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The affair was weird when seen from afar, but seen in close-up, it was Kafkaesque: it was not possible in 2014 for a Boeing 777 to have simply disappeared....

A remarkable piece of investigative journalism into one of the most pervasive and troubling mysteries of recent memory.

01:20 am, 8th March 2014. 

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, carrying 239 passengers, disappeared into the night, never to be seen or heard from again.

The incident was inexplicable. In a world defined by advanced technology and interconnectedness, how could an entire aircraft become untraceable? Had the flight been subject to a perfect hijack? Perhaps the pilots lost control? And if the plane did crash, where was the wreckage?

Writing for Le Monde in the days and months after the plane’s disappearance, journalist Florence de Changy closely documented the chaotic international investigation that followed, uncovering more questions than answers. Riddled with inconsistencies, contradictions and a lack of basic communication between authorities, the mystery surrounding flight MH370 only deepened.

Now, de Changy offers her own explanation. Drawing together countless eyewitness testimonies, press releases, independent investigative reports and expert opinion, The Disappearing Act offers an eloquent and deeply unnerving narrative of what happened to the missing aircraft.

An incredible feat of investigative journalism and a testament to de Changy’s tenacity and resolve, this audiobook is an exhaustive, gripping account into one of the most profound mysteries of the 21st century.

©2021 Florence de Changy (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Totally brilliant, if unnerving, The Disappearing Act, must be read by anyone wishing to understand one of the greatest mystery of the 21st century." (Edward Jay Epstein, New York Times best-selling author and investigative journalist) 

"With ruthless forensic skill, Florence de Changy has dismantled and discredited the official versions of what happened to the ill-fated flight MH370." (Victor Mallet, Financial Times Paris bureau chief)

"People often say that non-fiction books read like fast-moving thrillers, but this one genuinely does.... This is a splendid book – and highly recommended." (Daily Mail)

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Stinks Like Fishy Flaperons!

What a load of ill and partitially informed speculation. I'm asking for my credit back.

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Great stuff.

Fantastic, all the way to the end.
Headline should read, now that's what I call research.
I heard the author on a podcast, couldn't believe it was on audible.

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Fantastic listen, detective work at it's best!

The true heroes of our time. Investigative journalists and whistleblowers. Without them we would be bound to the "official" source which proves every day and in any circumstance that it is more misleading then informative.

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Speculative garbage

The French author obviously put the work in, but having done so seems to have cursorily discarded everything 'official' and sneers at anything 'Anglo', without providing much in the way of alternatives beyond far-fetched, agenda-driven conspiracy theories based on more-or-less nothing. The narration is generally competently performed but only reinforces the overall condescending tone. This book will likely be overtaken by events as actual, less sensationalist evidence becomes public, and the author will end up with oeuf all over her face.

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Interesting But Flawed.

A well researched but subtly anti-Chinese narrative. The author mentions nothing about the US-backed neo-Nazi 'Maidan' regime illegally operating in Western Ukraine - or that the racist 'organ harvesting' disinformation that she parrots is a lie confirmed by the investigating  Vatican's Ethnics Committee as a myth perpetuated by the US-backed Falun Gong Cult! She also fails to point out that the riots in Hong Kong were backed by the US, etc. As the author is French, she does strive to keep her natural anti-Chinese racism in Check. What she chooses to omit, however, is both astonishing and convenient! 

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A disappointment

I write this review with a heavy heart. What started out as a forensic look through the events surrounding the disappearance of MH370, including government incompetence and media misinformation or inaccuracies quickly descended into fantasy.

SPOILERS:

For the author to debunk often rightly so some of the official narrative as the evidence was weak at best was correct. To call out inaccurate news headlines was very important. A memorable quote from the book was that where we are faced with 2 possible scenarios, the one that relies on the fewest assumptions is usually the correct one. Fair enough, I’m with you on that....

The book then descends into indulging the author’s imagination of what possibly could have happened including spy technology from Afghanistan, stealth planes from a superpower, laser weapons, and a huge coverup involving several world superpowers and probably hundreds if not thousands of people to destroy/hide all the debris, erase satellite data etc. What evidence is there for such a scenario I hear you ask? Well, apparently, mostly anonymous sources quoted in newspapers and some people who messaged the author online. Not one significant named witness with first hand knowledge of these events is listed by the author to corroborate this fantasy up to the point where i switched it off 90 minutes before the end.

