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    Topgun Days: Dogfighting, Cheating Death, and Hollywood Glory as One of America's Best Fighter Jocks is a focused description of one man’s exhaustive climb to the pinnacle of his career as fighter pilot. This autobiography by Dave Baranek will prove enjoyable to those generally interested in military life as well as those who wish to live vicariously through an expert fighter pilot. Baranek explains the patience and discipline required to ascend the fighter pilot career ladder. He segues into his life as role model for Hollywood’s glamorized version of topguns. Assigned to create action footage for the Tom Cruise vehicle Top Gun, Baranek himself briefly becomes a pop phenomenon. Baranek’s pride and sincerity can be heard in narrator Jeremy Arthur’s entertaining recital.

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    Dave Baranek (callsign "Bio") was one of 451 young men to receive his Wings of Gold in 1980 as a naval flight officer. Four years later, seasoned by intense training and deployments in the tense confrontations of the Cold War, he became the only one of that initial group to rise to become an instructor at the navy's elite Fighter Weapons School. As a Topgun instructor, Bio was responsible for teaching the navy's and Marine Corps' best fighter pilots how to be even better. He schooled them in the classroom and then went head-to-head with them in the skies.

    Then, in August 1985, Bio was assigned to combine his day-to-day flight duties with participation in a Pentagon-blessed project to film action footage for a major Hollywood movie focusing on the lives, loves, heartbreaks, and triumphs of young fighter pilots: Top Gun. Bio soon found himself riding in limousines to attend gala premieres, and being singled out by giggling teenagers and awed schoolboys who recognized the name "Topgun" on his T-shirts. The audiobook ends with his reflections on his career as a skilled naval aviator and his enduring love of flight.

    ©2010 David Baranek (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    • Randy
    • 19/02/2013

    Top Gun or Topgun

    I admit it, I’ve watch Top Gun the movie over and over. I love it. So when I had to a chance to read how it was put together I jumped at it. I had no reviews to help me (I really depend on reviews) so I felt a need to write a this review.

    Bio (his call sign and it is in the credits I checked) our author tells us about how he learned to be a REO. A reo is the weapons officer in the back seat. Bio tells us about having to eject on a failed landing attempt. Bio relates how they study and study and study to fly those jets with such safety and menace.

    Top Gun the school according to Bio didn’t have a trophy given to the winner of the class. Tony Scott took some liberties with that one.

    I think the preparation for the flights, the preparation for the teaching of the classes our author lets us know that being in a fighter jet is for in shape young men and women that are well trained and dedicated.

    When I listen to a book some go by real fast, and that usually means to me it was riveting. This book flew supersonic by me and of course, I did stream the movie this weekend to check the credits and see exactly what Bio was talking about.

    If you liked the movie this book is for you.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 12/04/2021

    A compelling look at Topgun.

    Loved it. Well worth the time invested. The author speaks from experience and training as he describes his journey from an F-14 Tomcat RIO in the Fleet to his time as a Topgun student expanding skills. Later he becomes one of the elite Topgun instructors as he shares what it's like to be among the elite of Topgun.

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    • T. V. Mackey
    • 17/03/2021

    Excellent inside look

    This was on my wish list when I noticed Audible was promoting the story. It was particularly interesting to me as an aviation enthusiast. The author is a former student and instructor who gives the reader a good inside look at the program. For we civilian pilots and enthusiasts, it's probably pretty good high level look at the program. The narrative is not very technical, so even if the reader is drawn because of being a fan of the movie, it will still give a behind the scenes insight.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 16/03/2021

    Fantastic

    I wasn't sure about the book when I bought it but it couldn't hurt to give a fair shot. I found that this is a fantastic book that doesn't just take you into what it was like to work on the movie but it takes you into what it's like to go to and instruct at Top Gun.

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    • Robert W. Lewis Jr.
    • 10/01/2021

    Great book that gives a ground level view of...

    What it’s like during the Top Gun days as well as specifics from inside the cockpit that you’ve likely never learned anywhere else.

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    • Dan A.
    • 31/12/2020

    a good story

    An excellent story I found very interesting I think the narrator could a little bit better but overall very entertaining

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    • Earl
    • 07/07/2020

    Great book’

    Anyone who loves aviation will surely enjoy this book. Bio has great stories and they are told masterfully.

    Godspeed

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    • Nickolas Williamson
    • 01/07/2020

    Great listen

    My only issues was the narrators lack of understanding of military jargon. He says "oceana" wrong the entire book, and just has a general lack of knowledge as to what some of the provided acronyms mean, which definitly broke the continuity of the story for me on more than a few occasions. Still a great story.

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    • zebra20
    • 05/04/2019

    Its alright.

    an average book, nothing exciting here that you probable didn't know already and if you didn't know it's not that all interesting

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    • Paul
    • 01/06/2016

    a pretty good and accurate, balanced storytelling

    it was a very good book, pretty accurate, and fun. It brought back good memories, most of them accurate. I wish the narrator knew how to properly pronounce "Oceana", because that was quite an irritant, considering everybody in Virginia and in the Navy knows how to pronounce it properly LOL... aside from that glaring error, the narrator did a very suitable job, and the material was very, very good, definitely worth listening to!

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    • Christian
    • 18/05/2014

    perfekte Ergänzung zum Buch

    Als großer Fan des Filmes, den ich gefühlt mehr als 100 Mal angeschaut habe, erwarb ich im vergangenen Jahr das Buch TOPGUN DAYS. Die spannenden Schilderungen des Autors Dave “ Bio“ Baranek, welcher selbst TOPGUN- Ausbilders war, sowie die vielen, vom Autor selbst, teilweise direkt aus dem Cockpit fotografierten Bilder ließen das Buch schnell zu einem meiner Lieblingsbücher werden. So war es nur naheliegend, auch das Hörbuch zu erwerben. Die knappen 8 Stunden sind ein Genuss für die Ohren. Trotz der englischen Sprache ist es auch mit erweiterten Grundkenntnissen der englischen Sprache möglich, dem Sprecher (Jeremy Arthur) zu folgen. Das Hörbuch ist die perfekte Ergänzung zum Buch. Ohne zu viel verraten zu wollen, wird der Hörer spannende und interessante Schilderungen, wie zum Beispiel ein gerissenes Fangseil während einer Trägerlandung und daraus resultierender Notausstieg via Schleudersitz, sowie Hintergründe zum Dreh des Filmes TOP GUN, bei welchem der Autor mitwirkte, erfahren. All jenen, die das Buch lasen oder das Hörbuch hörten, empfehle ich, den Film TOP GUN erneut zu schauen. Sie werden den Film garantiert mit anderen Augen sehen.