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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,124 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nelson DeMille, Thomas Block Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN: 9781594836732
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Twelve miles above the Pacific Ocean, a missile strikes a jumbo passenger jet. The flight crew is crippled or dead. Now, defying both nature and man, three survivors must achieve the impossible: land the plane. From master storyteller Nelson DeMille and master pilot Thomas Block comes Mayday, the classic bestseller that packs a supersonic shock every minute … the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller ever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Truly horrific…delicious terror…Mayday is a novel for the true connoisseur of disaster novels.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Recipient of the 2011 Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luci Brehm | 2/14/2014

    " Amazing book, different from most of DeMilles book but very hard to put d0wn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Bresnahan | 2/3/2014

    " The book is stated as "one of the greatest air disaster novels of all time". They weren't kidding, as it is tremendous in its drama, horror, suspense, and redemption of the human spirit. A missile is inadvertently shot through a giant passenger airplane in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The utter deveastation is heart wrenching, and almost all either die or are incapicated. Only three people are coherent enough to follow through: a recerational pilot, a flight attendant, and girl adolescent. The maneuver the plane and try to save what is left of themselves and the brain damaged bretheren. It is quite graphic in places, yet necessary. The other half deals with a arrogant Navy commander, and a top adminstrator of the plane corporation who are ruthless to allow this plane to crash and all die. When it comes down to it, it is good vs. evil. For anyone who enjoys top notch suspense, this book is for you! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/2/2014

    " Wasn't my regular type of book, but happened to pick it up on the suggestion of a family member. Once started I couldn't put it down! A real page turner full of twists and turns! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 1/4/2014

    " Not sure you want to fly with this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Buz | 12/28/2013

    " This collaboration between Thomas Block and Nelson DeMille is just plain fun to read. Don't let all the dumb movies you've seen about in-flight situations keep you from reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darren | 12/23/2013

    " Two very different authors coming together and making it work is rare. Though you can tell where one started and the other one picked up it's a good book none the less "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara Post | 12/12/2013

    " I get the feeling that this book was mostly written by Tom Block and not Nelson DeMille. It didn't sound like most of Nelson DeMille's other books. There were no characters here that I could invest in. All were deeply flawed, even the so-called "heros" which made for a very depressing read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Walton | 12/1/2013

    " 3 1/2 stars. Read this when ON a flight, to Europe. Not the best timing, but good book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 11/26/2013

    " Got lucky and found this book at a Half Price Bookstore. I have always enjoyed every Nelson DeMille novel I've read and this one was no different. Timely, swiftly paced, and updated to account for advances in technology (the original was released in 1979), "Mayday" provides complelling and detailed characters as well as necessary (and enjoyable) subplots. Strongly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tulsi | 11/23/2013

    " 2nd read...much better this time...spell-binding "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 10/14/2013

    " This was one of the best books I've read in awhile. It keeps you turning the pages with the suspense of what could happen next. My favorite part about it is that the main character faces extreme adversity the novel's entire length. Just awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 10/13/2013

    " Thriller in the air written by DeMille with Thomas Block. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendar88 | 8/21/2013

    " Exciting the whole way through. Good characters and perhaps a bit too "just-in-the-nick-of-time" to be realisitc, but still makes a great novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah | 8/9/2013

    " The story was an interesting concept and the technical descriptions were spot on, but the dialog was on par to what you would find in a low-end porno and character development was equally as deep. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 8/7/2013

    " Not a book to read on your flight -- a thriller about an airplane being shot down and a small aircraft pilot trying to bring the plane home. Some interesting moral dilemas as well. I like DeMille and the book did not disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terryle | 5/11/2013

    " Well, as an airplane lover I had to like this book. But it was not only because of the aviation topic. It has a great plot, the characters are pretty realistic. And although the end seems to be quite good... is it really? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lugene | 1/22/2013

    " Great airplane thriller. Far better then any "Airplane" movie and much more realistic and scary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/7/2012

    " A great story involving ethical dilemmas where if just one person had made a different decision, the outcome would be different. Well written. Action-packed. EXCELLENT! Would be a good textbook for Ethics 101. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ralph | 11/6/2012

    " One of DeMille's very best thrillers; about an airliner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 10/24/2012

