The story was OK but mediocre. It is no Poisonwood Bible.
The ending was OK.
The audio was pretty well done.
My admiration for Barbara Kingsolver is boundless! Her body of work is so diverse, and each book so painstakingly researched and crafted, I wonder how she can get it all done in a 24 hour day, since I assume she's also the perfect wife and mother, not to mention farmer and producer of most of the family's meat and vegetables!
This book, about a beautiful phenomenon-cum-natural disaster, is well written, riveting and full of science. Full of my new "expertise" on Monarch butterflies, I was astonished to find a Monarch in my N. Florida backyard while I was listening to the book! It was injured and unable to fly. It contentedly crawled onto my finger and up my arm. As I carried it to the Beautyberry bush, I held it to the light and realized how absolutely perfectly Ms. Kingsolver had described the creature down to the texture of the wings. It was a remarkable experience.
The book's title is perfect, because it captures not only the behavior of the Monarchs, but also of the main character, and her flight "from pillar to post", and eventually to a different life, and other characters as well - maybe all of them! Let's just say multiple metamorphoses took place! I love the way Ms. Kingsolver's compassion and kindness come through, even when her characters are in situations where they HAVE to inflict pain on another to get to that next stage.
I could see how some might be a little put off by the author's reading of the book - her voice is not typical for a recorded book reader. But her intelligence and intention shine through and to me, it felt very personal having someone I admire so much read me my bedtime story!
It made me cry more than once, and laugh often, as is typical for Barbara Kingsolver's books.
I have loved every book by Barbara Kingsolver, but I was half way through this one still waiting to love it. I couldn't stand the main character and her endless whining about her life. It all seemed to trite. And the names of the characters were so absurd it made me feel like the author was making fun of the poor, that they would name their children such stupid things. I just felt angry listening to the book and not at the book "bad guys." Every character was either good or bad, ignorant or brilliant .One dimensional. I gave up.
If you are a huge Barbara Kingsolver fan, you may enjoy it.
No, not this genre but maybe the author.
I would have preferred another reader, as I found Barbara Kingsolver's voice and her attempt at different accents with the various characters distracting.
The characters were well developed and by the end, you felt you knew them.
The book seemed an odd mix of plots, with one story being life on the farm, and another somewhat disconnected one about butterflies. I felt I was being preached at about environmental issues.
Luminous writing pulls you in from the beginning. I just wish there was a better narrator than the author.
She should stick to her day job as a writer and leave the narration to the professionals. I hope Audible will re-record this book with someone else. She did a poor job distinguishing between the character's voice and her accents for Ovid Byron was not convincing.
Story is great. Wish I had read it as the author is the narrator and is poor especially her Jamaican (?) accent.
If this is never rerecorded with a professional narrator, read it instead. Sorry I love audio books but.....
Beautifully written, as always...
I've read many of her books, loved most of them.
I don't know narrators names, but Kingsolver's sing song, immature voice is NOT right for this book.
I have found this book riveting. Barbara Kingsolve really brings home the effects of global warming. It also demonstrates how our domestic economic policy places struggling farm families between a moral rock and a hard place.
I love being read to in the author's voice.
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.
The Poison Wood Bible is one of my most beloved books, so I came into this with very high expectations. I respect Ms. Kingsolver and her work but I didn't feel for these characters or their exploits. I kept hoping it would pick up but the narrative plotted along at an uneventful pace.
I was most disappointed in the performance. I so wish that in general authors would leave it to the professionals for narration. Although I found Ms. Kingsolver's voice distracting and irritating in her book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle it was forgivable considering it was mainly a memoir, but true fiction deserves to shine with the very specific skills of an actor.