Luminous Airplanes: A Novel and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$21.68
Qty:1
  • List Price: $34.95
  • Save: $13.27 (38%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Luminous Airplanes Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged


See all 9 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Audio CD, Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
"Please retry"
$21.68
$2.91 $2.99


Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Hero Quick Promo
Browse in Books with Buzz and explore more details on selected titles, including the current pick, "The Good Girl" by Mary Kubica.

Product Details

  • Audio CD: 540 pages
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company; Unabridged,Unabridged; 8.25 hours edition (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611746663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611746662
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,316,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

“An open-ended, postmodern fable.”
       —Kirkus Reviews [starred review]
(Booklist)

“La Farge spins his tale with the grace of an acrobat.”
       —Publishers Weekly [starred review]
(AudioFile)

“La Farge’s prose is truly luminous, and his skill at portraying the restless ennui that marked the end of the 1990s in America is enviable.”
      —Booklist


“Engaging, drawing listeners into a life story . . . with a compelling intensity that helps put the threads of the story in place. All these elements keep listeners on edge as the romance heads toward its inevitable conclusion.”
       —AudioFile

About the Author

CHARLES CARROLL is an actor, writer, and musician from New England.  He began teaching film at an arts-focused school where he became inspired to concentrate on acting and film production.  Upon hearing the narrations of Frank Muller, Charles began his own wild journey into voiceover and audiobook work.  Charles is an honors graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a degree in literature and classics.


PAUL LA FARGE is the author of two novels: The Artist of the Missing and Haussmann, or the Distinction; and a book of imaginary dreams, The Facts of Winter. His short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Harper’s Magazine, Fence, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. His nonfiction appears in The Believer, Bookforum, Playboy, and Cabinet. He lives in upstate New York.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

The writing wasn't anything spectacular.
Book Dork
I bought this book as a birthday gift for my lovely wife.
R. Dean
The central character is very uninteresting.
C. E. Selby

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lamontcranston on September 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Paul La Farge has managed to craft a wonderful, engaging world, which happily fits into a novel (almost). The parts that have spilled into immersive (online) text are equally delightful.

As Gary Shytengart put it in a September 29, 2011 interview: "i blurbed luminous airplanes because it's amazing. and amazing books aren't written very often. so buy it." [...]
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Dork VINE VOICE on July 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I desperately wanted to love this novel and it's online component- I really did. I tried.

Praise
- The idea of an epic road trip is always a good thing (see below, though)
- The narrator seriously seems like a cool guy
- Attempting a hypertext kind of concept is definitely innovative
- The whole "two moms" concept is interesting, as were the characters

Problems
- The road trip went by way, way too fast
- The premise for this book, male returns to hometown to sort out a death, has been done many times before. This isn't to say that it can't be done again; it just wasn't really done in a new way.
- The writing wasn't anything spectacular.
- The end was a bit rushed and forced.

I won't list my concerns with the online component as a negative, because this is a review of the book. I must say, though, that I found it a bit tedious and did not have the patience to find the new material I'm assuming is there.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Laurence R. Bachmann VINE VOICE on October 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Paul La Farge's Luminous Airplanes is odd and lovely, a sort of coming of age novel with a postmodern twist. The bursting of the internet bubble and passing of his grandfather precipitates an emotional crises. He abandons his Ciity of Ghosts (San Francisco) with a return to his boyhood past, and his one solid familial memory in Thebes NY. Here he is reminded he has something he has forgotten and papered over, perhaps because of its indistinctness--a past.

"He" is our unnamed protagonist--a bit angst ridden, a bit too enamored of psychedelic drugs. The remainder of the novel is a pretty straightforward look at what can only be described as a kind of Faulknerian exploration at the turn of the last century. Is the past still past? Is it real? And what constitutes connection? What constitutes a binding tie? It's complicated when you have no father--he killed himself-- but two mothers who happen to be twin sisters, Celeste Marie and Marie Celeste, aka The Celestes. Most interesting is his interaction with Yesim, his childhood neighbor and now equally damaged friend teetering on the brink of madness at the beginning of the 21st. Her father has gone off Turkey to reclaim the old ways as she tries to find any way that makes sense for an alien in both worlds. Quite moving is her questioning the value of liberated women and freedom--if you don't know freedom exists, do you miss it?

As Yesim helps pack up and dispose of the grandfather's life she is a sort of lightening rod for questions about the value of anybody's life. These existential musings, cloaked in humor or crises are LA's great strength. There is also a site that you can go to as you read along with the book. It's a lot to engage, but parts of it are very cool.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William B. Rodgers on March 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Child of Hyperfiction

Luminous Airplanes is an interesting novel in and of itself but i'm more interested in its roots in hyperfiction.

few readers know that this version of LA is the "child" of LaFarge's hyperfiction of the same name. Meaning that much of it comes from pre-existing text on a web site and then moved over to the paper and digital publications.

the paper novel is not the same as the hyperfiction product. Their texts overlap but they're also different from each other.

LA, the Kindle book, is a digital version of the paper product but not of the hyperfiction.
Kindle does not yet support sophisticated hypertext and you cannot read the hypertext version of LA on your kindle.

LA, the hypertext, lives on an external web site and not in a Kindle book.

check out Jack Well's external cloud document for his commentary trying to put all this in perspective: 'Outline of Reactions to hypertext "novel"; Luminous Airplanes."

Amazon does not support links to external publications such as this one but here's a URL you can paste into your browser ..if it's not edited out:

[...]

(yup. Check following comment for work around)
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Keene on September 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
The narrator of Luminous Airplanes leaves his going-nowhere life in San Francisco and returns to an isolated village in the Catskills to clean out his grandfather's house, assessing his life and re-meeting characters from his youth. From this simple plot, La Farge weaves a cunning and compelling tapestry that addresses most of the big issues: love, death, memory, madness, family, nature, power, race.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?