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The Last Airship Audiobook

The Last Airship: Sam Reilly, Volume 1

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Publisher's Summary

In 1939 a secret airship departed Nazi Germany in the dark of night filled with some of the most influential people of its time. Its cargo: a complement of rich Jewish families carrying their most valuable possessions. One such item amongst them was as dangerous as it was priceless. The airship never reached its destination. In 2015 Sam Reilly, a marine biologist and wealthy son of shipping mogul James Reilly discovers a missing clue about the lost airship and what follows is a violent treasure hunt, kept secret by the most powerful men in the world today, driven by their greed and need for that which all are motivated: the opportunity for unlimited power.

©2015 Christopher Cartwright (P)2017 Christopher Cartwright

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    Norma Miles 10/09/2017
    Norma Miles 10/09/2017
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    "Do you want to have an adventure?"
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    Well written and narrated, The Last Airship is a fast moving adventure story of wealth and power, greed and blackmail, betrayal and friendship, courage and frailty, sabotage and family and the sea. In the early days of World War II, a state of the art luxury airship, the Magdalene, hurriedly lifted off from Munich, Germany, with a skeleton crew, it's passengers two very wealthy families and an academic professor, friend of the owner. It was never seen again. 75 years later the hunt is on after a small gold ingot, stamped with one of the families' crests, is discovered by two climbers in the Alps. But far more than gold is being sought by the pursuers. One of these is Sam Reilly, caught up in a life and death struggle he had never anticipated.

    Parts of the book are dramatically atmospheric, all is exciting. Michael Stene narrates clearly and well, in a suitably fast pace, giving an almost newsreel effect to the commentary. The voicings of each protagonist is identifiably distinctive and the whole gives extra excitement to the reading. Occasionally, however, events occuring in different places are run together without break, which can be momentarily confusing: a brief pause between such scenes would have been advantageous. There are also a number of editorial glitches where repeated phrases have not been removed, but these are few and do not interfere with the enjoyment.

    As has been noted by other reviewers, the story was surprising as it is set, not in wartime but in the present day ( apart from the introductory chapter) and requires the reader to step into a world of high powered millionaire wealthies, all, apparently, afflicted with a sense of personal superiority and entitlement as well as the luxuries which attend their money. Need to suspend disbelief? Probably, big time. But the story does sweep the reader along with it, rarely pausing sufficiently long to let in trickles of doubt. My thanks to the rights holder who gifted me a complementary copy of The Last Airship, via Audiobook Boom. A fast and fun listen which should appeal to the readers of books which favour the glitzy James Bond type of plots and society.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    This is an interesting story that wasn't what I expected when I started to listen to it. I thought it was going to be about the people who were on the airship that were fleeing Germany in 1939. It actually takes place in current times with just one scene at the beginning in 1939. The story is well written with a good plot and quite plausible. I did not like how the Jews were stereotyped that upset me, it was not necessary. Apart from that the recording is good. The presenter did an excellent job and I commend him for his performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Matthew
    SEATTLE, WA, United States
    15/09/17
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    "A challenging experience"
    What disappointed you about The Last Airship?

    The concept certainly is appealing but the performance and poor quality of the editing and production were disruptive and rendered a poor listener experience.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have several books in my queue.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Stene’s performance?

    Nothing. This was flat, poorly produced and had notable editing flaws.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed that the final product was put out in such a poor state.


    Any additional comments?

    This offering ( which was provided to me free of charge by the author in exchange for this unbiased review ) is a very low-quality production. Background noise, jumping, duplicate entries, poor editing, all contributed to a frankly unpleasant listening experience. Additionally, the performer was flat and uninteresting. All in all, for my tastes, this should be redone, as the idea is fascinating. Not recommended in its current state.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    10/10/17
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    "Outdoor action with a bit of mystery"

    Life sort of got in the way of me finishing this one, but when I did it was a really enjoyable listen. There is a lot of outdoor adventure activities that just draw you in and make you love the action hero more and more. I felt as these activities were described very well and truthfully although I have never done them so it could have all been made up. The history and fact/ fiction, as I like to call them was really interesting and easy to follow. The landscapes of these exotic places coupled with the mystery surrounding the airship really made an enjoyable listen. The character had to overcome a lot, as many heroes do but somethings came easy and others were a tad more difficult. I just felt like it was missing that spark that would make it a little better. There was a lot going for this book but it just needed some more mystery or even a unreal plot twist to make it a 5 star. The narration was done admirably and kept my attention. I would have liked a little more distinction to each character’s voice but could tell them apart easily enough. This was a good start to a mystery/ thriller series. I will continue on with book 2 in audio format. I was provided this audiobook in exchange for an honest review via Audiobook Boom, this in no way affected my opinion of this work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rayc
    19/09/17
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    "A Good read / listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Airship to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book only listened.
    So I can only recommend the audio book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The layers of detail.
    The narration.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favourite scene was the description of the mounain climbing , so real and correct in the detail.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes,it was a book that I wanted to listen all in one sitting, a real "page turner"


    Any additional comments?

    I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    13/09/17
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    "Mixed Review"

    The story plot was interesting, the narrator and the production crew need some help.


    "This book was provided at no cost for a fair and unbiased review."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John T Hoganson
    13/09/17
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    "Interesting story - great performance"

    The reader was great, and the story interesting. Some things in the story were unrealistic, two of the main characters are ex-military and seem to know almost how to do everything from flying helicopters to deep water diving...but it's fiction right? If your into treasure hunts, mysteries and super rich "playboys" this is a book for you. If your tired of the same old same old...then take a listen. I think you'll like it. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mandy
    03/09/17
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    "unique and interesting!"

    This was like taking an adventure! I really enjoyed this story - it was unique and well thought out. I was hooked from the begging. Narration was really good!



    **I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review**

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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