I grew up near the area represented in this story, and could vividly picture real people in these characters' situations. The pace of the story was not too fast, not too slow, just as life in rural Tennessee can be.
I appreciated that each character had flaws and strengths; this kept each of them important to the story.
The central character, Dellarobia was my favorite character. She evoked sympathy as well as respect, as she managed her family and herself in a less than friendly situation.
The author/narrator did a good job of making Cub seem to be the affable, immature, little boy inside a man's body. But she also made him likeable in her slow way of speaking his lines.
I was definitely engaged in the story; I listen to audiobooks when I run, and wanting to hear the story helped motivate me to go out even on the cold, raw days!
Better might be difficult to discern. I might have read it with a Tennessee accent in my mind if reading, but Barbara wrote the words so the full intent of the phrasing came through beautifully.
The Language of Flowers. The main characters in both books had troubling childhoods with little parental supervision hence they had to work much harder at making the relationships in their lives work.
Hester was a favorite because her sarcasm gave her just the right piss and vinager to make her personal confession near the end seem real and sincere.
Ovid was to me the figure who stood out. An educator, devoted to his "flocks of subjects" was so very dedicated to his work and wife that he never even noticed that he was the source of much adulation.
Loved having this book read to me by the author. I would love it if more authors has the voice to do it.
Marriage and Family Therapist
The writing is pitch perfect. The characters are so well painted. You can hear their voices. They are real - not villains or heroes, but people struggling to do their best, given their live's struggles. As always, Kingsolver weaves these individual perspectives against a backdrop of the social, environmental and political aspects of climate change - allowing us, through fiction to see the potential losses heading our way.
In some ways, this is one of her sadder stories. But she brings hope into the picture as well, and a touch of redemption too.
Normally, I'm wary when an author reads their own work, but she did an amazing job bringing her story and characters to life.
Ultimately, a very satisfying listen!
Engaging, Enticing, Entertaining
Preston, a sweet child. I loved the Christmas watch. And the protagonist, who shown saintly restraint with Hester.
Barbara's voice was perfect for the Appalachian region of the setting. Of course, she knew what she wanted to convey and she is an excellent reader.
Yes, but that was impossible for me.I could not wait to get back to it at the end of the day.
Lovers of Barbara's earlier fiction will find this story more in the vein of Prodigal Summer and even Poisonwood Bible. I think Barbara is a solid writer with an engaging way with language, but I think she may want to consider a pen name for her more esoteric works like Lacuna.
Unexpected depth of characters, amazing science woven in, typical Kingsolver magic! The author's reading of her own work is impeccable. She voices the soul of her characters.
I have enjoyed each of Barbara Kingsolver's novels. I usually read them in book form. This is the first that I listened to via audible. When I listen to books from my favorite authors, I usually don't enjoy them as much as when I read them. In this case, I absolutely enjoyed listening to the book. I listen during my one hour commute each way to and from work. I couldn't wait for the next car ride to continue Flight Behavior.
In the end where she was explaining to her children she would be moving out.
Avid Audible Fan, Outdoor Enthusiast, Love Historical Fiction Novels, have always loved books
global warming novel
I haven't ready anything else similar to this book
I loved Dellarobia. I liked watching her grow and expand during the novel.
The pivotal moment when Dellarobia first saw the butterflies.
One of my favorite writers; she has such an amazing way with words
Absolutely. Barbara Kingsolver's book is an eyeopener. A wonderful story with detail, observation and insight. A cast of characters thrown together because of a beautiful, yet foreboding aberration of nature. As you move through the story with Dellarobia, you see her understanding of her life and the world shift.
I love the way the story is written; the way the sentences are put together is like poetry. The observations and descriptions are startling. She goes from capturing the day to day life of a mother with young children to describing the work of a field biologist seamlessly.
At first, I felt frustrated by the pace of the reading, but after a while, I enjoyed the way she read each sentence in a way that lets you really appreciate the her style of writing. I also like how her accent gives the book a sense of place; not only does the dialog sound Southern, but the descriptions do as well.
A couple of them: When she is in the dollar store with her husband trying to find something they can afford for their kids and with Hester in the car near the end of the book. Also, when she realizes the idea that the butterflies are more than a collection of individuals, they are an entire species, dependent on each other. They can't be saved one at a time.
It is hard to move on to another book after this one. I felt the same way about Poisonwood Bible. Even after listening to this, I am planning to buy the book so I can reread it and keep it.
I have always enjoyed Barbara Kingsolver. This book is an enjoyable story- but even more, it is a chilling forecast of what is happening on our earth, as species begin to flag with all the implications of our global warming and pollution. Thanks, Barbara, for the work you are dong to painlessly educate us about the mess we're in.