    " Nelson DeMille is great at luring you into an improbable story. This is a book full of suspense and I stayed up all night to finish it. His endings are always a surprise!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 7/29/2012

    " Far fetched. But a good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/27/2012

    " I don't think I am a fair judge of this book. It is not the type of book I enjoy. I read it for the book group. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay Van Slyke | 7/17/2012

    " I loved this book. It's been a long time since I've read a book I couldn't put down, but of course, I am a big fan of Nelson DeMille anyway. To sum up, it's "Airplane" (the movie) meets "The Walking Dead (the TV series). I suppose these types of coverups really happen. Scarey!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie Kerr | 6/15/2012

    " I first read this book and then listened to it on cassettes 8/31/2010 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Belden | 3/12/2012

    " Another easy to read mystery that flowed right along. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loni Cranney | 1/28/2012

    " This book was amazing. It was suspensful, well written, and scary. Even though it was written in 1979, it still fits in with today's time period. It's a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Djclare17gmail.com | 1/16/2012

    " A true, unrelenting thriller. Couldn't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geri | 12/23/2011

    " Wow! I couldn't put it down!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 10/27/2011

    " Do not read before flying....this hijacked passenger flight has the ground crew/ocean military advisors who are not all that interested in having this plane return safely. Of COURSE this could happen.........that's what's so frightening! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendar88 | 3/27/2011

    " Exciting the whole way through. Good characters and perhaps a bit too "just-in-the-nick-of-time" to be realisitc, but still makes a great novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom | 3/12/2011

    " I have never read anything by this author, but was intrigued when my sister told me about this particular book. It was a fun book to read and I may look into reading more of his work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 2/15/2011

    " This is definitely a 'sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat' kinda book. It was a fast read and enjoyable. I do wonder if there's as much CYA in the insurance industry and the military as implied by this book, or if they were just unscrupulous men. I probably won't fly for a while though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 9/19/2010

    " Oh my gosh! I never want to fly again after reading this book. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 9/4/2010

    " there are just too many people out there who value money over life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 8/21/2010

    " I first read this book and then listened to it on cassettes 8/31/2010 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 8/5/2010

    " Wasn't my regular type of book, but happened to pick it up on the suggestion of a family member. Once started I couldn't put it down! A real page turner full of twists and turns! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia | 7/9/2010

    " Good read - especially when you have a brother that's an airline pilot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 5/26/2010

    " Better than most of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 4/19/2010

    " This is an appealing premise and it actually was an interesting story line but the description of the aftermath of a supersonic passenger airplane decompressing at sixty two thousand feet is not pretty. It was well done but not a fun read. I
    actually an a Pollyanna at heart.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 4/19/2010

    " Not sure you want to fly with this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/11/2010

    " Ugh, the descriptions of the effects of high-altitude decompression on the poor passengers of a supersonic airliner are horrific. (Think Night of the Living Dead.) I stuck through with until the end, though, because I wanted to know what happened to the last three "normals" in the plane. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgia | 1/19/2010

    " Fantastic. This story was way ahead of its time!
    I read this just prior to my first trans-Pacific flight. Maybe not such a good idea... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Djclare17gmail.com | 1/6/2010

    " A true, unrelenting thriller. Couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 8/8/2009

    " a silly but entertaining read. It kept my attention but the brain damaged passengers made me feel like I was reading a science fiction novel about zombies. "

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About the Author
Author Nelson DeMille

Nelson Richard DeMille, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, was born in New York City. He was a first lieutenant in the United States Army (1966–69) and saw action as an infantry platoon leader with the First Cavalry Division in Vietnam. His first major novel, By the Rivers of Babylon, is still in print, as are all his succeeding novels. He attended Hofstra University, where he received a degree in political science and history. He is the author of By the Rivers of Babylon, Cathedral, The Talbot Odyssey, Word of Honor, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, The General’s Daughter, Spencerville, Plum Island, The Lion’s Game, Up Country, The Gate House, Night Fall, Wild Fire, and The Lion. He also coauthored Mayday with Thomas Block and has contributed short stories, book reviews, and articles to magazines and newspapers. A member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, and American Mensa, he holds honorary doctorates from Hofstra University, Long Island University, and Dowling College.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.