The journey west, and the preparations for it, become a figurative and literal process of discovery as the young men battle thunderstorms and wracking turbulence, encounter Arkansas rednecks, Texas cowboys, and the languid, romantic culture of small-town cafés, cheap motels, and dusty landing strips of pre-Vietnam America. The brothers have a lot to resolve among themselves too - as Kern, the shy, meticulous, dedicated dreamer, and Rinker, the rebellious second son, must finally come to understand and depend on each other in the complex way that only brothers can.
Most of all, Flight of Passages is a timeless story of fathers and sons. These 2 young men must separate from their difficult, quirky father - literally by putting a country's distance between them - but they do it on their father's terms: in an airplane. As he looks back, from the perspective of now being a father himself, Rinker Buck's tale of 2 young men in search of themselves and their country becomes a story about the eternal enigma of family - of the distance and closeness of generations, of peace lost so that understanding can be gained - and it is explored with a storytelling power that is both brave and rare.
©1997 Rinker Buck; (P)1997 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing; Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.
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I am not a pilot or have any special affinity for flying but this book is a great story. It flows well, is funny, descriptive, and engaging. I highly recommend it.
"Great coming of age"
great book. I laughed and felt emotional a good listen. good reader
I purchased this audiobook because other listeners rated it highly. A "young" pilot myself (150 hours), I would have enjoyed this entertaining (and well-narrated) story if it were only about the bold adventure itself: two very young boys rebuilding and flying a very small plane coast-to-coast with no radio, few navigational aids and little money. But one needn't be a pilot or even understand lots of "pilot lingo" to be entertained. From his larger-than-life father, to the mother who allowed he and his somewhat nerdy older brother to undertake this journey, to everyone the boys encountered along the way, few people or relationships go unexamined by this insightful author. Well worth the time and money spent.
"One of my favorite stories."
I originally heard this book read by Dick Estelle on Radio Reader. An outstanding tale of two young boys living a dream and a passion. Wonderful humor through true-to-life relationships between two boys and their father. I very highly recommend this book to anyone.
awesome book. I've always enjoyed reading books about aviation and this one is one of the few inspiring ones. I wish they'd have stick and rudder on audible as well.
If you have a father, a sibling, or a love of adventure, you will enjoy this book. Narration and story were excellent!
"Compared to the book... This really is an abridged version."
Great book, but the audiobook is missing huge chunks. Missing some chapters, pages, and paragraphs. Still a great read/listen.
"Audio book abridges all funny parts"
I love reading this book, fabulous, exciting, laugh out loud funny! HOWEVER, the audio version is severely abridged and many of the most humorous parts (that I was looking forward to) are missing. Skip this and read the original.
This is a must read for all pilots. A lot of the book is dedicated to the complex relationship between father, son, and brother, which will appeal to the non-aviator. I laughed out loud and teared up several times.
This book I listen to many times over again. Best story on flying from the sixties.
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