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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,104 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sherman Alexie Narrator: Adam Beach Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Flight is the hilarious and tragic story of an orphaned Indian boy 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 resurface in the body of an FBI agent during the civil-rights era. It’s only the first stop. He continues traveling back 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.

This is Sherman Alexie at his most brilliant—making us laugh while breaking our hearts. Simultaneously wrenching and deeply humorous, wholly contemporary yet steeped in American history, Flight is irrepressible, fearless, and again, groundbreaking Alexie.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Sherman Alexie] is funny, he is perceptive, and he knows how to stir us in large and small ways.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Original, funny, and provocative—a trip worth taking.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “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

  • “Adam Beach’s narration is spot-on for a back-talking, unsure, acerbic, wounded teen trying to learn about hate and love…It’s a moving, gripping, engaging, and funny journey, one worth taking.”


  • “Alexie’s concentrated and mesmerizing novel of instructive confrontations is structured around provocative variations on the meanings and implications of flight as it asserts that people of all backgrounds are equally capable of good and evil.”


  • “Reader Adam Beach does a pretty good job capturing Native American cadence through the voice of the adolescent protagonist…This is a fascinating novel with its overarching themes of vengeance and forgiveness.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Griffen Tymins | 2/16/2014

    " Flight is a novel that made me stop and wonder the true meaning of life. As Zits, the protagonist, travels through time, he slowly begins to change his view on the world. Alexie also has a special gift of making his writing relate to many events in pop culture. I would recommend this novel to anyone that is older than 15. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ksab | 2/3/2014

    " A fun to read,interesting,dynamic,"straight-shooting", coming of age , identity seeking tale. Great writing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brian Scaramella | 1/29/2014

    " Sherman Alexie did a great job making this book fun and easy to read. Although the content was extremely mature, it seemed like the book was easy enough for children to read. Not only did this book offer a great amount of entertainment, but it offered a great subject for philosophical debate immediately. What I mean by that is that the book pushes these issues right in your face. It doesn't skip around them with symbols and extremely deep layers. In other words, this book does not need to be analyzed to spark deep thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brian | 1/28/2014

    " Narrated by a self-described "time-traveling mass murderer" by the name of Zits. Somewhat disappointing; while the theme/plot was interesting, I found the writing a bit weak (IMO the writing didn't succeed in its attempt at humor or emotion). "

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