• Flight

  • A Quanutm Fiction Novel
  • By: Vanna Bonta
  • Narrated by: Vanna Bonta
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 15-11-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Meridian House Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (5 ratings)


The novel that introduced quantum fiction to literature shelves was called "a fable for our times" and extends the stage of human drama to the subatomic realm and entire cosmos. Mendle Orion is a writer who lives at the intersection of fiction and reality. He idealizes love and cynically rails against a world that wastes his dreams. The man's life is forever changed the day he meets a mysterious young woman with intense blue eyes and total amnesia who looks at urban life as though she's seeing it for the first time.
Mendle names her Aira Flight, after the light being superhero of the latest book he's writing. As he falls in love with the soulful stranger, he discovers the she has no navel, and the novel he's writing is bizarrely unfolding as real coinciding events in his life.
A novel within a novel are masterfully intertwined as mysteries unfold to a conclusion where even theoretical physics confirm the thin line between fairy tale and cold reality.
The story is read by the author, Vanna Bonta, who brings experience as a voice actress for major films and television to the narration.
©2007 Vanna Bonta (P)2007 Meridian House Audio
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Critic reviews

"Vanna Bonta reads her own work and is a refreshing and engaging narrator. She occasionally uses vocal effects but never to excess. This is a book with much to say." ( AudioFile Magazine)
"Bonta's reading is clear and provides a satisfying atmosphere for this tale. Recommended for larger collections." ( Library Journal)
" ... her (Bonta's) performance is brilliant. I was hooked on this story, the tale is ingenious." ( Audiogeist)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 07-01-10

More Mills and Boon than Sci-fi

I bought this book because the synopsis promised an interesting sci-fi book (Quantum Fiction, after all). This potential was soon blown out of the water through inept writing, rambling philosophical musings and the evident desire of the author to use this poorly written book simply as a platform to preach her beliefs. The story itself seems irrelevant to the author and is full of cliched characters and a plot more befitting a primary school. There is not a single likable character in the whole book and by the end of it, where the two main protagonists are broadcasting their ill-conceived lectures on love across the world on all frequencies, I felt sorry for the tortured planet-population-minus-two that had to listen to it.

The author was unable to pull off what could have been a very interesting book, opting rather to write an extended woman's magazine romance, including a bit of quantum physics she overheard at a party.

Incredibly mawkish drivel that I regret listening to.

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5 out of 5 stars
By FRANCISCO on 09-10-13

Up There With Great Forever Books

If you could sum up Flight in three words, what would they be?

radical original phenomenon

Have you listened to any of Vanna Bonta’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No this was my first time listening to any of Vanna Bonta's performances, but it was definitely a great work of art and I will Listen to another in the near future.

Any additional comments?

It's radical. It's original. Bonta weilds the pen worthy of any poet and author titan. And the book is a phenomenon of the quantum age.

George Bernard Shaw said if you tell the truth you better make them laugh or theyll kill you. Well, Vanna Bonta tells the truth AND makes you laugh but between knuckleheads stuck in Newton's idea of science fiction and crazy cults that fear her, Bonta has raised some hackles. I love her for it. I love the writer for her command of the English language, for her fearless innovation and originality.

The story is about a writer who rebels against reality and our violence-infested world. He writes a novel about an interdimensaionl being. At a science ficiton convention he finds a woman who looks exactly like the superheroine in his book. The woman has total amnesia. He gives her the name of his superheroine. The mystery and a riot of a love story unfolds from there.

The book is a masterwork that constructs an allegory of the dangers of mind control, the importance of free-thinking and creativity, the very nature of reality, and it dares to address things like infinity and death.

I follow Bonta on Twitter and even her tweets are quotable (and loved the ep of Wilfred that starts with her quote).

This book is up there with the books that will never die. Even if you don't like it, it's a highly respected and respectable work. I can understand why some wish they had written it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Beth on 22-10-13

Master Storytelling

Flight was a very fun experience for me. The story is original and keeps the mind satisfied with two fascinating plots that are both about life beneath the plastic surface of smiling faces and ho-hum superficial existence.

Bonta ranks as a great writer due to extraordinary prose, depth of ideas, masterful plot but any worthwhile novelist is first a poet, which Bonta is, and her ability to be either verbose or succint and ultimately insightful is poetry. Seriously, there are sentences in this book that are just --- beautiful. It's obvious when a writer loves words and books. There is playfulness with words in Flight. Bonta has a knack of packing megaton wisdom into one sentence. Again, obviously her poetry background.

The narrative tone of Flight is 3rd person parable-type style, done for effect, as if written by a visitor to Earth telling a story for the ages, but Bonta gets local vernacular and different dialogues of characters down perfectly -- such as "mall-speak" and "cool-speak" as a couple of examples. Highly entertaining.

So I wanted to hear the audio, too, which the author narrates herself. Vanna Bonta's voiceover I could listen to all day. In the audiobook narration she effortlessly delivers the spectrum of characters and dialogues she created. She is a professional and inspired actress who is credited on Disney movies. major feature films and television. The audiobook is a double-gem because we get Bonta's diamond talent of spoken word. She's a genuine artist. Her voice has excellent, natural and pleasant diction and seamless emotion.

Naturally I had to own a copy of the paper book because it's too famous a book. I didn't realize what a history this book has until I read about it on Wikipedia. I didn't know a real rocket ship was named after Aira Flight's fictional spaceship (Lauryad).

Flight is populated with characters I found myself caring about. I know Mendle Orion, Aira Flight and Onx, and that cagey vixen Sandra. They live with all the beloved characters who have moved me to better knowledge of myself. Interesting, I saw a bit of myself in every character's imperfect but perfectr humanity. Each character stands for an aspect of human existence. Aira Flight --- the girl with amensia and no navel is a brilliant icon for the duality of human nature ....walking around in biological body but where did she (we?) (awaresness?) really come from.

Bonta is a master writer and enchanting storyteller.

Movie? Thinking Johnny Depp, Jim Carrey, Tim Burton, Megan Fox (Sandra) an unknown for Aira Flight, like Scarlett Johnassen? Or younger cooler people will be hip.

The ride of this amazing, strange, bizarre story is nothing compared to reality. A line from the book is true: "Reality is stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be believable." (Flight quantum fiction, by Vanna Bonta)

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