I expected unchained liberalism and had no hope for an author reading her own work. However, she gave a very balanced and perceptive point a view to a very difficult subject. Her reading was excellent. She has a very pleasant voice didn't over dramatize her favorite parts. It was very visual and could make a great movie.
I loved the Bean Trees, Prodigal Summer, and the Poisonwood Bible, so I was excited to see a new Barbara Kingsolver novel come out. Sadly, Flight Behavior was slow, boring, and preachy... even a little depressing. Added to that, the narration was simply awful and hard to listen to.
Barbra Kingsolver's portrayal of a Virgin Islander's accent was at first laughable, and then downright annoying.
It was a real treat listening to Barbara Kingsolver read her own book. She has a beautiful voice, and I felt the reading was genuine -- not an outside interpretation. The Appalachian setting and attitudes of the people are believable in my experience, having lived there for a few years. I loved the heroine, Dellarobia -- Kingsolver's best so far. Imagery and symbolism, as they relate to nature and global warming, are powerful and moving.
As the story goes on, voices get lost (Dr. Byron suddenly disappears) and the plot becomes mired in rhetoric. This may sound serious, but there is so much momentum at this point that I never considered putting the book down.
If you've ever admired a butterfly -- or a sheep -- you will love this book as I did.
This book is so good in so many ways it is hard to know where to start. The reader who is also the author gives a sterling performance.
The character development (which is so often lacking in so many of today's works) is fantastic. The viewpoint of rural versus urban is also fantastic. I know, I was born rural and moved to the city. The culture shock is quite shocking. Now the reverse is happening, urban or suburban raised going to the country and watching that has been very interesting! Anyways I absolutely love Barbara Kingsolver and read every word she writes. I think she is one of the urban to rural people with the ability to understand and adequately show to all of us the difference in life experiences and knowledge. From this book I get the feeling that she understands the rural poor, especially those who get stuck in 18th century thought and stay there. I meet them weekly in my trips to the local feed store. These denizens hang on to their Fox News with all their might in the hopes that all is well.
The part which is a phenomenal accomplishment is the part where the author through her main characters explain climate change to others. It is the best rebuttal to all the naysayers I have read and Ms. Kingsolver should be the voice for that type of education in all media and everywhere. She gave many acknowledgements in her book to many different people, including Bill McKibben, but her clear explanation of climate change and its proofs left me awed and I had read Bill McKibben.
At an emotional level, the death of a species is another horrible theme of the book and maybe even a little hope is there for overnight or at least one or two generation evolution. Lyall Watson has written a book on quick evolution and proved it. There is the same hope here.
This past year, a single monarch feasted on a sunflower plant in my yard. I live north of the fire ant invasion now in Texas and in a much earlier year I happened outside just as the large monarch butterfly population was heading towards Mexico via the Texas Hill Country 30 miles north of San Antonio and 150 miles south of where I now live seeing the single monarch. That vision near San Antonio of the delicate filtering of millions of these beautiful butterflies I count as one of the premiere memories I have. The other was when about 20 whooping cranes passed overhead on the way to the Texas coast also near San Antonio, Texas.
I ordered milkweed seeds from the group that advocates planting them via the net and I didn't get them in the ground. I will this year though before I plant anything else come spring. Since non-green government took over the State of Texas, they are spraying herbicides on the freeways and roadsides again, but for a while no spraying was done and no mowing was done where a field of flowers lived. Ignorance and stupidity keeps washing back into politics. We are all monarch butterflies because of it. This summer was mostly over 100 degrees with very little rain. I grow my own, but the only garden plant that survived were the weeds. I have learned to love weed salad!
Surprisingly fiction, captivating.
Barbara Kingsolver crafts yet another amazing and compelling story which is simultaneously complex and incredibly simple. The most shocking component is her ability to craft a work of fiction within the construct of an environmental and biological reality. The growth and arc of the main character is well worth the ride! As with all of her books, I was sad to have it end.
Funny, but I couldn't keep the title in my head...I kept calling it Flight Risk.
Barbara Kingsolver has a wonderful voice, but can be painful to listen to due to her clearly innunciating each word and very slow reading speed. Her reading style was too staccatoed and too intentional with each word painfully articulated and spoken. Each word was read one at a time rather than in a fluid and flowing natural style. In one respect, I loved her reading her own book because I knew I would hear how each word was intended to be heard. However, I think a voice actor would have been much more capitivating. I found her narration so disturbing to listen to from the get-go that I almost considered not listening to it. The story was AMAZING...it's narration was not. Her voices for the different characters were limited and often even slower than the rest of the story, but her voice of Dr. Ovid Byron was fantastic! It is a story I will think about often.
weaving of concern for climate change into story lines of engaging characters.
I will never listen to another "performance" by Barbara Kingsolver. her story was high quality...just wish she'd hire a professional for the performance.
Or at least learn how to pronounce words like hay mow!
The story was very compelling. While listening to the book I had to keep reminding myself that this book is a novel.
Dellarobia is a complex character. She evolved into a champion for the natural world around her.
There were many moments, and the book continues to haunt me. Barbara Kingsolver has written a powerful story that illustrates the diverse challenges that we face as climate change intensifies.
This book obviously required extensive research. Barbara 's fiction highlights a topic that is intentionally obfuscated by those with political and economic agendas. I believe that climate change has to be addressed by bold measures....and soon! Thank you Barbara for using your incredible writing talents to move the conversation along,
An absolute joy to listen to... especially with as read by the author. An intimate view into the lives of the characters. Barbara Kingsolver always delivers a wonderful, entertaining and intriguing story.
I love Barbara Kingsolver and especially love to listen to her books on audio.
Although other listeners don't like her to read her own books, I happen to LOVE her voice and the nuance she brings to her own stories. It's the reason I prefer to listen instead of read a B.K. book.
She is a genius at weaving a story around current environmental issues.
Flight Behavior focuses on the consequences of global warming and touches on other subjects like education in poor communities and more. She does all this very subtly without judgment and fanaticism.
I recommend this and all her other books as well.
Barbara Kingsolver is a writer's writer, choosing words to paint illustrations of the situations in which her characters live. Her description of the Dollar General stores in the Appalachians puts you there between the carts with lopsided wheels, observing the clientele. Beautifully researched and unpredictable as always. Enjoy!