I love the audiobooks that Barbara Kingsolver has narrated- the character voices and the cadence of her storytelling just enriches the already stunning poetry that she writes time and time again. This book was a treat- I randomly picked it off my wish list not really knowing the plot and it was exactly- exactly!- what I was wanting and needing. The threads woven through the stories are so fascinating and always realistic but never boring. Barbara Kingsolver has a way to make magic out of the most mundane scenes. She has me looking at the world so much differently.
The story was very engaging. I find it disappointing how Christianity takes a hit with some mocking of the faith. Not all Christians ignore global warming. I did have to listen to it at 1.25x speed. While Kingsolver's narration is pleasant, and her voice is appealing, she annunciates every syllable to a maddening degree. Most of the time it seemed at normal pace while listening at 1.25x speed.
I wished a male with an accurate accent could have read the part of the male scientist, rather than Kingsolver herself .
The unexpected turn of this book made it even more enjoyable than the images created by Ms. Kingsolver's words. I enjoyed every minute of it and wonder where the characters are now. I miss them already.
I wish every species had a champion who can make their environmental struggles as accessible as she does those in this book. By telling the story of the Monarchs through the eyes of this character, full of mistakes and hopes, eminently likable and recognizable, Kingsolver puts the global warming crisis unavoidably at center stage.
Love to listen and walk or run and knit, knit knit
I heard her lecture at a Vogue Knitting event and she was superb, so had to try her book. It was an okay listen, but I much preferred the Poisonwood Bible--an all time favorite.
Beautifully written, almost poetic in a down-to-earth way. Kingsolver's main character copes in a loveless marriage and finds herself and her true potential when butterflies and scientists come her way.
It's not predictable and manages to sympathetically handle the threatening end of a marriage and a species with intelligence, examining them from a number of different angles. I could see all the characters very clearly in my mind while I was reading (listening). The scene with the lamb's birth brought me to tears.
Barbara Kingsolver weaves a story that hooks you in and makes you part of the weft. Her characters are like no one you have ever known and a best friend at the same time.
Kingsolver manages to shed light on the grave possibilities waiting for the world if we don't alter our own behaviors and soon.