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Publisher's Summary

In Skyfaring, airline pilot and flight romantic Mark Vanhoenacker shares his irrepressible love of flying on a journey from day to night, from new ways of mapmaking and the poetry of physics to the names of winds and the nature of clouds. Here, anew, is the simple wonder and transcendent joy of motion and the remarkable new perspectives that height and distance bestow on everything we love.
©2015 Mark Vanhoenacker (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
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"Read it, and you’ll find yourself requesting a window seat every time you fly." ( Bookseller)
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By Ron on 09-12-15

Great read for aviation enthusiasts.

Vanhoenacker beautifully conveys his love of flying, while providing much fascinating information about piloting a 747.

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By Carol on 06-23-15

Beautiful, intelligent writing

This was a completely fascinating book, beautifully written. The author is creative and erudite...I would simply love to sit next to him at a dinner party...I would want to monopolize him!!

As someone who is always a little irrationally afraid of flying, found myself very assured, hearing his interesting thoughts about the mechanics of airplanes and the skills involved in flying them.

I know if at least three people who will be receiving this from me as a gift.

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By M on 05-26-15

Excellent read

very emotive and enlightening , has definitely rekindled my love of flight and planes .

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By Mr R B on 07-21-15

Good in parts

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not really. There are some really good parts and if it was abridged by a good editor then I think it could be a much better book for the casual listener. As it stands though, it is very wordy in parts and in the end just goes on a bit too long. After 12 hours I was ready for it to finish (and soon!).

Would you be willing to try another book from Mark Vanhoenacker? Why or why not?

Possibly, but I only have so many credits which means probably not. Why not? Well, much like some other reviewers I think Mark just tries a bit too hard in places. I've nothing against the guy (and I liked some of it very much), but I didn't need the literary references to appreciate that he is a very educated guy. Read one of Feynman's memoires if you want an example of an overpowering intellect who never strays from plain English.

Have you listened to any of John Moraitis’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't, but I have no complaints about the narration.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No - and to be fair I think this would be a difficult subject to do justice to in a film.

Any additional comments?

Mark is obviously a smart guy - He mentions his education, followed by the career in management consulting and I think that's maybe the underlying issue here. I can imagine what he would have been like giving a presentation - at the end of it you would have been made fully aware of just how smart he was. Perhaps that seems a little unfair, after all I did like a lot of the book. I do think that as a 5 hour book minus the flowery bits it could be a really good book.

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By Bradley on 06-15-17

Rambling and Esoteric

This is a lovely written book with great descriptive prose. To me however it made no sense even after two chapters. Which is why I LOVE Audibles' return policy.

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