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The Last Bush Pilots

Narrated by: Thomas Block
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
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"Mayday, mayday! I'm going down, I'm going do- "

Author, airline captain, and popular blogger (capnaux.com) Eric Auxier brings Alaska bush flying to life in his second novel, The Last Bush Pilots. Exhilarating flying, tall tales, and larger-than-life characters abound in a wild land that truly is America's Last Frontier.

Two young pilots, Daniel "D.C." Alva and Allen David Foley, take on the world's most dangerous flying: the Alaska bush. But Mother Nature - and a sexy Native Alaskan - stand in their way.

Southeast Alaska Seaplanes, Juneau: Retired airline captain Chief Pilot Dusty Tucker pilots a renegade band of flying misfits. Meet legendary bush pilot Jake "Crash" Whitakker, equally adept at landing planes and ladies - and "crashin' 'em" as well; prankster pilot Ralph Olaphsen, who once set an extinct volcano ablaze on April Fool's Day; and no-nonsense Check Airman Holly Innes, trying to cut a respectable niche in the notoriously macho bush pilot world - while escaping a dangerous past.

Amid Alaska's soggy skies, D.C. and Allen face escalating challenges in and out of the cockpit. The two cheechackos, or greenhorns, are roped into Crash and Ralph's harebrained scheme, Operation Dirty Harry. Under the suspicious nose of draconian FAA Inspector Frederick Bruner, the pilots hatch a plot to hijack and rescue a planeload of orphaned bear cubs. Moreover, mischievous Tlingit Indian Tonya Hunter, as wild and unpredictable as the land in which she lives, plays the two lovestruck cheechackos against each other.

But the true villain of the story is Mother Nature herself. Alaska's notoriously fickle weather and rugged terrain take on lives of their own. Can the two cheechackos survive her relentless onslaught and launch their fledgling airline careers?

©2012 Eric Auxier (P)2015 Eric Auxier

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  • Piotr Pawlikowski
  • 27-03-18

Fun book... if you can stand the narrator

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

Anyone, but him...

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The book is great. Nicely written and a great story... but I almost gave up after a few chapters. The narrator is horrid. Why he decided to give some of his characters Bugs Bunny-like voice is beyond me. It would be way more enjoyable of a book if someone else narrated it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-09-17

Along for the Adventure!!!!

Having lived and worked up in Alaska for a few summers it was sooo wonderful getting to relive in my imagination the adventures that I had had in the last frontier. And especially with my love for aviation it was just another cherry on top to listen to this book

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  • Nicolas Jackson
  • 04-02-17

A Layover In Alaska

Would you listen to The Last Bush Pilots again? Why?

Yes. It was an enjoyable but realistic look into bush flying in Alaska that taught you about the profession while giving you an interesting backdrop of characters, landscapes and interesting, if slow, plot. Listening again would be an enjoyable way to pass the time on a long flight.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's a toss up. But, I think "Crash" is my favorite. He is complex and demonstrates a man with some experience still learning his craft.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I thought the performance was so so. The characters voices didn't vary enough which can make it hard to follow at times and you can hear a few edits here and there. But, that is made up for by the narrator's passion and knowledge of aviation.

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

Due to the slow start I stopped and started a lot. But, the last third of the book or so I listened to in one shot.

Any additional comments?

I really would like to hear a squeal

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  • John Councilman
  • 19-10-16

Flying on the edge.

The story reminds us that VFR flying in marginal weather conditions is a "flying by the seat of your pants" experience that you don't forget easily. The author made you feel that you were at the controls, and the excellent narration by Mr. Block completed the reality of it all

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  • darryl ferguson
  • 23-09-19

hit all the right notes

Anyone, pilots especially, would enjoy this. It's many moments of sky hi, ( or scud low )… adventure are relatable, even if bush flying is something you've only dreamt of. Vivid mental imagery, on the flying side but, thankfully... it's not ALL flying. You'll find rich character development... interpersonal, professional and romantic drama... often in conflict with one another. Just the right amount of irony, with, at times hints of humorous cynicism. The book is just enjoyable, entertaining without taking itself too seriously. ( also nicely narrated, but I typically speed things up to about 1.7... so, your mileage may vary ).

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  • Isaac Barley
  • 16-09-19

an excellent choice

as a new pilot building my hours I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I genuinely enjoyed it this book and I listen to it just before accepting a bush flying job up in Alaska. after being in Alaska and flying for a little over a year I listened to the book a second time and enjoyed it even more the second time around. If you're interested in Alaskan aviation this offers an interesting view and is a fun bit of storytelling.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-19

Simple but entertaining story

There's not much debth to the story or the characters. If you're into aviation and just want a good story it'll fit the bill. The author rrally, really want's to make sure you get the points and the punchlines, so he really rubs it in. When you hear "To hell with it", or "She (nature) beat you!" for the twentieth time, it has lost all the punch and point. The two voices of the narrator, the slow and the nasal voice gets boring fast. But it's action-packed, easy enough to follow, and doesn't drag on too long so good for killing time.

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  • NWSEaster
  • 09-12-18

An entertaining piece of mind candy

It’s clear the author spent a summer flying in Alaska’s Southeast. I found it a good read/listen and especially enjoyed hearing and flying along in my own stomping grounds. I think he did a good job capturing the weather challenges of flying part 135 in SE (as well as some of the technical and regulatory hurtles). As a constructive comment I would offer: Although I enjoyed the readers abilities, I could tell he was a reader only and I would have enjoyed it more had he learned the local pronunciations - it was like listening to a tourist through the whole book without having the benefit of being able to correct pronunciation. And finally, and without bravado, a summer of commercial flying in Alaska does not a Bush Pilot make. Real Bush Pilots have long ago shunned off that title in humility before others start to make that attribution to them. The Bush Pilot is a truly amazing individual - it takes a lot of years, maturity, gas, good fortune, and especially experiential judgement to know you are not yet one.