I'm an artist and an art historian, and a chef, and a dog mom, master crocheter, a mediocre gardener, and a girlfriend, mostly. My favorite authors (in equal amounts of favorite) are Tom Robbins, Jane Austen, J.D. Salinger, and Haruki Murakami.
This was a beautiful story, that I just couldn't set down. Being from Appalachia myself, and knowing the struggle the main character felt--grasped my heart. This story will not be forgotten.
Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite writers. The characters are true and there is science woven through the lives of ordinary people so that I am compelled to do further study. I just wish she would give a professional reader the work. Her voice is fine when she reads female narrative, but the male voices and accents are dreadful and distract from the brilliant prose.
Barbara Kingsolver is a wonderful author. Loved her performance also. The story, obviously is fictional. Also, monarch butterflies west of the Rockies migrate to groves on the Central Coast of California not to Mexico. But climate change has definitely affected all monarch butterflies
Barbara Kingsolver is an amazing writer and an unforgettable reader. I am so glad I chose this book! I already miss the characters and Ms. Kingsolver's voice. Can not recommend more highly.
I love the way the author gets out a message through an uplifting fictional story. It is long book and is really slow until the halfway point. Good ending
interesting, well written and well read by the author. I enjoyed getting to know Dellarobia and Cub and the rest of the cast of characters against the backdrop of the new found home of the migratory monarch butterfly. Nice and seemingly well researched story of a family and world in transition.
I expected this to be an environmental tale, but it was more firmly the tale of how a small-town woman feels about children, men, family in general, and being "stuck" in a socioeconomic class she has never 100% identified with. Kingsolver spends a huge amount of time rehashing women's issues that have been beaten so hard for so long in Oprah's Book Club that the dead horse is only bones. The actual environmental theme is interesting, somewhat original, well thought out, and apropos. The writing is extremely high quality if you can slog through another explanation of why a woman is bored in her marriage and stuck in it due to bad teen decisions. All male characters are flat and only presented from the myopic perspectives of the semi stereotypical women. That said, the female characters are fairly well developed, if also commonplace. Overall, the book is an OK read, probably best left to women who strongly identify with semi-traditional female emotional perspectives. I'm betting that Flight Behavior was probably on Oprah's list nearly immediately.
Barbara Kingsolver is by far the best author/narrator I know. Being a southern appalachia native, I so appreciated her authentic accent in this story which takes place in the Tennessee mountains. And her writing is as beautiful as her voice. But the situations that make up this story, both environmental and relationship, were unrelentingly depressing.
I am happiest with a story in my ear. I earn my living as a strategist and work hard as a mom of 2 boys. I'm 45, mixed race, Black & Jewish.
I listened to this full book twice over the course of the last two years because it was so engaging...and I imagine I'll listen to it again at some point. Classic Kingsolver: well developed characters, flawless prose, and an insight into the natural world. Even the narration itself is beautifully accomplished.