I think anyone who listens will immediately think of Kingsolver's performance of Ovid. Certainly, it was entertaining and interesting to hear Kingsolver perform what she was undoubtedly hearing as she wrote the words.
As far as my favorite character, I'd have to go with Dovey. Oh, Dovey.
There is a sheep birthing scene that is particularly moving. Kingsolver has a talent for making the potentially mundane meaningful.
Barbara is a very good reader. I don't often care for author narration. But this book couldn't be read better.
The story line of the Monarch Butterflies
This book should be required reading for everyone. Her descriptions are great and her portrayal of East Tennessee life is spot on.
Kingsolver often speaks profound truths couched in casual conversation. I am looking for a printed version of this book so I can underline those sections as I did in her book, Poisonwood Bible.
I was pleased with how she handled the voices and accents. Very professional.
Can we send Sarah Palin a copy? She might be able to understand climate change then.
I loved Barbara Kingsolver as narrator. Her Appalachian twang, intonation, and emotion were perfect. I must admit I listened at 1.25 speed which helped immensely.
There was more to the book than just a plot. The author clearly researched her subject and it was an interesting learning experience,
I loved the main character, how she evolves, and how she reconciles her reality and dreams.
Her voice is very sweet and pretty. She paced the reading well.
I love this author. Her stories and characters are complex and easy to to relate to.
I always appreciate learning something new about the world of science and nature through the plots of Kingsolver's novels. In addition to learning about butterflies and ecology through Flight Behavior, I also had the chance to reflect on marriage, parenting, friendship and being a woman who loves to study and grow while staying true to herself and her family.
Delarobia (I'm not sure of the spelling since I listened to the book!)
I appreciated that her inflection emphasized the sections she wanted emphasized as the authore. Her voice is very calming to listen to as well.
Flight behavior is a wonderful book! It is typically the kind of book that I prefer to read than to listen to. The words are beautiful, but the story doesn't move quickly. That said, I enjoyed listening to this a lot.
Dellarobia Turnbow is a wonderful character. She is brilliant and her non-pretentiousness makes her an easy character to cheer for.
Kingsolver's voice is beautiful and her narration adds depth the story. The only issue I had was that her voice is so velvety and relaxing, that I would be overly-relaxed on my commute.
Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.
I was discussing Kingsolver with a pal the other day, so I had to come back and review this sad book. Sad subject, sad thrown-together attempt to make an important ecological argument in a 'woman-finding-herself' novel...what a mess!
Ms. Kingsolver's early books are like magical chants to me, almost; the settings so Southwest I feel the heat, desert quiet, 'animal dreams'......but this book feels like a throw-away, like she owed the publisher one more. I was shocked. It is just really awful.
If she wanted to make a statement about the loss of monarch butterflies, she should have written an essay, as a biologist, for a periodical.
This is a tale of unremarkable people stuck in lives I really don't want to know about. To be candid, I could not finish it. In fact I could not stand it after 2 hours of listening. Maybe the story perked up later but I did not have the patience to finish.
Toronto, Canada. Audible enthusiast since 2001.
This book was beautifully written, with many literary devices thrown in, making it really rich for analysis. The main character was so believable and I couldn't help but sympathize with her reflections on her own choices. The main theme of irrevocable choices and the paths they lead us down was common both to the character's life and the state of the planet, as illustrated by the butterflies. The message at the end -- that we can get off the path, but it's really hard -- reverberated again in personal choices and global ones. There are also some interesting points of reflection: that we have to make some hard choices in personal consumption to avoid environmental disasters, and that for many, these aren't even choices -- just the way poorer people live. Also that we tend to choose our personal beliefs based on the people we associate with, rather than thinking critically for ourselves, and that it becomes difficult to even begin to think critically, because we are only paying attention to those who believe what we believe. The juxtaposition of this Appalachian shotgun-housewife with a Caribbean/American entomologist sets the stage for reflexivity and change. I love that Barbara Kingsolver read the book herself -- her reading is lyrical.