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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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All the feels possible

I cracked up laughing at work listening to this book, I cried right after, I felt joy, happiness, sad, confused. I loved this book. The performance was awesome, he really got all the characters and personalities to shine. It was awesome!

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Alexie is a master story teller

A Native American, time traveling version of A Catcher in the Rye. The narrator captures a young boy's voice and rough innocence as he tries to make sense of a senselessly violent world. Beautiful.

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Robert

This book made, in a good way. Upon finishing it I immediately checked for other audiobooks but there weren't any. Sigh.

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Mixed ideas about what it is your trying to say

If your audience consists of children with backgrounds on these matters-- Americans are way more oppressed, in many was I question the Authorities of each City District.

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Another Sherman Alexie win

This book definitely wasn't what I was expecting from Sherman Alexie - I think of his works as mainly semi-autobiographical. This quick story somehow takes you on a whirlwind experience akin to Cloud Atlas or A Wrinkle in Time, with a hint of Tuesdays with Morrie morality. I finished this book at work and had a hard time explaining the tears. Such a moving story, but that should be no surprise as a Sherman Alexie novel. Well done!

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Great story and wonderful narration. Loved it!

If you work with people who do or have lived in trauma, you'll appreciate this book.

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Excellent Book.

The narrator was excellent. The book was wonderful. I can't sing enough praises. I've never finished a book and immediately wanted to pick it back up before.

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A must-read

Powerful story, beautifully performed. This YA novel about self-redemption is good for adults too. Digs deep into the layers of history.

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I couldn't stop crying at the end

I loved it. It was incredibly powerful in all the ways a book can be.

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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!