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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (962 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Sherwood Narrator: David Schramm Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2000 ISBN: 9780553752892
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This is the story of the greatest love, ever....

J. J. Smith, Keeper of the Records for The Book of Records, is an ordinary man searching for the extraordinary. J.J. has clocked the world’s longest continuous kiss. He has verified the lengthiest single unbroken apple peel. He has tasted the world’s largest menu item. But J. J. has never witnessed great love.

That is, until he comes to a tiny town in the American heartland. Here J. J. discovers a world record attempt like no other. Piece by piece, a farmer is eating a Boeing 747 to prove his love for a woman. But when J. J. unexpectedly falls in love with the same woman, a woman as outwardly cynical as he is, J. J. learns why records are made to be broken...and why the greatest wonders in life can never be measured.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yuliya | 2/13/2014

    " I read this book as 14 year old and wrote what I believe to be a sincerely profound essay on it. I haven't read it since then, but I remember loving it. so---5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine | 2/3/2014

    " Very fun and quirky story. Very cleverly written about world records and finding love. A fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Lynn | 2/2/2014

    " I enjoyed this quirky and original novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 1/31/2014

    " It was sappy, predictable and even strange - I liked it. Quick to read, and I even teared up at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 1/30/2014

    " I read this book a long time ago and came across it at the library the other day and had to add it on here. It is a fun, quirky read with enjoyable characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 1/16/2014

    " dragged out, never finished it, never intend to "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ana | 1/4/2014

    " It was an interesting love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K8e | 1/4/2014

    " No, really, he ate a 747. that's love. or stupidity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 12/26/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was a short, light read and it kept me interested the entire time. How can you not be curious about this title?! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Ackerson | 12/6/2013

    " Quirky, off-beat love story, a very quick read and lots of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 11/17/2013

    " This book caught me unaware and it was a fresh and delightful read. I read it again on a trip to my husband, and he enjoyed it as well. The premise is a love story and it has some insights and no one goes without asking, "What would I do for love?" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Pickering | 11/10/2013

    " Quirky, funny and at times quite poignant. In the search for greatness we sometimes miss the little wonders. I really enjoyed this read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 11/9/2013

    " Kind've a weird premise - but a really cute story about a man who (you guessed it) ate a 747. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Shores | 11/1/2013

    " Cute book and premise about a man who is eating a 747 for love. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donna Jadlowski | 4/29/2013

    " I'm not much into romance, I should have known. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 smalls | 3/5/2013

    " This was a fun light hearted book with some quirky characters and some fascinating true records! I really enjoyed this book and am so thankful it was sent to me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lara | 12/20/2012

    " Quick and easy to read. A light hearted story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tory | 12/9/2012

    " I thought this little novel was charming. It was unusual, but endearing all the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 11/27/2012

    " This was a simple, heart-warming book & sweet love story. I would see this at the bookstore as I was browsing & the title always seemed to catch my attention. I finally had to buy it and was surprised that it really was about a man eating an airplane. It ended up being a very good story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 11/4/2012

    " This was a cute modern day love story but it wasn't anything new or original. The title and the idea of someone eating an airplane is interesting but of course the main story is just another tired love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 10/2/2012

    " I have to confess it was the quirky title of the book that caught my attention. And it was a good call. The story was as original and charming as the title. I will definitely be reading other titles by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 7/22/2012

    " easy read; what interested me was what goes into getting into the guiness book of world records! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 6/4/2012

    " It was a interesting read. It's about a Guiness World Records employee who goes to a small town to investigate a man who is slowly consuming a Boeing 747 for a woman he proclaims to love. It was not what I expected. It is from the same author who wrote Charlie St. Cloud. I am anticipating the film "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 5/27/2012

    " The story of a man who verifies records for "The Book," and gets drawn into the story of a man in Iowa (Ohio? One of those vowel states), who is eating a 747 that crashed in his field. A new twist on small-town life. "

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About the Author
Author Ben SherwoodBen Sherwood is a bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, and the president of ABC News. His novel The Man Who Ate the 747 has been published in 13 languages, and his other novel, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, was made into a feature film starring Zac Efron. A former broadcast producer for NBC Nightly News, he joined Good Morning America in April 2004 as executive producer and stayed in that position until Fall 06. He lives with his wife and sons in New York City.