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Air Babylon

Air Babylon [Kindle Edition]

Imogen Edwards-Jones
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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A mile-high journey through the best kept secrets of the airline industry

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Holiday Read 31 Aug 2006
Definitely an enjoyable read - good for the holidays, provided you're not too squeamish about reading things like this when you may be flying. Having some experience of the airline industry, it certainly rings true to life.

The only thing I would pick up, and apologies for the pedantry here, is the claim that both the airport and airline have been "anonymized". I'm afraid that's only true in the loosest of senses - the geographical background is very much Heathrow, and some of the jargon used is rather British Airways specific. That failed artifice, for me, lost the book its 5th star.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing 31 Mar 2008
I read 'Air Babylon' during a recent trip to NY, enduring a number of BA cabin crew telling me it was all pure fiction. It is a very interesting concept in revealing the trade secrets of a chosen industry and a difficult one to pull off - my only criticism is that the 'do you remember the time that..." anecdotes come a bit too thick and fast towards the end of the book and do not flow into the day's diary of events as smoothly as the earlier chapters set in the Airport. There is some real food for thought here (speaking of which, you may never eat an airline meal again after reading this). In summary 'Air Babylon' will really get you thinking about very aspect of the flying experience next time you pass through a UK Airport, which may not be a good thing for the more nervous flyers out there.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Angelz
I loved this book. As a frequent long distance flyer and an employee in the hotel business I felt I could relate to most of what went on the book.It also opened my eyes to many events that must occur whilst flying and how airline staff deal with them - things that I had not considered before. My husband is a terrible flyer and he also read this book and in a bizare way it assisted him overcome some of his previous fears and gave him a few new things to think about.This book made me laugh (and cry) and since reading it I have bought all of the others in the series and thoroughly enjoyed them too, especially Hotel Babylon. Even if you are not a big reader buy this book and give it a go as it is a great read!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not accurate, but charming and fun. 16 Nov 2006
By Mat
This may not be the most accurate portrayal of life behind the scenes at an airline, but it's a really pleasant read, makes you laugh and is just good fun.

It made me smile almost every page, and isn't detailed enough to bore the pants off non-flyers.

Granted - it's more of a novel, than a behind the scenes expose, but it's still a well written journey through a life that many of will never get to see.

I recommend it as a no nonsense, good fun read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars silly but .... 10 Jun 2009
silly but funny! Of course it's all ridiculously exaggerated and contrived. no single flight could possibly have dead bodies, air rage, and sex as well as all the other crazy things that happen. but the author is honest enough to admit it's all a compliation of stories from various people and it's very easy to read. I agree with a few earlier comments that it's odd that the main character is a man - not totally convinced by that - but it's a great book for a holiday and I'm glad I finally got around to reading it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unadulterated good fun 26 Jun 2006
this book is pure enjoyment. funny, silly, and a real eye opener. I now trust no-one in the airline industry, not that i ever did anyway. Bravo Miss edwards-jones
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I got this book as a birthday present from my brother without asking for it and not even having heard of it. I read it with a lot of scepticism. However, by about the 3rd page all of that had gone and i discovered that, like Hotel Babylon, this book is hilarious on every page.

Imogen Edward-Jones has written a truly incredible book here and it certainly makes you think twice when you fly, although i do still query the truthfulness of it all! If you are looking for a present or a holiday read then get it...or of course if you just want a good laugh over a few hundred pages then its perfect for that too! The only thing to remember is to be nice to your check-in staff next time (read the book and see why!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 10 Sep 2005
I really enjoyed this book, and to make it even better, i lent it to a collegue who has been an air hostess for a couple of airlines, she also found it hilarious, and whats more, she says that as far as she's concerned, it's all very likely to be true!! (even though she wouldn't admit anything herself!)
Just don't read it after flying, but if your about to go on a long haul, read it, it might just help you survice the flight a little better!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book! Arrived quickly
Published 21 days ago by Mo_nike
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
a great holiday read
what really happens on board a plane and at the airports
was this any fiction or all fact
Published 3 months ago by kate
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This is a very Funny and well written book I enjoyed reading.
Good deal for me. I advise it.
Published 11 months ago by bernard schiha
3.0 out of 5 stars If you read it as a beach novel and do not take it too seriously, it...
Ones attitude to the book is likely going to depend on the expectations - if you were hoping for a first hand expose of the industry, Barbara Ehrenreich style, disappointment is... Read more
Published 11 months ago by AK
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written.
Brilliantly written - I couldn't put it down.

Fascinating insight into a day at an airport and onboard a flight. Read more
Published 12 months ago by k self
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny!
Being in the aviation world I find this book funny but a bit too much. It doesn't always happen like said in the book, but I guess that's the point of it: just mix it all in a... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Marta Teixeira
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
If you have wondered what really goes on behind the scenes then this book is for you. Could not put it down!!
Published 18 months ago by amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Like all books in the babylon range this one is great too specially for a regular traveller by air its funny and interesting at the same time!
Published 24 months ago by dankent
4.0 out of 5 stars Might not want to read before flying!
Edwards-Jones' `Babylon' books began with the now infamous `Hotel Babylon' which subsequently became a popular British UK series a couple of years ago. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2011 by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny
Very funny and gives a great insight into what goes on behind the scenes - I'll definitely be extra nice to airport/plane staff from now on!
Published on 22 Sep 2011 by emuholly
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