Sky Masters

Narrated by: Joseph Campanella
Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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In the near future, U.S. forces are completing their final withdrawal from bases in the Philippines. The navy of the People's Republic of China lays claim to the Spratly Islands, decimating a Philippine drilling platform when its occupants refuse to knuckle under. The confrontation quickly escalates when the Chinese use a tactical nuke to wipe out the Philippino flotilla, The U.S. Air Force counterattacks with specially equipped B-52s, B-1s and B-2 Stealth bombers, Colonel Patrick "Mac" Maclanahan of the original "Old Dog" flight playing a key role in the harrowing operation.
©1992 Dale Brown (P)2009 Phoenix

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Pathetic

The narration was pathetic, like a cartoon - if this is what "abridged" means then I will never read another.
Perhaps there is an unabridged version as I have read other Dale Brown works and quite enjoyed them.

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Not what I expected

Having read several of Brown's novels, I figured I couldn't mill with this book. How wrong I was. Compared to his other stories, captivating and exciting, Brown misfired on this one. Too much space was taken up by useless details that had nothing to do with the story, and the story itself was weak, and dare I say, Boring.

The audio was not even as good as the book. It was slow and even made the story worse for the tempo. Oh, then the character voices. Russians, Chinese, Filipino, and American voices were terrible cliches of what they could have been. They all made me think of the French soldier in The Holy Grail, who, when asked if he was French, replied "Of course I am French! Why do you think I am speaking with this outrageous accent?!"

If you actually buy and listen to this book, you have the patience and understanding of a saint.

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abridged

I really hate abridged books...get us the full version. I really enjoy Dale Brown's Dreamland books.

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terrible audio quality and narration.

Narrator hard to understand
Audio quality terrible. recording had lots of echo
wish it was redone, unabridged and with a better narrator and in a proper studio.

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This Review Needs a Title...So, I

An abridged version that lasted barely two hours. It was so tactical that it would have made a good CONOPS vignette for a new weapon system -- 25 years ago. LtCol McLanahan fights a B2 with more fantastic capabilities than a 50 plane gorilla strike in a SE Pacific scenario.

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voices

could have done without all the trying to sound like a different person. the nasaly narration was just ear shattering.

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bad download

poor download. only got first 2 chapters, nothing else. Audible was excellent in return of credit and service.

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Sky flip

The plot is typical Dale Brown . The story kept me on The edge and I couldn't stop listening. The commentator although good, his voice impressions of American characters is not very good. His voice stereotypes the Americans as good ole boys and in some cases high string twits.

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Abridging really detracted from the story

I've read the book and they have cut so much from it that you lose too much of the plot.
Read the book or find it unabridged somewhere.

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B2 Fantastic

An abridged version that lasted barely two hours. It was so tactical that it would have made a good CONOPS vignette for a new weapon system -- 25 years ago. LtCol McLanahan fights a B2 with more fantastic capabilities than a 50 plane gorilla strike in a SE Pacific scenario....

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  • LB
  • 06-19-10

Ruined

A good book, but a terrible audio-book. Ruined by a clumsy and comical narrator. Awful accents, mumbled parts and stereotypical voices poorly thought about.

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  • Joseph
  • 06-03-18

Abridged version

I despise abridged versions of books. Especially books that carry a multifaceted story in their full form.