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Would you consider the audio edition of Final Approach to be better than the print version?
I actually read the first half, and then listened to the second half because the audio version was released. I'm a huge fan of audiobooks and that is my preferred method to consume stories.
What other book might you compare Final Approach to and why?
There is another book about the the same flight incident written by another crew member. Capt Prouse does't name names when referring to that other pilot, which makes this this version of events seem more objective.
What about Thomas Block’s performance did you like?
I'm already a fan of Thomas Block's audio performances. This is another fine production.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
This is a story of a man who served our country fighting in Vietnam, commanded a commercial airliner, and then lost his battle with alcoholism before he even realized he was fighting it. Worse than the prison, he was publicly ridiculed even to the extent of becoming Jay Leno's regular punchline. Never did Captain Prouse blame others for his actions. He absorbed all his punishment with acceptance and started his life over from scratch--nearly penniless, a felony conviction on his record, prison time served, and his pilot career erased. This is the story of how he found a way to live with alcoholism (beating it everyday), and actually earn all of his pilot licenses back on-by-one. Against expectations, he eventually returned to airline flying, paving the way for other pilots to beat their struggles with alcohol addiction.
Any additional comments?
It's tough to imagine the public humiliation Capt Prouse endured, and still he found the will to overcome his greatest mistake and find redemption in the wary public's eyes. Even the judge who convicted him, and eventually the President of the United States, welcomed him back as a productive member of society, and also as an inspiration. This is a worthy read.
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Would you listen to Final Approach again? Why?
YES. I CAN IDENTIFY WITH LYLE PROUSE AS I WAS THE SAME AGE, SAME NAVAL MARINE FLIGHT TRAINING, JUST DIFFERENT AIRLINES AND HAVE FLOWN WITH AN ALCOHOLIC AT ONE TIME IN MY CAREER.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Final Approach?
CAPT PROUSE REALIZING THAT HE REALLY HAD A PROBLEM AND TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT. THEN RISING TO THE OCCASION AND ADJUSTING HIS WHOLE ATTITUDE AND LIFE TO COME OUT OF THE QUAGMIRE ONE STEP AT A TIME UNDER ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE ODDS..
Have you listened to any of Thomas Block’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
YES, I HAVE LISTENED TO TWO OTHER BOOKS THAT MR/ BLOCK HAS NARRATED AND EACH ONE GETS BETTER.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
IT WAS, BUT I JUST CAN'T SIT THAT LONG, SO I LISTEN IN INCREMENTS.
Any additional comments?
I APPLAUD CAPT PROUSE FOR HIS COMPLETE DEDICATION AND FORTITUDE IN THE RECOVERY OF HIS LIFE AND I KNOW HE REALIZES WHAT A GREAT SUPPORT GROUP HE HAD, LED BY HIS WONDERFUL WIFE WHO STUCK BY HIM EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.
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