Flight of Dreams

Flight of Dreams

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Struggling to maintain her professionalism and hide her own agenda on board the Hindenburg, where everyone seems to be keeping secrets, Emilie, a sole female crewmember, interacts with passengers and fellow workers throughout the doomed airship's three-day flight.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385540025
Branch Call Number: FIC LAWHON, ARIEL
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 25 cm.


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May 27, 2017

A very readable and suspenseful fictionalized account of the Hindenburg tragedy. There was an excellent author's note at the end where she explains exactly where she drew the line between fact and fiction. I would recommend reading it before you start the book. This was historical fiction that has been written in the style of a mystery. Multiple points of view and short chapters give the book a good pace.

May 19, 2017

Everyone moves around their cabins, they eat, they talk, they arrive in NJ, they crash. The End. A very unfulfilling narrative.

Chapel_Hill_TracyB Mar 12, 2017

It takes a special writer to be able to fictionalize a real event in a way that complements and doesn't subtract from the true story. Lawhon says it was the people whose story needed to be told. Every one of the characters are based on a real passenger or crew member on the Hindenburg. Starting with their true stories, Lawhon imagines how they may have all weaved together on what was described as an "uneventful" voyage, and comes up with one theory of what caused the disaster. But it's not the disaster that takes center stage, it's the people, the relationships, the motivations that drive this novel. The audio was beautifully narrated.

Feb 10, 2017

wished more of a "clean read", very interesting suspenseful story

Oct 08, 2016

Tense, detailed, absorbing read about the final flight of the Hindenburg. Recommended for those who enjoy reading about historical events from the participants' fictionalised viewpoints.

Jun 06, 2016

Lawhon's historical fiction is an account of the last flight of the Hindenburg airship in 1938.
Starts well although there are lots of characters to parse. The author amps up the tension to thriller level as the book moves along. The NYT review cites errors in details, which I found distracting as well. I’m a foodie who knows German and period food. The author got much wrong. Her characters also use expressions that are clearly much more recent than the 1930s. Disappointed.

ChristchurchLib Mar 28, 2016

On May 3, 1937, a total of 97 individuals board the D-LZ129 Hindenberg for what will prove to be the airship's final, fatal flight. Covering a three-day period, this suspenseful novel unfolds from the perspective of five characters: stewardess Emilie; her suitor and the ship's navigator, Max; German journalist Gertrud, pursuing a story despite having her press credentials revoked by the Nazi Party; cabin boy Werner, charged with guarding a mysterious piece of cargo; and an enigmatic American businessman. All five have secrets, but whose will bring down the zeppelin?

ehbooklover Mar 19, 2016

3.5 stars. An extremely well-researched, suspenseful, fictionalized account of the final flight of the Hindenburg airship. The story is very effectively told from the perspective of various people, both crew and passengers. A fast-paced and entertaining read!


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