I love Barbara Kingsolver's writing and her narration is perfect.
There is so much wisdom and compassion in this book. I found myself constantly stopping to listen to a line or a section again and again hoping to commit them to memory.
I have all her work on audible so it is like listening to an old friend.
Kingsolver is not a professional reader; she should leave that art to an expert. She tries too hard to pronounce every work carefully so the flow of her own language is lost. The book is worth reading, but the lectures on ecology do get tiresome.
I loved that Barbara Kingsolver read the book herself. It allows the listener to hear her words exactly the way she intended. The ending was disappointing, but not because of the way it was written.
I found this book to be laborious and dull. Not at all like "Poisonwood". Some things just seemed to be amateurish (the mother-in-law especially) in character development and the relationship with the lead. I really struggled to read the whole thing. I didn't care what happened. And I am an ecologically supportive kind of person with a certified Monarch Habitat. It should have interested me. But no.
Add some energy, some real tension. The tension was weak.
Dull. Hire a trained professional. Sorry to be mean - but it may have been better if performed better.
Mother-in-law. Weird dead newborn with 'fur'. That was silly.
Say something about yourself!
I would rank this book in the top 10%. The author reads it, her accent and slow southern rhythms really add to the story. Excellent writing and character development.
It is similar to The Prodigal Summer, both take place in the south, involve a nature aspect, family life, church and southern culture, and strong female characters. I would rank Prodigal Summer a bit higher then this one for the story. I felt like there was too much 'science' at times that certain character plots got dropped along the way, but overall a very enjoyable read.
Her accent and pace.
Dovey. She reminds me of myself.
Barbara Kingsolver's narration was spot on. Very enjoyable listen. The story was captivating and I wish the Monarchs were truly wintering in here instead of Mexico.
Avid Reader and Listener.... enjoy classics, poetry, memoir. Teach College English.
I listened to the audible edition of this book and love the way Kingsolver reads her own works. She is a master that holds the listener with "rapt attention." It is a real treat to hear her narrate.
After reading two previous novels by Kingsolver, as well as two volumes of her essays and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, I feel that her writing portrays a depth of thinking and passion unlike many popular writers. Her ability to weave a story that contains an important message and realistic characters facing realistic circumstance is to be admired. As I’ve said before in other reviews, I do not always agree with Kingsolver’s position on certain political points but I admire the way she thinks. She brings intelligence and emotion into the perfect, most delicate balance and truly shows the sensibilities of a strong, loving woman, mother and wife.
Flight Behavior kept me engaged from start to finish. The story of Dellarobia Turnbow honestly portrays a certain type of person who in one way doesn’t seem to be real but in the other is the woman who just lives right down the road here in southern Appalachia. Dellarobia’s complicated life and even more complicated family turmoil carries the story forward and has the reader cheering for her along the way but we are never sure until the end how Dellarobia is changed by the “miracle” she witnesses.
I was sad to see the book end and sad, yet satisfied with the ending of the book. While I don’t agree 100 percent with all of Kingsolver’s ideologies, she communicates what she feels important in the most eloquent of ways through her well-written, emotional prose that carries the reader along the lines with a real purpose in her prose.
I've read everything in print from Kingsolver. The biggest knock I've had on BK is that her writing is as good as it gets, but her stories (with the exception of Poisonwood Bible) typically do not have a lot of content and are not all that interesting. Beautiful to read - just not always that interesting.
Flight is typical of BK in that it is beautiful to read - but different in the sense that her main character is very well developed (a young, married mother of two young children, who wants more out of life), she shares a lot of insights about life (especially about young, mismatched newlyweds and the aspirations of young mothers who put their dreams on hold to raise children), and she draws attention to the risk of ecological disaster (in this case using the conceit of stranded Monarch butterflies).
Although this book was never a page turner - I always looked forward to reading it and never felt bored or restless. She is simply too beautiful and insightful of a writer to leave you uninterested.
Surprisingly, BK disproved the usual rule that authors should not narrate their own books. Although she does not have the chops of a professional narrator, she did an above average job of narrating and she had the obvious advantage of knowing exactly how she wanted each character to sound.
The narration is perfect for the story, but the environmental message behind the plot is a little heavy handed. If you already know a lot about ecology, the revelations of the main character aren't as awe inspiring as the author would like them to be. If you are looking for your first Kingsolver book, listen to The Poisonwood Bible. It is riveting!
The lightness and humor in the story. Liked least - the surprise attack of environmentalist "speech-ifying", that made the story seem as if it transitioned from a light and airy sailboat ride to being imprisoned on a stranded oil barge.
The professor's wife, because of the author's skill in describing a character so well that it seemed almost as if she could have walked off the page into real life.
Dinner with the professor.
Yes, but only if the preaching were excised in its entirety. If an author feels that she has a good story with a good message, why does she feel the need to pause and batter the reader with the message?
The author's reading of her work is better than most of the professional readers the audiobook companies employ.