We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Flight of Passage Audiobook

Flight of Passage

Regular Price:$19.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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.

More from the same

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (227 )
5 star
 (148)
4 star
 (59)
3 star
 (11)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (5)
Overall
4.6 (151 )
5 star
 (108)
4 star
 (31)
3 star
 (8)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (3)
Story
4.4 (151 )
5 star
 (86)
4 star
 (49)
3 star
 (7)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (6)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Scott Clinton, MS, USA 04-08-09
    Scott Clinton, MS, USA 04-08-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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
  •  
    Brian Cook 02-20-07
    Brian Cook 02-20-07 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    222
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    "Great coming of age"

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cynthia L. Neill 11-16-05 Listener Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    2
    Overall
    "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
  •  
    William L Sanders Louisville, KY 03-28-15
    William L Sanders Louisville, KY 03-28-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Alfred 01-18-15
    Alfred 01-18-15 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    17
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good read"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dan 03-05-12
    Dan 03-05-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    101
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Buy it!"
    Any additional comments?

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ken Davy 08-11-17
    Ken Davy 08-11-17 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    28
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Story!"

    Great flying story. A favorite. I'm a pilot that's Lone a piper cub. This is the real deal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jason E Ruggles 07-28-17 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Incredible true story of adventure"

    An incredible true story of a remarkable cross country aviation adventure two brothers complete in a small Cub. This is that rare book I'll read again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Raquel Harvey 07-24-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A pleasure to listen to!"

    Colorfully told by the author, a different type of coming of age story. Nice voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Phillip A. Erickson 04-28-17 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Be ready to bust a gut."

    Ricker Buck is a very gifted writer that has provided a very good account of a trip by two brothers. The interactions between brothers, the coming of age by facing an obvious challenge, and the little incidents that take you down with laughter. If you're looking for a fun book to listen to, that will break up the serious one's you've been listening to, this is the top book on my list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.