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Flight Audiobook

Flight

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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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    Anonymous SAN FRANCISCO, CA, US 05-29-08
    Anonymous SAN FRANCISCO, CA, US 05-29-08 Listener Since 2004
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    "Great Story, Great Narrator."

    Powerful and funny. great read.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 05-31-11
    Matthew 05-31-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Funny, touching, and weird."

    Sherman Alexie's uncompromising view if Native Anericans is always refreshing and is most evident in Flight. He shows the good and the evil of both the native world and the world of whites. Alexie proves again that he is one if our most important cross-cultural writers.

    The story of Zits is equal parts bizarre and tragic. When he enters a bank and starts shooting people, we think his fate is obvious, but the universe has strange intentions for this sarcastic delinquent. Combining a touching coming if age tale with a warped adventure through time and space, Flight is unlike anything you have ever heard before. Adam Beach's narration is the perfect blend of raw youth, emotion, vulgarity, and stoicism.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 08-02-16
    Karen 08-02-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Blown Away!!!!"

    This was assigned summer reading for my son. I picked it up so we could talk about it. Initially, I was put off by the intensity - but this book tackles all of it at once! All the big struggles about race, worth, family, fidelity, friendship, and so much more. It tees up these issues in all their complexity and lets you sit there and uncomfortably ponder. Must read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Juan Araya placetia CA, USA 05-13-15
    Juan Araya placetia CA, USA 05-13-15

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    "Great story"

    This story will keep you hooked tell the very end, I wish I could see more of the characters after story but overall a thrilling and enjoyable read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emilie Sasson 03-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Just amazing!!!"

    Everyone should read this book. I think it would make the world a much better place. Thank you Sherman Alexie

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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!

    1 of 1 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 ..."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 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

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    K. Benson Rancho Cucamonga 02-19-17
    K. Benson Rancho Cucamonga 02-19-17 Member Since 2016

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    "The narrator made this book"
    What did you love best about Flight?

    The time travel was fun. It didn't need an explanation, which is great because the author doesn't give one! It was a good ride with the experience of different sides of the struggle between nationalities.


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

    Zits was a great character, but the narrator brought him to life. He had laughter in his voice sometimes and sadness other times. I felt like I wanted to hug the kid!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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