Eric... Very nice work compiling that. It was a good listen, and yes I listened to it all the way through!
Please don't take this as a criticism, but just a double check for curiosity... I load the clip with a total track time of 17:39, but within that, I hear two repeated sections:
Section from 2:00-2:24 is repeated from 2:25 to 2:49 (initial call that they were returning)
Section from 11:48-12:03 is repeated from 12:04-12:19 (right to 010 and request for 28R)
Do you hear that, too, or did I just get a corrupted download somehow?
Also my favorite moment: whoever was working the radio in the cockpit was very cool and clear and professional, but when ATC said that the copmany dispatch wanted to know what the failure was, he just, almost let go for a moment.... "Uh look uh... "...and tell dispatch that we're not in a position to pass that sort of information to them at this stage."
Is my translation from remarkably polite Aussie to English correct? Did I catch the undertone here: "Tell dispatch to PISS OFF 'til we're done flying the airplane!"