A huge let down. I’m not saying for a second that everything in the official narrative is correct, but surely you can’t criticise a narrative for not having supporting evidence and then just create your own story with what appears to be even less.

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Excellent piece of investigative journalism

I think nearly everyone has been fascinated by the fate of MH370. I know that I have researched and read most theories since its disappearance 2014. Here Florence de Changy has assembled most of them, alongside her own extremely thorough research. I believe she has hit on the correct solution. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book.

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Great book

Very interesting well worth a read lots of cover ups and questions really makes you think what really went on

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Engrossing story

Although fascinated by the author’s incredibly detailed detective work and a very strange but true story, I found the writers obsession with serial numbers, quoted extensively, detracted from the narrative. A real life detective story, despite being over detailed, worth listening. Not on a flight though.

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Very interesting, possibly too many figures?

I have always been fascinated by MH370 and after hearing good reviews about this book, I downloaded it.

it's very good, beautifully read by the narrator. The hard work that's gone into her research is very evident. it's a long listen, and gets quite heavy at times. My only negative is how often numbers and figures are used, such as serial numbers and coordinates. I understand they are mentioned as proof, but especially during the middle chapters your mind will be spinning!

A good book, I enjoyed listening to it. This is a life times work and it shows. Incredibly in depth and detailed.

Still left wondering exactly why though...

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  • Navillus82
  • 27-03-21

Random Facts in Need of a Coherent Thesis

I wanted to like this book; I really did. However, it is such a mess that it is impossible to like. Ms. De Changy does not develop a coherent narrative and large parts of her argument are internally inconsistent. For example, the author spends a significant amount of time detailing the incompetence and corruption of the Malaysian government. However, when it suits the author's desired narrative the Malaysian government suddenly becomes incredibly sophisticated and capable of organizing an international conspiracy and coverup. Which one is it? Additionally, a number of Ms. De Changy's arguments simply do not hold up. For example, at one point, Ms. De Changy spends significant time detailing the serial numbers used by Boeing down to the serial numbers on bolts used by the manufacturer. However, after going through all this excruciating detail about Boeing, inexplicably the author uses information about Boeing's serial numbers to try and make a point about the Rolls-Royce engines on the plane. Either Ms. De Changy fails to grasp that the engines made by Rolls-Royce are manufactured by Rolls-Royce and mated to the Boeing airframe, which calls into question the level of expertise of the author, or Ms. De Changy was knowingly making a misleading argument. However, the most frustrating part of this book is the author's obliviousness to the fact she frequently engages in the same shoddy investigatory work she claims to be so frustrated by in the book. For example, in attacking the official narrative that certain debris found after the crash came from MH370, Ms. De Changy's argument boils down to well other planes have crashed in that part of the ocean so maybe such debris came from one of those planes. The obvious flaw in this argument is that large planes like MH370 are not commonly misplaced by their owners. As such, it should be fairly easy to determine if another Boeing 777-200ER had crashed in the Indian Ocean, but Ms. De Changy does not point to the crash of another Boeing 777; instead she points to crashes of other jets in the region (which is another example of Ms. De Changy's inconsistent narrative which relies on the fact that virtually every part of a jet has a unique serial number to that jet and to its model when it furthers her narrative but disregarding this fact when it helps her narrative). Further, this specific argument is made even more ridiculous by the fact that Ms. De Changy had moments before argued that the absence of barnacles on the debris made it impossible it could be from MH370 due to the time elapsed between its discovery and the crash. If as Ms. De Changy argues that it is virtually impossible for debris exposed to the ocean for as long as the MH370 debris would have been at the time of its discovery not to have barnacles and other indicia of exposure to the ocean, it is a complete non-sequitur to argue that debris that was in the water for an even longer time would not have barnacles and other indicia of exposure to the ocean. How this work got through the editing process with so many issues is beyond me. If you are interested in MH370, you will probably find some of the information in this book interesting; otherwise, I would recommend looking for another book.

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  • D. M. Copeland-Smith
  • 22-05-21

Very eye opening

This book is so well researched and just proves that once again, we are being lied to

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  • james hamm
  • 27-04-21

The best book on mh370 out of the 7 I have read

This book by far has more facts . goes in to multiple realistic theories on what could have happened.