (which is critical to the plot) from the seventies to the nineties difficult to believe, especially in the context of the formality of the dialogue, which just no longer happens. In addition, there are several other anachronisms that were not fixed. I felt that the changes made to update the story were too obviously inserted and detracted from the real drama to the point of actually being irritating.

In summary, I wish I had bought the original book so I could have experienced the characters and the drama without the distraction of awkwardly inserted updates.

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  • Brendan
  • Arlington, WA, USA
  • 04-13-07


As a huge listener to books, I am hard pressed to find many I really like anymore. This was one of them! From the beginning, I was hooked! I would not hesitate to suggest this to anyone.

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Non-stop suspenseA

Action and suspense from beginning to end... A thoroughly entertaining book. Even the terrible narrator couldn't ruin it.

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Very enjoyable listen

I very much enjoyed this book. I found myself sitting in my car long after I reached my destination to see what happened next. There were a couple of technical flaws in the story that caught my attention, but overall, it had me riveted.