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Concorde

By: Mike Bannister
Narrated by: Mike Bannister
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The definitive account of the rise and fall of the world's fastest plane from British Airways' former Chief Concorde Pilot.

October 24th, 2023 will mark 20 years since Concorde disappeared from our skies. Yet still Mike Bannister, the last Concorde Chief Pilot, faces the same questions:

  • Why is she no longer flying?
  • Where is her replacement?
  • And what really happened on that tragic afternoon in July 2000, when the crash of Flight 4590 grounded the Concorde forever?

Concorde is an enthralling personal account of what it takes to fly planes faster than the speed of sound, and of the events that lay behind 114 needless deaths—the 113 victims of the crash and, ultimately, Concorde herself.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Mike Bannister (P)2022 Penguin Audio
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  • 12-05-22

Great story! Well read!

Huge fan of Concorde and this didn’t disappoint. Mike easily explains the technical detail and intracacies of Concorde brilliantly. 5 stars for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-22

Simply excellent.

Too easy to dip in and out with Audible. Not a chance here though. Three sittings, gamma rays from the other end of the sofa and a big smile. Well done Mike!

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  • DJD
  • 12-03-22

Great Listen

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I was fascinated from start to end. Wonderfully performed by Mike Bannister. Will listen again soon

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  • Bomber Command Books
  • 11-30-22

This is your captain speaking....

Quite simply the best explanation of all aspects of the Concorde programme that you could wish for.

Mike Bannister tells not only of his personal involvement as British Airways' pre-eminent Concorde pilot, but also the very detailed history of this iconic aeroplane from design to retirement. He explains, in very clear terms, how the aircraft operated and how it was flown.

The end of the programme is inextricably linked to the tragic loss of an Air France Concorde, this in itself being worthy of study in its own right. Mike's involvement in the investigation was pivotal in establishing the true, very complex, causal chain leading to the disaster.

The icing on the cake is that the book is narrated by Mike Bannister, with clarity and a conviction that speak of his genuine love for the aircraft and the people involved with her.

Having listened to this, probably the best audio book I've found to date, I'm off to order the print copy.

Well done, Capt. Mike Bannister, and thank you.

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  • Thomas
  • 11-13-22

Worth it

One of the best aviation audio books out there. Stunning story for a remarkable aircraft.

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  • Nathan
  • 11-08-22

Stunning.

Just my book. Beautifully written and read allowing you to really picture what it would’ve been like to be a part of one of the biggest stories in the history of aviation.

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  • Ashton
  • 11-06-22

Brilliant

Didn't want it to end! Growing up in Bristol I was always fascinated by Concorde, on the occasions that one would fly into Filton my Mum would drive us up to watch it land. This book brought back fond childhood memories and gave a wonderful insight the the aeroplane I admired.

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  • peter mountford
  • 10-28-22

Marvellous Mike , my best Audible purchase for months.

It was so good I listened to it a second time !!.
The man expresses his wonderful career with a moment of ego !!!. You won’t be disappointed 10/10 !!!….

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  • Slowhand
  • 10-12-22

Of 340 Audible titles, this is my favourite

An interesting, informative, entertaining and well narrated story told with intelligence and passion. Bloody perfect.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-22

Excellent

Fantastic biography that you won’t want to stop listening too. I can truly say having visited BA at Heathrow and getting to go look around the maintenance hanger onboard Concorde during her refit, this is book is the ultimate insight into her and the fascinating career of the author.

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  • 11-12-22

Awesome

Excellent narration of the book, a really good story, not just about Concorde but about Mike’s life which was a really good story and history lesson for the things that happened during Concorde’s life time