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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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I order somewhere around 30 audible titles a year. Every now and then I luckily stumble across a book like this. Within the first five minutes I knew I'd snagged a total winner. Amazing book. Well narrated. Everything.

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Thank you Mr. Alexie

I listened to this book on a road trip w my 11 year old son. The themes and language were mature so I'm glad we listened to it together and often stopped to talk about issues and viewpoints that came up. It was a valuable book that portrayed a marginalized teen with great compassion. Seeing a "troubled kid" and those in his orbit with this type of dimension and humor instead of in a flat meme is important and it was written and read so beautifully we were both riveted all the way to Portland.

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Fantasy, reality, religion, and humor

The rarest of combinations when you mix great humor, good fiction, characters you can't help but love, and throw in science fiction, history, and God. Oh and wrap it in a package of the perfect narrator for the story. I've always really enjoyed Sherman Alexie's writing, but hearing his work perfectly performed was even better.

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Great Narrator

Great book. Wonderful narration. I'm glad that Adam Beach collaborated again with Sherman Alexie. He had already done some fine work for him in the film "Smoke Signals".
Also I will try to comment on some interesting points that Heather remarked on the book. First, she pointed out that Zits trust someone in less that 12 hrs when he usually trust nobody. Well in my opinion he is alone and has nobody in life and many people in need or who lack some meaning in their lives will be instantly attached to someone who is willing to listen and who somehow can answer all of their questions. Many people in need will do anything to be always listened or accepted by this person (unfortunately a lot of the wrong people are aware of this).
Second point, she finds that Zits has an unjustifiable "deep connection to the Indian side of his heritage". I think that this can be somehow justified because he is trying to fill a great void in his life and probably his Indian face and looks encourage him to find out more about himself (or the part of himself that he is missing) and probably that's why he tries to get as much info on this subject as he can, that's why he watches films on History Channel and hangs out with Indian drunks.

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Wow!

Wow, this was a powerful book. I'm not sure its listed as a Young Adult novel, but it struck me as such while I read it. I guess that's because the main character is a troubled kid being passed around foster homes. If it's not a Young Adult listing, I am totally happy about that too, because it provides a lot of good insight and revelation to the older reader. For the non-Indian, this book is educational about contemporary native life; for the Native American, it's likely educational too, but in different ways, such as how to interpret --or investigate--some situations and events in one's background. The book as a whole causes one to think long and hard about the impact we as humans have on one another, from within families to interculturally. How careless we can be, and how devastating the results. Likewise, how simple it is to just step back a little bit and let someone like Sherman Alexie teach us how to see honestly and with humor. So, why didn't I give it a 5 star rating? I just thought the end came together a little to nicely, almost as though the author had run out of umph. Some may disagree, and with that I would be fine.

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redemption in life

A kid with a crumby life finds empathy through time travel and hope in his future. I loved this kid. We should all grow up so well.

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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.

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Great reader. Hilarious yet serious story.

GREAT choice of reader! The voice just fits and he is extremely expressive. He seems to understand the characters' emotions wonderfully.

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  • 05-29-08

Great Story, Great Narrator.

Powerful and funny. great read.

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I love Sherman Alexie, but....

I love Sherman Alexie - but I didn't love "Flight" that much. The theme is very important - what leads people to act out in violence and how does one come to understand the potential each of us has to hurt others and to step away from doing so. But the story is not the least bit sophisticated and goes after the theme in such an obvious and clumsy way that there is never any mystery where the story is going or how it will end up. The jacket cover description of this story says that it is "hilarious and tragic..." - I would say it is tragic but I didn't find anything hilarious about it.

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  • jonathan newton
  • 08-27-22

Simply magical

I absolutely loved the book. Slowly developing main character, sad and devastating but hopeful story, with an outstanding performance. Brilliant!

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  • 07-24-22

The jury is out on this one...

If I was American, and more pertinently Native American, I might have appreciated the story more. Having said that, if the history was accurate, I learned some stuff. 🙂

There were a couple of chapters, one in particular, that seemed completely irrelevant to the story and could have been left out.

It was a short book which was probably just as well as I might otherwise have given up but I stuck with it as the plot took shape and I was pleased with the ending.

I love time travel novels, particularly if there is some logic or explanation to them, but in this book there is none, there is no continuity, it just happens.

The narration was good apart from the continual use of the wrong word for cavalry. (Calvary). Small but annoying 🙄

If you want a quick book, consider this but don't expect a literary masterpiece.

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  • 07-17-22

Excellent

Superbly narrated, thought provoking and hard hitting. The humour is spot on and I look forward to more offerings from the talented Mr Alexie.

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  • JanettheGannet
  • 06-15-22

interesting listen

I enjoyed this book overall and it was well narrated. There was just one thing which drove me crazy: the word "cavalry" appears many times in one section and either the author couldn't spell it or the narrator couldn't say it because every single time it came out as Calvary (the town where Jesus Christ was crucified). Other than that it was rather good, if shorter than i usually like.

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  • Tash
  • 12-16-21

Well read

The reading was great. Really enjoyed the nerrators contributions to make the story come alive. As a teen I used to read Sherman Alexies books all the time. Still enjoyed this book even as an adult. Poetic depiction of life with all its beautiful and ugly colours.