This book starts off with great promise and then wades into a tedious, in-cohesive muck. And so many people (claim to) love this book!
Was Mr. Gilbert's editor on vacation before this book went to print and told the publishing house, "I'm sure its great - print the whole thing, ramblings, musings, stoner philosophy - It's all good." Yes, I picture the author's editor as one of those irritating people who sum up every conversation with "It's all good".
Great premise, horrible execution and cloning? really??
This book should have stayed in a drawer.
Terrific characters with the exception of the one woman - it was like the author couldn't decide if he wanted her to be strong or weak and the narrator for her part, way overdid the Texas twang, making Jeanne even more unlikeable - Eli and Pete will stay with you for weeks after putting this book down. The male characters are deep and complex and their stories are redolent with rich tales of love and loss. The dynamics between the white man, Native American Indian and Hispanics are simply fascinating; the violence and tragedy this country is built on is simply staggering. Its been a month since I finished the book and I'm still chewing on it - really makes you think and reflect on our country's history with guarded respect and a small amount of horror.
Great premise, boring story. Narrator is Hugo Delegate read by Edoardo Ballerini, who seems to be channeling David Hyde Pierce's Niles Crane. The character of Hugo Delegate is an improbable one that feels like it was written by a woman: He is a sensitive male, androgynous to a fault, prone to regular fainting spells and his thoughts and speech are fussy and affected: not your typical "leading man" type and therefore an unlikely suitor for Savage Girl. The girl herself is enigmatic but undeveloped as a character and it is hard to stay interested in the plot, which wants to be bigger and more important than it is. By the end, when the twist reveals itself, it is unimpressive, hardly surprising and disappointing. The whole thing is unbelievable and would have been better written as a fairytale, not historical fiction.
Very disappointing for a Grisham novel - almost like he had a teenager write it for him... dialogue was so juvenile as to be uncomfortable ("shut up! No, you shut up." ) REALLY?? The narration was elementary and vocal inflections only move the reader to loathe the main character. I was rooting for the main character to be busted or killed nearly the whole way through the book. Seriously awful writing, dull narration and a weak, unbelievable plot.
Why she chose to narrate her own book, I cannot begin to understand...
As a reader I found it distracting and annoying to be read to as though I were under the age of five or mentally challenged. The story itself is lovely and very interesting as it addresses the extinction of, not only the monarch butterfly, but our very ecosystem as we know it. The characters are well developed - I already picture Jessica Chastain cast in in the role of Dellarobia for the big screen - and Dr. Byron, her intellectual crush, who is described as a gorgeous African American scientist. However, the muddied accent audibly bestowed upon him by the author makes him sound like a depressed Jamaican crossed with Arnold Schwarzenegger; I cringed each time "he" spoke.
Unfortunately, Ms. Kingsolver joins the ranks of Anne Lamott and Colm Tolbin in a group of authors who should never read aloud. In my brief history with audible performances the only author who successfully narrates his own story is the beguiling Michael Ondaatje whose melodious reading of THE CAT'S TABLE is one of the best performances I've had the pleasure of listening to.
Do yourself a favor and buy a hard copy or an e-book version of FLIGHT BEHAVIOR for best results.
What seemed like a great premise was turned dull by the writer using words, so many unnecessary words, as filler and never really getting anywhere. You'd think bankrobbing parents and a murder would make for a great read but what this book needed was a great editor and someone to say "Get to the point, already!" I stuck with it through Part 2 because of the narrator, Holter Graham, who I'd just heard narrate a great book, "The Art of Fielding", but even Mr. Graham could not save this book - too bad, it sounded like a potentially great story.
This is a good old-fashioned love story, timeless and inspiring. A must read, especially for anyone suffering a midlife crisis or simply in need of a positive, strong female role model, you will find it in Jean Pagent - she makes you want to be a better person.
This is one of my favorite authors but I am dropping the audio book after a few hours of listening to this woman read it as if to rest home inhabitants - so boring!
I will pick up the book from the library and proceed with the rest of the story which I'm sure is a good one, but not when read by this narrator!
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