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Flight | [Sherman Alexie]

Flight

Flight is the hilarious and tragic story of an orphaned Indian boy - "Zits" - who travels back and forth through time in a charged search for his true identity. With powerful, swift prose, Flight follows the troubled teenager as he learns that violence is not the answer.
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Publisher's Summary

Flight is the hilarious and tragic story of an orphaned Indian boy - "Zits" - who travels back and forth through time in a charged search for his true identity. With powerful, swift prose, Flight follows the troubled teenager as he learns that violence is not the answer.

The journey begins as he's about to commit a massive act of violence. At the moment of decision, he finds himself shot back through time to awaken in the body of an FBI agent during the civil-rights era. It's only the first stop. He continues through time to inhabit the body of an Indian child during the battle at Little Bighorn and then rides with an 1800s Indian tracker before materializing as an airline pilot jetting through the skies today.

During these furious travels, his refrain is: "Who's to judge?" and "I don't understand humans." When he returns to his own life, he is transformed by all he's seen.

©2007 Sherman Alexie; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Captivating...one quickly surrenders to Zits' voice, which elegantly mixes free-floating young adult cynicism with a charged, idiosyncratic view of American history. Alexie plunges the book into bracing depths." (Publishers Weekly)

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    E. B. 08-23-14
    E. B. 08-23-14
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    "Wow"
    Where does Flight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in my top 3 audiobooks for sure! It was fantastic!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was excellent! The characters are so vivid and real, it really puts you in the shoes of the main character. This book has a wonderful flow. I literally couldn't stop listening. What an amazing story, with twist and plot changes this one keeps you on your toes from beginning to end. It was fabulous! I would recommend this book to anyone! Bravo!

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    Laura AMARILLO, TX, United States 02-20-13
    Laura AMARILLO, TX, United States 02-20-13
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    "Timetravel...spirit swapping... :( ..."
    Would you listen to Flight again? Why?

    I'm not a big fan of time travel scenarios in story because I'm a realist, but I suppose Sherman used the device in Flight in order to get "Zits" to learn from others' points of view. It was a fairly enjoyable read but I was hoping for a more realistic storyline.


    What three words best describe Adam Beach’s voice?

    Slurry. Odd. Ethnic.


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    Trish Victoria, BC, Canada 06-25-12
    Trish Victoria, BC, Canada 06-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Insightful story performed by a great storyteller"
    What did you love best about Flight?

    Sherman Alexie has crafted an entertaining and insightful story that takes readers into the history and current conditions of Indigenous peoples in North America. Told through the experience of young man as he travels through time in search of his identity, Flight had me engaged from beginning to end.


    What does Adam Beach bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Adam Beach is a great actor. His performance of Flight brings this story to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon 01-25-12
    Shannon 01-25-12 Member Since 2013

    I love listening and usually get in at least three hours a day. I like fiction, biographies and medical non-fiction.

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    "Annoying narrator"

    The story for this was ok, but the narrator was very annoying. He had a laconic voice which could have passed for an alienated teen. He lost me when he mispronounced "cavalry" as "Calvary" literally hundreds of times in one passage. The story was intense and somewhat mystical, with a heart-warming (if unlikely) ending. The narrator ruined it for me, and I will avoid him in the future.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Hopson richmond, va usa 04-24-14
    Ken Hopson richmond, va usa 04-24-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Mediocre time travel story ..."
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    I'm a sucker for time travel stories, and this one is just ok. Time travel appears to be no more than a vehicle for the author to weave a story with moral relevance. It does have entertainment value, historic references and is rather craftily written.

    However, what really disappointed me was the reading. Within a minute, I felt like I was listening to a stoner, or rather someone who was trying to speak like a stoner. The protagonist was not a stoner, and I actually found the delivery distracting. Other than that, he was articulate and clear, successfully assuming additional voices for other characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    autumn FEDERAL WAY, WA, United States 06-25-12
    autumn FEDERAL WAY, WA, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not Suitable for Emotional Students"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I am all about brutal honestly but when I have to teach this book to a group of 13 year olds for a Summer program this book is a little rough. As I had recently gone through a traumatic personal event I found listening to this book to be very difficult at times. And when I think of the students and their reactions I think the same thing. I would bring more hope at the end of the novel.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure but something uplifting or funny.


    Which character – as performed by Adam Beach – was your favorite?

    Zits


    Did Flight inspire you to do anything?

    No not particularly except questions why the Public Schools teach it.


    Any additional comments?

    nope

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather San Rafael, CA, USA 06-23-08
    Heather San Rafael, CA, USA 06-23-08 Member Since 2007
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    "meh."

    This was a decent listen, but nothing stellar. Having recently listened to Life of Pi (and having not read the description of Flight very closely), I was expecting Indian from India, but the protagonist is Native American - a fact that matters both too much and too little to the story.

    Zits is an intriguing and complex character, but I found it hard to suspend my disbelief on a number of levels. First, despite his Indian dad disappearing at his birth and being raised by an Irish-American mother and then the foster system, he somehow has a deep connection to the Indian side of his heritage. Then, despite having no reason to trust anyone he trusts someone completely in the space of about 12 hours. And then he starts traveling through time, which leads to some great stories, but he knows an awful lot about history for any kid, never mind one who was out of school as much as in it.

    In this book, the far-fetched part is not the time travel, it's the character of the protagonist. If you can get past that, it's an interesting coming-of-age story about Indian history, foster care, responsibility, and the thin lines between right and wrong and good and evil.

    4 of 18 people found this review helpful
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