I've only heard two books so far and this one ranks second. My first listen was The Help.
Delarobia. I could identify with her struggle.
I suppose she brings nuances to the meaning of the main character's journey that I wouldn't have picked up otherwise but it's hard to say.
I think the title is more fitting than many books I've read.
Many other reviewers didn't like the author's reading voice. I happen to find her voice soothing and pleasant the way a favorite teacher might have sounded in elementary school while reading a story to the class. I think Ms Kingsolver was enjoying the experience of reading her book aloud.
The author's notes at the end were extremely interesting and relevant to the story. I listened because I couldn't stop what I was doing at the time but I'm so glad I heard that part.
I liked the reading by the author.
I enjoyed the contemporary subject matter and technology. Thank you to Barbara Kingsolver for the research she did to put together this story in a believable way. Besides the science, she talked about scientists in a respectful way. I also liked her story of the family.
Narrator was fine
boring, just a story to talk about enviromental issues and not a particularly good story
Have always liked most kingsolver books but not this one
Ranks at the top of all of the books I have listened to.
The fact that the author is the reader is particularly genuine.
When you listen to the book you hear the author's inflections and voice.
The main character's relationship and musing about her son's growing up were priceless.
The story is very flowing. Sometimes the descriptive phrases seem to be a bit much, but overall they add to the story. It was a nice listening experience.
I have not listened to her before, but she has a beautiful delivery.
The first day, I was working alone in my studio, and listened for about 6 hours. I would have continued if I didn't have to get back to my life!
This is such a very important message about environmental issues, and the down-to-earth effect they have, or will have on each of us. It really opened my eyes.
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.
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.
Native Californian. Knit awesome socks and mittens while listening.
This is top drawer literature -- by a young woman of our own times. I think the story was harder to craft than Prodigal Summer where the pieces fit together and are so wonderfully thought out; that book took me several listens to get -- and, well, that would be my desert island book if I needed one. This book was perhaps more ambitions; the elements were more difficult to deal with -- an hypothetical natural phenomenon, and a nearly hopeless family structure going back generations. A completely happy ending would have been phoney. The ending we get is plenty good.
I love Kingsolver's use of words and her own reading which gets the accent of her own people, even as she is educated and speaks standard English. Even if she didn't get the accent of the doctor very well, she did okay, and it would be a shame to let an actor try to read her Appalachian characters. As I listened, I wondered how many edits that took and imagined her choosing the exact words. The writing is a treat with exquisite descriptions and situations.
I wanted to cry when Dellarobbia and Cub were Christmas shopping in the dollar store and also having a fight. They kept picking up possible gifts for their precious children, and everything they could remotely afford was inadequate trash. Anybody who doesn't know about poverty might get a feel for it here. It seemed that their whole lives were "You can't get there from here!" All the characters seem trapped by poor choices in the past. I wondered if Dellarobbia was going to fall for Ovid, make a fool of herself, etc. But I recently had a similar experience with a married man who was at a higher level and much more fortunate circumstances. I loved being with him and felt lifted by the new vistas he showed me in a perfectly innocent chat during a four-hour drive. I had not met such an interesting man in decades -- never mind that he went home to a wife! And that is how I believe Dellarobbia felt. Having Ovid's wife show up -- and to see what a pistol she is and how happy he is with her -- that put things in place. Developments toward the end show me what loving parents can do if they bend every prayer and effort to improve the lives of their kids if not their own. The story is quite pithy at family level with secrets coming out and people taking their stands. Several re-listens will only be a richer experience for all this.
Oh, yeah, the book is full of butterflies and ecology and sheep farming. I almost fell out of my chair when mother-in-law Hester got out her niddy-noddy and was weighing and winding yarn! They dyed yarn, and Dellarobbia saved the life of a lovely black female lamb. Some listeners thought there was too much boring ecology preaching, but Prodigal Summer has a bit of that, and science is complicated. We used to ask my physician father questions at the dinner table; he always took a long time to answer because he knew the complications we couldn't imagine. I say let's let Kingsolver educate us a little while she's telling a great story. Let's not be knee-jerk with eyeliner like the awful TV anchor woman. But I begin to blather. Get the book!