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3.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 5 3.13 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Miles Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781455190225
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Bennie Ford, a fifty-three-year-old failed poet turned translator, is traveling to his estranged daughter’s wedding when his flight is cancelled. Stuck with thousands of fuming passengers in the purgatory of O’Hare airport, he watches the clock tick and realizes that he will miss the ceremony. Frustrated, irate, and helpless, Bennie does the only thing he can: he starts to write a letter. But what begins as a hilariously excoriating demand for a refund soon becomes a cris de coeur of a life misspent, talent wasted. Bennie pens his letter in a voice that is a marvel of lacerating wit, heart-on-sleeve emotion, and wide-ranging erudition—all propelled by the fading hope that if he can just make it to the wedding, he has a chance to do something right in his life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A crisp yowl of a first novel…scathing yet oddly joyful…Bennie’s command of language as he describes his fellow strandees and his riotous embrace of his own feelings will have readers rooting for him. By the time flights resume, Miles has masterfully taken Bennie from grim resignation to the dazzling exhilaration of the possible.”

    Publishers Weekly   

  • “A heartfelt exploration of one man’s psychic deterioration and the slim reed of hope to which, miraculously, he still clings…Miles has created a human being adrift, like all of us, in circumstances mostly not of his making and with no other choice but to try to muddle through.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A crisp yowl of a first novel…scathing yet oddly joyful.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Begins as a scathing letter of complaint from a stranded traveler en route to his estranged daughter’s wedding but quickly evolves in to a personal and surprisingly astute rant about life’s challenges.”

    Parade Magazine

  • “This first novel is a tale of loss and regret that allows a hint of hope and forgiveness to beckon from the final pages.”   

    Library Journal

  • “Miles…offers a funny, poignant first novel about reaching middle age…Miles, a sharp, stylish author, has created a complex novel from a simple premise. This is a compassionate, often hilarious book about laying the past to rest and moving forward into the future.”


  • “An intelligent, playful, and, above all, moving story full of humor and well-written digressions. Bennie is a remarkably flawed but sympathetic man…this affecting and laugh-out-loud-funny tirade should stay with readers long after they’ve reached their final destinations.”

    Bookmarks Magazine

  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 nora | 5/3/2011

    " great writing, funny and entertaining! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl | 4/30/2011

    " It seemed like a good idea for a funny story. Unfortunately it degenerated into a rant on a life wasted drinking too much.
    The bits about the Chicago airport were witty, but too much self loathing in the book to bother reading those bits. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Domonique | 4/12/2011

    " I am only on page 20 and I really hope it gets better, It made so many book top lists-I must be missing something "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zahid | 4/11/2011

    " Well-written story about a guy who's let alcoholism tear his life apart, and how an extended and unwanted stay at O'Hare Airport is thwarting his last-ditch effort to salvage something. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia | 3/31/2011

    " Some good parts, some boring parts. It does have great turns of phrase, but fizzles about 2/3 in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 3/22/2011

    " Story of a sad but funny man who lives a sad but funny life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 3/20/2011

    " I really, really enjoyed this book. The writing style, content, and ending all worked. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mdraeger | 2/15/2011

    " This book was as interminable as the airport wait it describes. The idea of telling a character's story through an irate letter to an airline is intriguing, but it wasn't handled well. Especially when you throw in bits of a random Polish novel the main character is translating. Ugh. "

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About the Author

Jonathan Miles is the author of two novels, Dear American Airlines, Want Not. and Anatomy of a Miracle. A former columnist for the New York Times, he is a contributing editor to magazines such as Details, Garden & Gun, Men’s Journal, and Field & Stream. His work is frequently anthologized in Best American Sports Writing and Best American Crime Writing.

About the Narrator

Mark Bramhall has won thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been a finalist for the Audiobook Publishers Association’s prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been named by Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine among their “Best Voices of the Year” in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.