I have read and adored Barbara Kingsolver's books for decades, but this is this first time I've heard her read her work. That voice! It just rings so true and takes me straight back to my Georgia childhood. Thank you, Barbara Kingsolver, for this marvelous and wise book, for your authentic voice, for steering clear of the easy southern cliches, for this trip home.
A day spent without learning something is a day wasted.
Really a chore to get through. Instead of what I believe was meant to be an uplifting fable, this novel made me despair for the uneducated, willfully ignorant masses. The climax was predictable from the onset, further enforcing my opinion that I should not have bothered to finish reading. I expect better from this author.
I Love Olive
I first read the book, and loved it so much I immediately read it again, slower. then got the audio and have listened to it twice. just a great story, with authors take on environmental issues thrown in. one of my all time favorites.
Author Barbara Kingsolver trained as a biologist,and she brings a trove of scientific knowledge and a researcher's perspective to her novels.
Which is great, but not even the best part. Her love of the Appalachian mountains, the people who live in them and the language they use, infuses the narrative. Phrases like "great day in the morning!" and "a lick and a promise" turn up in Kingsolver's books like precious gems unearthed and displayed in just the right setting.
She weaves her stories through the experiences of a variety of characters, young & old, city and country. It's wonderful to watch these characters grow as they persist & interact.
I absolutely love the authors reading of the book. She does a great job creating different character voices, and of course in rendering the nuances of Appalachian, her mother tongue.
Listening to this novel has helped me clarify and to articulate some long-held feelings about our relationship with the land.
Great book, but Barbara speaks at a cadence slower than slow! It was often frustrating and took away from the story which moved quickly. This is a book I wish I would have read myself.
Discovery of mega-colony of Monarch Butterflies "wintering" in the wrong place.
Yes. Story, characters, and science drew me in.
The narration was terrible. I couldn't get past the 6th chapter because of the narration, and the book is so boring.
No. I wouldn't ever buy another book that she narrates.
Sadly, it didn't have any redeeming qualities at all.
This was a great book and very thought provoking. A wake up call for all of us for sure as we weather present day storms of mythic proportion. We live in a world that requires such delicate balance and I think of this book all the time and just wonder..... Having a daughter who is a geology major has opened my eyes to many earthy questions and some scary insight makes me wonder too....
The story is also very good and the characters well developed......good read!
I loved the parts about nature. The characters were bland and predictable.
It was just okay. I didn't necessarily dislike anything (except the accent of Dr. Byron), I just wasn't blown away by it either.