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Airman

by Eoin Colfer
Read by John Keating

Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group | December 26, 2007 | Audio Book (CD)

Airman is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 3.
Conor Broekhart was born to fly. In fact, legend has it that he was born flying, in a hot air balloon at the Paris World’s Fair.

In the 1890s Conor and his family live on the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. Conor spends his days studying the science of flight with his tutor and exploring the castle with the king’s daughter, Princess Isabella. But the boy’s idyllic life changes forever the day he discovers a deadly conspiracy against the king. When Conor tries to intervene, he is branded a traitor and thrown into jail on the prison island of Little Saltee. There, he has to fight for his life, as he and the other prisoners are forced to mine for diamonds in inhumane conditions.  

There is only one way to escape Little Saltee, and that is to fly. So Conor passes the solitary months by scratching drawings of flying machines on the prison walls. The months turn into years; but eventually the day comes when Conor must find the courage to trust his revolutionary designs and take to the skies.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.93 × 5.08 × 1.15 in

Published: December 26, 2007

Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0739359746

ISBN - 13: 9780739359747

Appropriate for ages: 14

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Airman I'd wished they'd make a sequel to this book because I enjoyed it alot. It was also amazing how Eoin Colfer decided to make The Saltees as a habitable place for Humans to live, even though ity was abandoned for almost a century. Connor Broekhart was born a Aviator at birth, he was actually born in an hot-air Balloon. After returning to the Saltees Connor grows up to be a bright young man also known as "A swashbuckling scientist" by Isabelle, his friend. He is trainted by Victo Vigny, a fellow Aviator was sees that Connor has potential to be an airman. So Connor is trained to be a swordsman as well as a scientist. Then one night Connor discovers that Bonvilian (A general of the king) is planning a plot to assasinate King Nick. Bonvilian successfully kills Victor and the King and blames Connor as a murder and so he is sent to the little Saltees for a life time.Connor spends two years in Jail becoming Connor Finn,a fierce Battering ram (Someone who is trained for all attacks) with brains.Connor plans a escape by air, he successfully escapes. He plans to go America and become a famous scientist, but his plans are thwarted when Bonvilian discovered that he escaped. Bonvilian threatens to poison the Queen and his family and blame it all on the airman (Connor). Connor builds a engine powered airplane to save Queen Isabelle and his Parents. In this battle Bonvilian drinks the poison at falls downwards towards the saltee oceans and he dies. In the ending Connor is to go to Glascow University in Ireland and the story ends with Isabelle sayig goodbye to him.
Date published: 2011-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Adventure Tale At birth, Conor Broekhart was a phenomenon for being born in a balloon. At age five Conor Broekhart saved the princess from death by using his skills with flight, becoming the kingdom’s golden boy. By age ten he’s studying with the creator of that balloon, Victor Vigny, and designing methods of flight. Conor Broekhart was obviously destined to fly. At age 14, Conor has been branded a traitor and is being sent to the Little Saltees , a prison camp. The thing is, Conor’s innocent. Well, at least for the crime he’s been accused of- namely, assisting one Victor Vigny in murdering the king. What really happened is this: 1. Bonvilain, a commander of the army, murdered the king and Victor Vigny. 2. Conor Broekhart saw the crime. 3. Conor Broekhart saw the crime! Naturally Bonvilain can’t leave any witnesses so he sends Conor off to the Little Saltees to mine diamonds. Locked away from the world and forsaken by the world, Conor spends his years in prison forming alliances and plotting ways to escape. And what better way to escape from prison than using flight? Sometimes the book began to get a little predictable but just as I was about to get bored, Eoin Colfer would throw in some sort of twist. In fact, I thought Airman was much better than any of the Artemis Fowl books. I admit that I’ve grown tired of the Artemis Fowl books (although I’ll still be reading the next one) but I know that if Eoin Colfer writes another historical fiction novel I’ll definitely be picking it up. As always Eoin Colfer introduces a variety of interesting characters, including Catherine (Conor's mother), Princess Isabella and Linus Wynter. It’s a well-researched historical fiction book and had the feel of swashbuckling tales like The Three Musketeers and the Count of Monte Cristo. If you enjoy adventure novels, you should definitely pick this up. Eoin Colfer (as always) tells a good story.
Date published: 2008-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Want to fly? You want to fly? Well then this is the book for you. This book is especially great for children with enthusiasm for flying. I like about this book is that instead of just having one problem to deal with, Conor Broakheart (the hero) keeps finding problems with every solution. Or, rather the problems find him. I did not really like when Conor had to face Otto Malarkey (a member of the battering rams) and make a deal with him, which includes sparing Otto's life in exchange for learning how to fence It's a great book and I recommend it for children 10-12. Enjoy!
Date published: 2008-03-30

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Airman

Airman

by Eoin Colfer
Read by John Keating

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.93 × 5.08 × 1.15 in

Published: December 26, 2007

Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0739359746

ISBN - 13: 9780739359747

From the Publisher

Conor Broekhart was born to fly. In fact, legend has it that he was born flying, in a hot air balloon at the Paris World’s Fair.

In the 1890s Conor and his family live on the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. Conor spends his days studying the science of flight with his tutor and exploring the castle with the king’s daughter, Princess Isabella. But the boy’s idyllic life changes forever the day he discovers a deadly conspiracy against the king. When Conor tries to intervene, he is branded a traitor and thrown into jail on the prison island of Little Saltee. There, he has to fight for his life, as he and the other prisoners are forced to mine for diamonds in inhumane conditions.  

There is only one way to escape Little Saltee, and that is to fly. So Conor passes the solitary months by scratching drawings of flying machines on the prison walls. The months turn into years; but eventually the day comes when Conor must find the courage to trust his revolutionary designs and take to the skies.

About the Author

Eoin Colfer is the New York Times bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Half Moon Investigations, The Wish List, and The Supernaturalist. Listen to all of these on audio from Listening Library. Eoin is also the author of Eoin Colfer’s Legend of . . . books, Benny and Omar, and Benny and Babe. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.Visit his website at www.eoincolfer.com

Appropriate for ages: 14