• The Flight

  • Coroner Jenny Cooper, Book 4
  • By: Matthew Hall
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (259 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Coroner Jenny Cooper investigates… A tragic accident or a terrible crime? When Flight 189 plunges into the Severn Estuary, Coroner Jenny Cooper finds herself handling the case of a lone sailor whose boat appears to have been sunk by the stricken plane, and drawn into the mysterious fate of a ten year-old girl, Amy Patterson, a passenger on 189, whose largely unmarked body is washed up alongside his.

While a massive and highly secretive operation is launched to recover clues from the wreckage, Jenny begins to ask questions the official investigation doesn’t want answered. How could such a high tech plane – virtually impregnable against human error – fail? What linked the high powered passengers who found themselves on this ill-fated flight? And how did Amy Patterson survive the crash, only to perish hours later? Under pressure from Amy’s grieving mother, and opposed by those at the very highest levels of government, Jenny must race against time to seek the truth behind this terrible disaster, before it can happen again…

©2012 M. R. Hall (P)2013 Pan Macmillan

Critic Reviews

”As premises go, this one’s a killer . . . It’s a terrific series, meticulously researched, sharply plotted and peopled with sympathetic characters, led by Cooper, who is always aware of the human consequences of failure” (Financial Times)

”The Flight is M R Hall's fourth story to feature clever coroner Jenny Cooper. His investigation of a plane crash in the Severn estuary is as complex and impressive as his debut The Coroner” (Sunday Telegraph)

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Read these books!!

My fellow audible listeners- I don’t know if you are like me - looking to see how many positive reviews a book has before you spend the credit ... but, at least this one time - don’t do that!!!

This author is wonderful - I listened to the first book because it was in the Plus Catalog and free - and fell in love with this authors writing. I’ve purchased all of his other books - and have binged on them! I wish there were 40 more to buy - wonderful series - love the author - give it a try!!!

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Absolutely fascinating -- and terrifying

This is not a book to read on an airplane -- in terms of 'airline disaster' books, this is right up there with John Nance's "Turbulence" or Nelson DeMille's "Mayday". Excellent, just excellent -- not told from a passenger's point of view, but rather from the standpoint of the coroner, in this case, the intrepid Jenny Cooper, a clear candidate for the world's "human being most likely to lose her job" award. Not that she should lose her job -- just that she manages, as always, to get the world's most powerful people clamoring for her head. Attached to her body or not.

Through a complicated situation, Jenny Cooper finds it necessary to find out why Flight 189 plunged into the Severn Estuary killing everyone on board, plus at least one (part of the plot) on the ground. Although technically barred from investigating the cause of the crash itself -- something the Powers That Be most definitely do NOT want investigated -- Jenny edges into the investigation because the body of a young girl who was on the flight washes up into her territory. It's a battle royal, not only to find out what made the plane crash, but for Jenny to stay alive while she does it. After all, hundreds of people are already dead. What's one more?

If you haven't read the M. R. Hall series, of which this is the 4th book, you've got a treat in store. The tension just doesn't let up -- but what's even more interesting in this book was the amount of technical information included along the way. I'm not an engineer -- still can't quite believe how anything that big can fly -- but there are several testimonials from people who do know such things that M. R. Hall -- a male author who hails from Wales -- did a lot of research, and they say what Hall describes is perfectly possible even if highly unlikely. I thought all the airline trivia details were fascinating -- not just of the crash itself, but of how airline companies work, what pressures the employees are under, and how the whole airline culture functions.

Of course there's a human element, too -- the scenes with Jenny's dying father, with whom she was never close, ring true, as does her interaction with her seriously difficult secretary Allison. I suspect that many of us have had to deal with an "Allison". Mine was named Pauline, and some of the interaction between Jenny and her moody and obnoxious staffer made me laugh at some of my own difficult situations all over again.

I really love this series, and am astonished when I hear people say, "M. R. Hall" Who's that?" Hall is a top notch author who deserves to be at the top of everyone's list -- just don't bring this one on an airplane if you know what's good for you.

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If you love airplanes you may really enjoy this book. If you would like to
indulge in what may slam onto a
movie screen near you - you will
love this book. If you would like to explore 21st century flight's
electronics, politics, some oopsies-
airbuses and Skyhawk pilots buy this book. I really like this author but I am
not interested in flight.





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forgettable storyline but very well read

Would you try another book from M. R. Hall and/or Sian Thomas?

I'd probably try another

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Add more gritty content

What about Sian Thomas’s performance did you like?

Excellent English accents!

Do you think The Flight needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, the story didnt really have any where to go to

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British accents and women readers

What made the experience of listening to The Flight the most enjoyable?

The plot

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not really, due to the reader

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sian Thomas?

ANY man with an American accent. She probably is perfect for European listeners, but in America we need a Scott Brick.

Any additional comments?

