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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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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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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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A comfortable leisurely listen

I am a fan of author Matthew Hall’s Coroner Jenny Cooper Series and have found the collection riveting. The narrative talents of Sian Thomas go above and beyond. “The Flight,” is an complexellent suspenseful thriller and does move along a bit slowly; this time, that is a good thing. The plot and subplots kept my interest throughout; I found it hard to take a break. A lesson learned: Listen intently, no multitasking during this one, as there are surprising twists and turns. Highly recommended. Well worth a cherished credit or the $10+ I paid. Kudos to all involved for making this available to Audible.

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gripping & thoughtful

interesting aviation tragedies, unclear good & bad guy's, and role of computer's in our demise. Intriguing plot, mystery of who is to be trusted in light of the big picture, and a adrenaline pumping conclusion. I enjoyed this audio book, and Mrs. Cooper the coroner, as always proves to be a mighty force in the pursuit of justice. A person relatable because of her character defects but admirable for her unrelentable fight for the truth.

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Jenny Cooper, 7th Vale District Coroner

The Jenny Cooper series always keeps me hooked and interested. this is the 4th book in the series and the first one to kind of ... drag a bit.
Sian Thomas is always perfect at narrating, getting the voices perfect for each character. The will forever be the voice of Jenny Cooper to me.
I will continue to read/listen to these books.

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Heavy going, very technical

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

Yes, I bought this book because I love listening to Sian.

Would you recommend The Flight to your friends? Why or why not?

I have enjoyed this series but this one is probably the one I liked least. Way too technical.

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

I love the way she brings the characters to life.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

I liked the other books in the series better

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Danger in the skies and in the software

Would you consider the audio edition of The Flight to be better than the print version?

Having not read the print version I am only guessing but I think the narration was so good that I would choose the audio book over the print version.

What other book might you compare The Flight to and why?

Any of the many books which have a plot based on a group of people facing an impossible situation which they solve in a pretty novel way.

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

She has a lovely voice- the tone and quality of her voice is very easy to listen to. I think if it had been narrated by a male reader the performance would have lost something important.

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

The scenes involving the coroner's involvement with the accident victims and their families were particularly moving.

Any additional comments?

This book has some technical passages regarding airplanes and the software now used for many parts of the flight process. The author did a very good job of writing these passages so they are understandable and entertaining without talking down to the reader.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-21-20

excellent read

wow
very well balanced and exciting story.
well read
really enjoyed and would highly recommend

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  • CM
  • 07-18-20

Excellent

I really enjoyed this book. Some may find the conspiracy a little far fetched but topical none the less. A gripping book which I could not stop listening to. It will make me think and be very aware next time I am on a jumbo jet heading across the Atlantic !

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  • Freckles
  • 10-13-19

Excellent

For once, the pressures the coroner has to rebell against feel real, so this was much better than the previous book.

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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.