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They are twelve men who shouldn't be alive. They have survived the sudden blinding sandstorm that crippled their air freighter. Survived a desperate crash landing in the Sahara of Central Libya. Survived to face the slow, dry, agonizing death of the desert. Twelve men with one hope: to build a new plane from the wreckage of their Skytruck and make a flight out of hell.

Only one man could build such a plane: Stringer, the brilliant and obsessed engineer. Only one man could fly it: Towns, the arrogant and tormented pilot. Both had been aboard the Skytruck, but both are mortal enemies whose consuming hatred for each other is a danger greater than the desert itself.

©1964 Elleston Trevor; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Tense, exciting....Horribly vivid!" (London Evening Standard)
"A Master. One never doubts the absolute reality of every page [Elleston Trevor] writes." (The New York Times)

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  • Gary
  • Sioux Falls, SD, USA
  • 10-26-04

Classic Survival Novel

Excellent novel with great narration. Elleston Trevor is a highly skilled writer. He is also famous for espionage novels under a different name but this book is a wonderful read with vivid characters.

It is a classic and was made into a movie with James Stewart and Richard Attenborough, among others, who did it justice. There is now a recent movie with Dennis Quaid, so we are lucky to get this in audible. What a treat! Highly recommended.

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Out of the Desert

This story of men and the stuggle to survive is one that you will remember.
From start to finish Flight of the Phoenix
is not about men fighting to survive in the eternal wast of the desert, but to refuse to give up against impossible odds.
All quality all the way.

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Flight of the Phoenix

Enjoyed the book. Moving rendering of the written book. Heart felt and real. It was like I was there. 5 stars

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  • jerry
  • ridgecrest, CA, United States
  • 07-18-16

Favorite audio book of all time

I listen to this book constantly. Grover Gardeners best read. He reads each character personality perfectly and precise. Elleston Trevor wrote a great survival story here. well I can't say enough about the story obviously a masterpiece in my opinion. The Jimmy Stuart classic movie did do justice to the book, but did leave out a lot of pivotal things that the book has in it.

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Saw the movie.

Excellent narator. He added accents to the subjects. The language & description of the characters very discriptive . I could all most feel the heat & thirst of the characters with death looming on the horizon. The desert was brought to life when a 30,000 ft dust storm brought the plain down. The rest you'll have to read.

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Rough

I really wanted to like this book. I watched the movie with my dad as a child and loved it but finishing this book was like a chore and the grating nasal twang of the narrator didn't help.