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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Torday Narrator: Aaron Abano Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9781427265500
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Poxl West fled the Nazis’ onslaught in Czechoslovakia. He escaped their clutches again in Holland. He pulled Londoners from the Blitz’s rubble. He wooed intoxicating, unconventional beauties. He rained fire on Germany from his RAF bomber. Poxl West is the epitome of manhood and something of an idol to his teenage nephew, Eli Goldstein, who reveres him as a brave, singular, Jewish war hero.

Poxl fills Eli’s head with electric accounts of his derring-do adventures and romances as he collects the best episodes from his storied life into a memoir. He publishes that memoir, Skylock, to great acclaim, and its success takes him on the road, and out of Eli’s life. With his uncle gone, Eli throws himself into reading his opus and becomes fixated on all things Poxl. But as he delves deeper into Poxl’s history, Eli begins to see that the life of the fearless superman he’s adored has been much darker than he let on, and filled with unimaginable loss from which he may have not recovered. As the truth about Poxl emerges, it forces Eli to face irreconcilable facts about the war he’s romanticized and the vision of the man he’s held so dear.

The Last Flight of Poxl West beautifully weaves together the two unforgettable voices of Eli Goldstein and Poxl West, exploring what it really means to be a hero, and to be a family, in the long shadow of war.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Last Flight of Poxl West interweaves a powerful war story with a profound meditation on the need such stories fill in us and the truths they can sometimes obscure…Really good stuff.”

    Phil Klay, National Book Award–winning author

  • “[A] viscerally-gripping, eye-wateringly moving first-person account…It’s also a profound and timely meditation on the desire for justice, retribution, and redemption…Its ending left me speechless.”

    Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A touching, old-fashioned drama about war and love…Torday [has the] ability to shift gears between sweeping historical vistas and more intimate family dramas and between old-school theatrics and more contemporary meditations on the nature of storytelling.”

    New York Times

  • “[An] expertly crafted first novel…There doesn’t seem to be a germane subject for which the author hasn’t done his homework, from the leather trade to the cockpit controls of military aircraft to the kabbalah…And all of this is rendered in Torday’s unobtrusively lyrical prose, superb Rothian sentences that glide over the page as smoothly as a Spitfire across a cloudless sky.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A rollicking joy ride that leaves you breathlessly excited and a little sad, all at once.”


  • “A richly layered, beautifully told, and somehow lovable story about war, revenge, and loss.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A masterful story of a WWII hero, performed with precision by narrator Aaron Abano…Abano’s performance is as exceptional as the book. His adept use of accents, coupled with an uncanny delivery, allows listeners to submerge themselves in the complex character Torday has created. The result is an extraordinary story of courage counterbalanced by a gripping story of suspense. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Aaron Abano reads, giving Poxl a softly Slavic voice and Eli a tender, adolescent awe and anguish.”

    BookPage (audio review)

  • “Love, lust, war, revenge, betrayal: I was inclined to like this book before I opened it. Daniel Torday’s gorgeous prose and moral candor made me love it. A spectacular debut.”

    Daniel Smith, author of Monkey Mind

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author

Daniel Torday is the director of creative writing at Bryn Mawr College. An author and former editor at Esquire magazine, Torday currently serves as an editor at the Kenyon Review. His short stories and essays have appeared in Esquire, Glimmer Train, Harper Perennial’s Fifty-Two Stories, Harvard Review, the New York Times and the Kenyon Review. Torday’s novella, The Sensualist, won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for debut fiction.

About the Narrator

Aaron Abano has narrated such audiobooks as the AudioFile Earphones Award winner The Starling Project by Jeffrey Deaver, as well as Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch by Richard Hine, among others.