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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the genre, one of the best.
The honesty, humor and style of the story. I loved the characters and the flying.
A keen sense of character and humor. He really brought the story to life.
The last flight with his father. And, of course, the final confrontation with his father about the ever persistent water bag. Funny and poignant.
A rare, unique and fascinating story.
Story Well Told
Rinker reads it with heart and soul, and I loved it. The story is far more complex than I thought and as it goes along it builds intensity and meaning. The story is incredible and Rinker shows his best writing here. I will not forget the emotion in the story. It spoke to issues I have seldom heard told first hand.
He fills it with first hand emotion, I thought it was very professional and his conversations in the story he reads as if he was there saying it -- because he did say it, and he is able to restate it perfectly.
Not necessarily, it took several 2 hour drives, I probably needed the break. But I was anxious to hear more -- and I told many people I ran into during my breaks in listening about the meaning and message in the book, and they were all interested. More publicity might sell more audio books. .
Many thanks to Rinker for telling this deeply personal story and sharing his brash youth and his brother's sensational flying skills. How much they both matured in just one week is something of a story all by itself. I got my pilots license at 16 as well, and so much of the story was first hand for me. But anyone would enjoy the story.
This was a great story if you can get past Mr. Buck's voice.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves flying
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