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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books; book club edition edition (September 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568495625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568495620
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,750,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A real zinger of a suspense story...Once in a very long time a book comes along that is such a spellbinder." -- The Denver Post

"Great entertainment!" -- The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Once in a very long time a book comes along that is such a spellbinder." -- The Denver Post

"Supercharged." -- Chicago Sun-Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Predictable" and "formulaic" aptly describe this Arthur Hailey novel, which follows a cast of characters whose loves and lives converge at Lincoln International Airport outside Chicago. Yet through skillful abridgment and Victor Garber's ability to depict characters with various accents, this fast-paced audiobook is quite enjoyable.It would make great listening for a long trip. A.A.B. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The characters were well defined and the story kept me enjoying the ride.
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In addition, the story is a page turner and you can't wait to see what happens next.
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Even though I read the book (long time ago) and remember the movie, I loved it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K.A.Goldberg on August 10, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This gripping book makes readers feel like they are piloting a 707 thru a blizzard, or trying to clear snow-filled runways and deal with a terminal full of angry passengers. The scene is Chicago's Lincoln International (O'Hare) Airport on a Friday evening in 1968 as a fierce winter blizzard frazzles the nerves of passengers, pilots, agents, etc. Ground crews must keep the runways open (one is blocked by a stuck jet) while stressed-out air traffic controllers juggle circling airliners in holding patterns as they are unable to land. Then there's those angry suburbanites who arrive to gripe about the searing noise of jets passing directly over their homes. Woven into these pages is stress, danger, and sex, at a time when all stewardesses were young and single, passengers wore suits, metal detectors were unheard of, and three pilots worked the cockpits. Adding to the burdens of airport manager Mel Bakersfield, captain Vernon Demerest and the others, a crazed terrorist may have boarded a Rome-bound flight with a homemade bomb in his briefcase. As you can imagine, the pages fly by as the suspense builds and we yearn to discover what happens next. Along the way readers learn a lot about airports and the airline industry circa late 1960's, much of it still relevant today.

Author Arthur Hailey (1920-2004), wrote gripping prose and provided behind-the-scenes looks at the industries he descrbed in his best-selling novels like HOTEL, WHEELS (car making), THE MONEYCHANGERS (banking), etc. This may be the best of his many excellent novels (he'd served in the Royal Air Force), and you might wonder if they dared sell this book at airports to nervous fliers. AIRPORT was also made into a popular movie starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By lee freke on November 11, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
You won't believe so much action can be packed into five hours.

Hailey's Airport strips away the facade of the aviation emporium and gives a little glimpse of the industry.

His skill in using flashbacks, as well as the credible characters in the plot, make this book an excellent choice for those who have been yearning for something good to read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Delania Collins on September 18, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is SCARY! Every fear you have about flying becomes a reality. I don't recommend that the weak-hearted read it. Definetely, don't read it on a plane! Not only is it scary, but it is also a great story with a wonderful and involving plot. You can't put it down! But, you'll want to. .
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Rolston on July 1, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When a terrifying crisis erupts--stranding a snowbound airport in a blizzard of pressure, passion and peril--the key to life and death rests in the hands of one of four people: a tough troubleshooter, an arrogant pilot, a beautiful stewardess, or a brilliant airport manager. Airport is a great book. Arthur Hailey knows how to get things going! This is one to look up!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. J. on April 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Sure this book is old and some of the ideas about the future of aviation are ridiculous, but this is also a fun thriller. Multiple threads are weaved as the protagonists battle on the ground and in the air. Aviation buffs will enjoy the details Hailey retells. Perfectionists will love reading about people that are very good at what they do (such as a mechanic that needs to dig out an Aero Mexico jet from the mud). This is a fun read, do not miss it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Sriram on February 2, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I first started reading this book given by a friend, I thought it would be very boring, But after the first 100 pages, the story picks up and it was very hard to put the book down! A lot of the back end work in airports is normally ignored and this book throws light on such stuff. Every character is unique in her/his own way, but they share one common characteristic - discontentment with life and marriage.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LE71@aol.com on May 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is the book that got me interested in reading as a youth. It is action packed and believable. It is informative, providing much factual information concerning the nations air travel system while telling a very human and compelling story.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Shurin VINE VOICE on May 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
First published in 1968, Arthur Hailey's Airport is one of the original disaster thrillers. Compared to others of its ilk (Hurricane, The Glass Inferno, etc), it has dated poorly but is well-composed enough to still be entertaining.

Even to the layman's eyes, airports have changed substantially in the past 35 years - and even more dramatically in the last 5. The center of the thriller's 'disaster' plot relies on a passenger being able to walk onto a plane clutching a bag of dynamite. In the post-9/11 era, this is pure science fiction.

On a character level, Airport is also a relic of a bygone era. The book's reliance on the 'shocking' sexual precocity of captains and stewardesses to create character drama isn't nearly as pearl-clutching as it was forty years ago. Although Hailey earns a lot of credit for featuring abortion and divorce-related storylines, the years have been unkind to the traditional depiction of sex kitten stewardesses.

Still, Hailey spends enough time discussing the minute detail of an airport's function that escapism is possible. The operation of a snow-clearing 'Conga Line' or the arguments over insurance machines are still oddly interesting, despite being sadly outmoded. (Interestingly, given the row over Heathrow expansion, Airport's depiction of a local citizen's group is still very relevant).

Forty years on, Airport is less an example of high-tension disaster fiction than it is of well-researched world-building. It is still an entertaining read - just not for the reasons originally intended.
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