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Fear of Flying Audiobook

Fear of Flying

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Publisher's Summary

Originally published in 1973, the groundbreaking, uninhibited story of Isadora Wing and her desire to fly free caused a national sensation. In The New York Times, Henry Miller compared it to his own classic, Tropic of Cancer and predicted that "this book will make literary history..." It has sold more than 12-million copies. Now, after 30 years, the revolutionary novel known as Fear of Flying still stands as a timeless tale of self-discovery, liberation, and womanhood.

©1973, 2001 Erica Mann Jong; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Extraordinary....At once wildly funny and very wise." (Los Angeles Times)
"An amazing tour de force." (Cosmopolitan)

What Members Say

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    Carol Kirkwood, CA, United States 01-11-13
    Carol Kirkwood, CA, United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2017

    us about yourself! I'm a retired English teacher and ardent reader(more because of physical disability than from job).

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    "STUCK ON THE COUCH"
    What disappointed you about Fear of Flying?

    The main character never stopped self analysis. At some point the reader wants development!!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A book loaded with plot.and perhaps some humor.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The voice tried to clearly present her thoughts, butb I just quit caring.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boths adness ans disappointment. I remember this book as pivotal the woman's lib movement. Why?


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely the most depressing book I've ever listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    beth CHATTANOOGA, TN, United States 08-28-12
    beth CHATTANOOGA, TN, United States 08-28-12
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    "Freedom, sweet freedom"

    I had wanted to read Fear of Flying for years - just knowing it was a woman's story of liberation. It was mostly what I imagined it might be. The narration was good, solid. The story was good and loaded the ending nicely. I appreciate the historical significance of this book in it's time and enjoyed the brief interview with the author at the end. I am a big fan of Henry Miller and must say, though it is lovely to have this liberation story from a woman, Erica Jong does not reach the soaring heights (nor for that matter depths) that Miller does in his inspired works of liberation.

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    Andrew Fippinger 07-06-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Great reader, dated book"

    Hope Davis does a wonderful job reading this book. Unfortunately, it is better read as a look into a bygone era than as a timeless classic that still resonates today.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Missy Slim 01-17-08
    Missy Slim 01-17-08

    Missy Slim

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    "Great for Girls Only"

    I'd heard about this book for so many years and I was always curious. It's VERY entertaining, but because of the the sexually graphic language I listened to it secretly! It also made me realize that not much has changed when it comes to the spoils of sexuality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BillieJo Raleigh, NC, United States 11-30-07
    BillieJo Raleigh, NC, United States 11-30-07
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    "Wasted my credit"

    John, I wish I'd read your review before I wasted a credit on this book. You're a better (or stronger willed) person than I am if you listened to the end.

    There may be people out that that can relate to Isadora Wing, but I am definitely not one of them.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Consuela Hawaii 04-17-15
    Consuela Hawaii 04-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Exceptional"

    One of the most influential books of my life as a woman and a writer. Read it as a young bride and, decades later, as a widow. It's still making an impact.

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  • Jo Inglewood
    10/3/11
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    "Very amusing!"

    This made me laugh out loud at lots of points. I did have to turn down the volume when playing the book through my speakers with the kitchen door wide open....there's a fair bit of use of the c word which would probably offend the neighbours!
    I'm glad I've finally 'read' the book after it was constantly referred to in (my Mum's) copies of Cosmopolitan in the '80s!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Joanna
    10/22/15
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    "Fantastic book!"

    Great story, so valid despite being written nearly 50 years ago. Recommended for everyone. Interesting insight into feminist literature and female issues.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
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    6/23/16
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    "Timeless classic? not for me"

    Finally got round to this book and I can imagine it was a bit of a shock at the time. We are used to sex in books now though and I found Isadoras rather aimless voyage of self discovery merely tiresome. Life may not have a plot but novels really ought to.
    Excellent narration and production.

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  • Christine
    2/26/16
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    "Wonderful fem-litt"

    Full of quality, humour and the spirit of the 70s - I definitely recommend it to all the young women out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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