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Sarah

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  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1419)
    Performance
    (1237)
    Story
    (1245)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    Marcia says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Boring is just the beginning..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    for starters, a different narrator. Barbara should have spent the extra couple bucks to hire a professional narrator for this book, instead of pinching pennies. A good or even, decent, narrator may have been able to carry this book at least halfway through, MAYBE. Barbara as a narrator is simply boring beyond belief. I would rather listen to radio commercials! Harsh I know, but its that bad. There is no voice influction for different reactions, or much of a change in voice for different characters even. Its simply flat, and dull the entire book. Okay, so the narration is terrible, still I would give the book a chance and switch to the regular kindle edition and continue reading on my own, yet I found it to be just as difficult to continue. I literally had to force myself to continue after each page, and let me tell you it was no easy task! I had to stop halfway through, I just couldn't bear it any longer. Now mind you, I have read hundreds upon hundreds of books, and have only given up on two, this being the second. There was no excitement, no climax, no cliffhangers, NOTHING to make we want to keep reading about the most boring, unispiring, unconfident, doormat characters. I was dying for Delarobia to just take the leap into her lust for someone else other than her husband, just to add SOMETHING to the story to make it readable...The cable guy, the jamaican scientist, the milkman, ANYONE! But no, that would be too exciting for poor little boring Delarobia. In fact, the only character in the story that has any life to them at all is Old Granny Kalbow. The oldest one of the characters, and yet the only one who has any life to her at all! I can't imagine recommending this book to anyone who would enjoy it....oh no wait, on second thought, my mini lop bunny rabbit would really enjoy tearing up and eating the paperback version, he really is destructive you know!


    What was most disappointing about Barbara Kingsolver’s story?

    Everything. From the poor narration to the boring story and characters.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barbara Kingsolver?

    Too bad the amazing Anna Fields isn't around anymore, she may have made this book bearable and gave it some sort of justice.Julia Gibson would have done well, or Angela Dawe. Anyone else really.


    What character would you cut from Flight Behavior?

    Honestly? Everyone. Bring me someone with some backbone and self respect.


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