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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: September 2008 ISBN: 9781455189076
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • “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.”

    SoundCommentary.com

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/27/2014

    " This is very different from what I usually read, but I couldn't put it down. Read it in one afternoon! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 1/19/2014

    " A good solid look at the desperation, anger and lonliness that exist in the mind of time-traveling foster kid (half Native American and half Irish) with homicidal tendencies. It is also a story of the personal betrayals that exist for all of us. The ways we mistreat those around us. The ways we betray those we have responsibility for. The ways we hurt because we've been hurt. Not an amazing novel, but still a touching and sharp one with occasional moments of brillance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lina | 1/18/2014

    " Soooo basically it was flawless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Cunningham | 12/29/2013

    " OK, just one more Alexie books, though I could list them all. This one truly is amazing, in my view. Sherman addresses the issue of history, hate, revenge, human possibility, in a series of vignettes that are linked together by the common thread of Native American history. I can easily see this as a movie; wonder if that's going to happen? A quick read but well worth it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cat | 12/12/2013

    " Funny, interesting, touching. Different. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 12/8/2013

    " While this book got off to a great start and looked like it would be really intense and thought-provoking, I grew tired of it after a while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Hall | 10/11/2013

    " Kind of interesting with the character moving from body to body. Alexie seems to be stuck on the same character we saw in his previous novel, Diary of a part-time Indian. Made this seem like a retracing of the same old same old. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anton | 9/13/2013

    " Feels a bit like Fight Club mixed with Einstein's Dreams. Like Sherman Alexie's other works in that they can have you simultaneously laughing hysterically and cringing from the unpleasantness of the situations he describes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhianna | 6/9/2013

    " I read this book in one sitting, it is a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 3/24/2013

    " This is the first Alexie I've read, and I was expecting to be wowed a little more than I was. The characters didn't feel real and the resolution was too simple and tidy. I appreciate the subtlety of Zit's transformation, but it was almost too subtle to feel legitimate. It was a quick read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/10/2013

    " Sherman Alexie...no one else like him "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tommy | 12/21/2012

    " I thought the message in the last ten pages was nice although rather cheesy and simple. The story was a totally undeveloped waste of time and the he gets to the end and slaps on a happy ending. The writing was terrible and the story was rather stupid. Spend your money on a better book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Verity | 8/11/2012

    " Very good, as is Alexie's usual. Upon finishing, I immediately gave it to my sister, who also loved it. It was heartbreaking and uplifting and everything in between. Beautiful read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Usagipaw | 8/3/2012

    " The format took me a little while to get into, but once I did the story become a very engaging look at a teenager's struggle with belonging and the prevalence of violence in our society and history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandela | 12/19/2011

    " The first Sherman Alexie book I've read, though Smoke Signals the movie based on his writing I love too. Same themes as smoke signals- boy reconciles with self and the messy past. told with humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/25/2011

    " Alexis has a very balanced view of American Indians. He doesn't romatisize too much but makes them very interesting characters in real life situation. I think every social worker should read this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicholas Dummer | 6/22/2011

    " It was tragic yet hopeful. The dark and evil were only transitory, perpetuated by shattered expectations. This is a beautiful tale of a renewal of self awareness and perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 5/22/2011

    " This is the first Alexie I've read, and I was expecting to be wowed a little more than I was. The characters didn't feel real and the resolution was too simple and tidy. I appreciate the subtlety of Zit's transformation, but it was almost too subtle to feel legitimate. It was a quick read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 4/6/2011

    " A powerful first-person gritty tale of a troubled teen, Flight deals with questions of identity, self-awareness, racial pride, and self-determination. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cinderfox | 4/4/2011

    " It was more a YA book (which is fine) so there were a lot of unanswered questions and it didn't go as in-depth as I would have liked. Still, the story was interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 3/19/2011

    " Extremely well-written book, with an intense plot, at times I cried...I'll have to read it again to write a review though, I breezed through it that fast. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lina | 3/9/2011

    " Soooo basically it was flawless. "

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About the Author
Author Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie is the award-winning author of Reservation Blues, Indian Killer, The Toughest Indian in the World, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and others. He wrote and directed The Business of Fancydancing and also wrote the award-winning screenplay for Smoke Signals, a film based on his short-story collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.

About the Narrator

Adam Beach is a Golden Globe–nominated actor of Saulteaux descent. He is best-known for his roles in the movies Flags of Our Fathers, Smoke Signals, and Windtalkers, among many others. His work is strongly rooted in his Native heritage and he spends much of his spare time donating his voice and enthusiasm in support of Native youth.