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Flight of Passage Audiobook

Flight of Passage

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Publisher's Summary

In the summer of 1966, Rinker and Kernahan Buck - 2 teenaged schoolboys from New Jersey - bought a dilapidated Piper Club airplane for $300, rebuild it, and piloted it on a record-breaking flight across America - navigating all the way to California without a radio because they couldn't afford one. Their trip retraced a mythical route flown by their father, Tom Buck, a brash, colorful ex-barnstormer who had lost a leg in a tragic plane crash before his sons were born - but who so loved the adventure of flight that he taught his boys to fly before they could drive.

The journey west, and the preparations for it, become a figurative and literal process of discovery as the young men battle thunderstorms and wracking turbulence, encounter Arkansas rednecks, Texas cowboys, and the languid, romantic culture of small-town cafés, cheap motels, and dusty landing strips of pre-Vietnam America. The brothers have a lot to resolve among themselves too - as Kern, the shy, meticulous, dedicated dreamer, and Rinker, the rebellious second son, must finally come to understand and depend on each other in the complex way that only brothers can.

Most of all, Flight of Passages is a timeless story of fathers and sons. These 2 young men must separate from their difficult, quirky father - literally by putting a country's distance between them - but they do it on their father's terms: in an airplane. As he looks back, from the perspective of now being a father himself, Rinker Buck's tale of 2 young men in search of themselves and their country becomes a story about the eternal enigma of family - of the distance and closeness of generations, of peace lost so that understanding can be gained - and it is explored with a storytelling power that is both brave and rare.

©1997 Rinker Buck; (P)1997 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing; Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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    Scott Clinton, MS, USA 04-08-09
    Scott Clinton, MS, USA 04-08-09
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    "Great Book"

    I am not a pilot or have any special affinity for flying but this book is a great story. It flows well, is funny, descriptive, and engaging. I highly recommend it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Cook 02-20-07
    Brian Cook 02-20-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Great coming of age"

    great book. I laughed and felt emotional a good listen. good reader

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    Cynthia L. Neill 11-16-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "Not"

    I purchased this audiobook because other listeners rated it highly. A "young" pilot myself (150 hours), I would have enjoyed this entertaining (and well-narrated) story if it were only about the bold adventure itself: two very young boys rebuilding and flying a very small plane coast-to-coast with no radio, few navigational aids and little money. But one needn't be a pilot or even understand lots of "pilot lingo" to be entertained. From his larger-than-life father, to the mother who allowed he and his somewhat nerdy older brother to undertake this journey, to everyone the boys encountered along the way, few people or relationships go unexamined by this insightful author. Well worth the time and money spent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William L Sanders Louisville, KY 03-28-15
    William L Sanders Louisville, KY 03-28-15
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    "One of my favorite stories."

    I originally heard this book read by Dick Estelle on Radio Reader. An outstanding tale of two young boys living a dream and a passion. Wonderful humor through true-to-life relationships between two boys and their father. I very highly recommend this book to anyone.

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    Alfred 01-18-15
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    awesome book. I've always enjoyed reading books about aviation and this one is one of the few inspiring ones. I wish they'd have stick and rudder on audible as well.

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    Dan 03-05-12
    Dan 03-05-12
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    If you have a father, a sibling, or a love of adventure, you will enjoy this book. Narration and story were excellent!

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    Rusty 05-10-16
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    This book I listen to many times over again. Best story on flying from the sixties.

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    Dory Lippert 04-25-16
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    Would you listen to Flight of Passage again? Why?

    I shared this book with my husband who has loved flying since age 7. the Buck family story is very interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Flight of Passage?

    Many moments but we so enjoyed the details of their finding places to land and the adventures of getting to know the airport folks in each landing area.


    What about Rinker Buck’s performance did you like?

    You want to sit down with him as he comes across with so much personality and honesty about his life and his interesting family


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the friendship that developed between very different brothers.


    Any additional comments?

    After FLight of Passage have now read his new book OREGON TRAIL and have read it twice and found some of the YOUTUBE talks he has given.

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    Landon K. Thorne 04-09-16
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    "Loved it"

    To a pilot, every word of this book resonates deeply. I soloed in a Cub without a radio, and still remember the emotions.

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    Grangr5 Virginia Beach, Virginia USA 11-05-15
    Grangr5 Virginia Beach, Virginia USA 11-05-15 Member Since 2012

    Hoosier transplanted in Virginia Beach who is a fan of good books and travel.

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    "Sweet coming of age story"

    Flight of Passage is a story about two brothers and their Dad. It's also a story about the youngest pilots ever to fly cross country back in 1066. Once you get past all the flight jargon, it's the simple, sweet, enjoyable reflections by the youngest brother that make this an enjoyable listen.

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