Version: Unabridged
Author: Eoin Colfer
Narrator: John Keating
Genres: Fiction, Teen
Publisher: Listening Library
Published In: December 2007
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 20 minutes
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Airman is set in the 1890's on the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. It is the story of Conor Broekhart, a young Saltee Islander whose father, Declan, is the King's bodyguard. When Conor discovers that the power hungry Marshall Hugo Bonvilain is organizing a military coup, the king is murdered and Conor is blamed for the crime and thrown into prison.
In prison, Conor passes the solitary months by scratching designs for flying machines into the walls. This has always been his dream, to win the race for flight.
After two years, Conor now sixteen, plans and executes a daring escape to the mainland. Initially he plans to return home, but realizes that this would put his entire family in danger, so instead he builds a glider to fly to the prison island and reclaim the diamonds he buried there from the prison mine. Eight bags of diamonds, means eight trips.
Conor's father is beginning to question Bonvilain's rule, and so the marshall decides to use his son to blackmail him. This is when he realizes that Conor has escaped. He also finds Conor's drawings and realizes that he is the mysterious Airman who has been flying around the prison island.
Bonvilain arrests Conor's whole family to trap him. To save them, Conor will have to build the flying machine that he has been dreaming of all these years.

Reviews (3)

Airman's great

Written by Anonymous on November 2nd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was great. It kept my two girls (7 & 9) on the edge of their seat! It was quite sad in parts, so although we really liked it, we were not willing to listen to it again, since we would have to relive the sad parts too.

High Flying

Written by ToniL on November 21st, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Absolutely wonderful story and as the prior reviewer indicated it is not juvenile reading. The story is captivating, inspiring and kept me on the edge of my seat. I adore the reader, his timing is impeccable and he was fantastic with his ability to portray various persona. Great book for everyone.


Written by Donn Edwards on August 10th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I can't understand why the publishers call this "Young Fiction". It's brilliant, and will appeal to children of ALL ages. The story has pace, humour, and a good story line. It has swashbuckling fights, narrow escapes, rescue, and more. I listened intently as the narrator did a fine job. This is not sci-fi like Artemis Fowl. But don't let that put you off. It's a great story, brilliantly told, and thoroughly enjoyable.

Author Details

Author Details

Colfer, Eoin

Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher, historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with gripping Viking stories inspired by history he was learning in school at the time!

After leaving school he got his degree from Dublin university and qualified as a primary school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been translated into many languages. A sequel followed in 1999, followed by some other books (see below). Then in 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published and he was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing.

He says, "I will keep writing until people stop reading or I run out of ideas. Hopefully neither of these will happen anytime soon."

He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.