Perhaps its me, but my American ears have trouble following a pronounced British accent. The only way I can follow the narration is to concentrate absolutely, to the exclusion of anything else. Since I normally do my work (I'm a bookbinder) while listening, I often lose the story and have to back track. In addition, her different voices are so close that I lose track of who is talking. Finally is my admitedly prejudiced opinion that women can't do men's voices (women, feel free to boo). Men have no trouble doing women's voices, but women seem to either growl or as in this case, don't even bother to make it distinct. Miss Thomas is probably charming and competent, but she has a limited range of distinct voices and all come out sounding the same.

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Okay book

So far I have found the Jenny Cooper series interesting but this book was harder to follow. The facts were on point but the story line was difficult to follow.

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Loved it!

Sian Thomas is one of my favorite narrators. It's one of the reasons I've listened to this series 3 times.

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Another excellent story line!

My stepfather was a fighter pilot, as well as a Thunderbird pilot, and for a time I lived with him and my mom on an air force base in Aviano, Italy (which I was amazed to hear mentioned in this book), and also in TX. I got to listen to many stories about airplanes, associated experiences, and adventures, resulting in a lifelong fascination with planes and the people who fly them. Therefore, I found this story line to be very interesting. Amazing detail about many aspects of today's passenger airplanes. I also, once again, very much enjoyed Sian Thomas' narration. On to the next book in the series!

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Enjoyable

I enjoyed this story it put me in mind of the Boeing crisis with their planes and the faulty antistall softwear, Good storyline great characters again and I love her attitude.

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Interesting plot. Diction? Meh.

Only writers of bodice rippers describe characters as being on "tenterhooks". This has no meaning in modern English. It lacks descriptive value. To use it multiple times in the same novel is egregious and lazy.

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  • The Glamizon
  • 02-14-20

Not my favourite but still a good listen.

I have just binged on this entire series. The Coroner proved to be little addictive xx

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  • Learning is fun!
  • 12-14-13

Imaginative and innovative

Where does The Flight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is an excellent book, I have never read or listened to anything else by this author but I will be looking out for more books for sure.

What does Sian Thomas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She reads well and gives good characterisation to the plot.

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

Not really but it did make me wonder if I ever want to fly again!

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for something a bit different, give this a try.

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  • Ms
  • 12-13-13

Didn't really engage with the characters

Would you try another book written by M. R. Hall or narrated by Sian Thomas?

It's unlikely that I'd try another book by this author, I've tried two now & with both the books I've struggled to connect.....these were books that I could put down.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Mrs Cooper disobeying the rules is entertaining, but at the same time her actions are unbelievable.....an English coroner investigating like a private detective??? Alison in a bad mood all the time, why would you not just sack her?

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  • gmtn16
  • 07-07-22

The Coroner

This series of books are excellent, but the US TV spin off series really doesn’t work, which is a great pity.

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  • Judith Jazz
  • 06-13-22

Excellent narration

I love this series the narrator is brilliant she brings to life the authors story. It really makes a difference to the listening experience with a good narrator. I often listen to these books in the car on my way to work. This story was compelling and once parked up didn’t want to leave it! Can’t wait to start my next one.

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  • KJ
  • 06-11-22

A very enjoyable series of books

I have just finished the fourth of 'The Coroner' series. it was as good as the other three.

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  • Mary
  • 02-03-21

So Clever

The aeronautical details are impressive and certainly (to this non expert) seem amazingly (and horribly) credible - the research that must go into this kind of plotting is so thorough. Only a very few elements I found unlikely but, like the previous stories in this series, the twists and intricacies of the investigation are just so clever.
I find the main character too prickly and flawed to be entirely likeable but I'm devouring this series and she is compulsive - the narrator Sian Thomas delivers her haughty intelligent manner brilliantly. IMHO some of the secondary English characters sound rather too similar to each other with identical "generic local" accents - there are no convincing Bristolian accents or colloquialisms to be heard anywhere for example. The Welsh characters are served better.

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  • Philip
  • 01-13-21

Great story well read

This really holds the suspense well and has characters you care about. It’s a good credible narrative that is well researched. I now have Matthew Hall on my radar. Enjoy!

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  • Moodynic
  • 11-22-20

another good listen

I love this character, a tortured, intelligent, strong woman on a mission.
all books have been great so far but this one did drag a little too long.

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  • Fred
  • 10-08-20

great listen once again.

loving this series , well written, intriguing characters especially the corner Jenny . Great audio book, Sian Thomas is a pleasure to listen to.

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  • Micky
  • 02-25-22

A real live thriller

I love this writer as well as the performance of the narrator.

The story sounded so authentic while keeping the story interesting and thrilling to the end with a touch of romance to lighten the drama of the plane crash.

Certainly worth listening and one which I have noted the writer as being the best descriptive writer which makes it so authentic to the story

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  • Clemens
  • 05-05-16

solid

good sequel of the coroner series... the aviation part was relatively accurate and Jenny delivers again on being a difficult customer. I would have liked to see the Branson analogy Ranson explored a little more.

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