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.
I enjoyed the story very much. engaging and satisfying. Occasionally I wanted another voice. Thanks!
Barbara Kingsolver is the absolute master of describing ordinary life in the face of extraordinary circumstances. A seemingly freak-of-nature occurrence as told by Kingsolver opens eyes to thoughtful consideration of our world and the delicate balance(s) in which we exist.
Kingsolver's writing is brilliant, well researched and poignant. For anyone who has not read her previous works including the Poisonwood Bible and a more recent nonfiction account of her family's' experiment in living close to nature go quickly and add them to your library.
A lecture about the environment couched in character development.
The narration is poetic and there were some very sweet moments in the story.
If you haven't listened to Barbara Kingsolver before then I recommend listening to the Prodigal Summer instead. I may go back and listen to this story again. It left an impression on me but I need to listen again to pin it down.