Kingsolver needs to find someone who narrates as well as she writes. Her speaking voice is monotonic and depressingly unable to express the individuality of different characters, men and women alike. The result: I gave up after several hours. Once past a confusing opening section, the story provided enough occasional pleasure to keep me going until (as noted) the negative qualities of her reading wore away my resolve to stick it out to the end.
Let me begin this review by saying I love almost everything Barbara Kingsolver has written. She has a solid place on my bookshelf with both her works of fiction and her wonderful book "Animal Vegetable, Miracle." This story attempts to combine both a fictional setting and characters to educate the reader on the very real threat of global warming. While I agree with the message, I couldn't have disliked the story or characters more. I found them on the whole whiny, and the repetitive dialog mind numbingly boring. Skip this book altogether. Read "Animal Vegetable, Miracle instead.
In Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver brings us into the lives of others in a way that only she can. The novel is subtle, it never hits you over the head, there are no plot twists or suspenseful moments. Rather, we inhabit the lives of the characters at their own pace, with their unique language.
The experience of reading a Kingsolver novel is full of moments when the turn of a phrase, or the description of internal experience is so full of insights about humanity, one cannot help but to pause and think. Yet it is never intellectually taxing or self0referentially 'deep'.
In this audiobook performance, the narrator is the author, who so truly understands her language, that the experience is seemless. I look forward to the next novel that this gem of an author can give us.
Say something about yourself!
Enjoyed this book very much. Makes you step back & think about what we are doing to our environment & realizing once bad things start to happen, there is no 'going back' and having a re-do.
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.