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 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 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.
Love Piper Cubs? Love those "Geezer" stories? This is perfect for you.
Haven't found one quite like it
Yes, but we listened to it during long drive
My husband and I both enjoyed every moment of this book. I grew up hopping around small airports with my parents, both pilots. The Piper is the true American classic airplane. The narration made this book even better. Listening to Rinker talk his way out of a particularly difficult situation with his father and also with some feds was hilarious.
Great story, even better that the "boys" really made this trip. This is a tribute to all the airport "geezers", the ones who always went out of their way to make flying fun and most of all, safe, you are a breed of men and women that are part of the fabric of US aviation. Thanks, Rinker, documenting your journey with such perfection.
I loved the story, reminded me of my two boys and my relationship with them
If you have a father, a sibling, or a love of adventure, you will enjoy this book. Narration and story were excellent!
This is a nice story, especially if you know anything about flying, but several of the ideas run on a bit too long. This is probably better in the abridged form.
Great entertaining story, my wife and I both loved it...and we nothing about flying! Its more than a story about 2 boys flying, and very entertaining as well.
I re-listen to this audio all the time- I love how light it is- yet at the same time - constantly revives my adventurous spirit. To me- this was the golden age of aviation- when you could fly coast to coast for a mere $300... I long for those days--
This innocent, well paced story has just the right balance of entertainment, adventure, personal development, and nostalgia.
Perfect light reading/listening for my daily jog.
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