Up in the Air

  • by Walter Kirn
  • Narrated by Sean Runnette
  • 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ryan Bingham's job as a Career Transition Counselor - he fires people - has kept him airborne for years. Although he has come to despise his line of work, he has come to love the culture of what he calls "Airworld" - finding contentment within pressurized cabins, anonymous hotel rooms, and a wardrobe of wrinkle-free slacks.With a letter of resignation sitting on the desk of his boss and the hope of a job with a mysterious consulting firm, Ryan Bingham is agonizingly close to his ultimate goal, his Holy Grail: one million frequent flier miles. But before he achieves this long-desired freedom, conditions begin to deteriorate. With perception, wit, and wisdom, Up in the Air combines brilliant social observation with an acute sense of the psychic costs of our rootless existence, and confirms Walter Kirn as one of the most savvy chroniclers of American life.

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What the Critics Say

"A dead-on, wry portrait of the life of the road warrior." (The Washington Post)
"[A] hilarious, often ingenious ode to America.. . . . Whip smart yet entertaining enough to rival anything from John Grisham." (Time Out New York)
"Kirn's style is as bright and metallic as the shiny skin of a jet airplane. But his underlying point is refreshingly down to earth." (Chicago Tribune)

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Thought Provoking

This book was highly entertaining the first time through thanks to Kirn's clandestine poetry and the soothing voice of Runnette. I'm listening a second time and the elements of the plot have proven to be thought-provoking about contemporary America without becoming preachy.
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- Edwin

Not the movie

This is one of those books that I don't know how they got the movie from the book. I really enjoyed the movie and found this book sad and depressing. The lead character in the book is much more dysfunctional than the movie character. Would not recommend.
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- Tania

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-24-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio