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  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1575)
    Performance
    (1376)
    Story
    (1387)

    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"
    "Another homerun for Barbara Kingsolver!"
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    If you could sum up Flight Behavior in three words, what would they be?

    Surprisingly fiction, captivating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Barbara Kingsolver crafts yet another amazing and compelling story which is simultaneously complex and incredibly simple. The most shocking component is her ability to craft a work of fiction within the construct of an environmental and biological reality. The growth and arc of the main character is well worth the ride! As with all of her books, I was sad to have it end.


    What three words best describe Barbara Kingsolver’s performance?

    Word-by-word reading...


    If you could rename Flight Behavior, what would you call it?

    Funny, but I couldn't keep the title in my head...I kept calling it Flight Risk.


    Any additional comments?

    Barbara Kingsolver has a wonderful voice, but can be painful to listen to due to her clearly innunciating each word and very slow reading speed. Her reading style was too staccatoed and too intentional with each word painfully articulated and spoken. Each word was read one at a time rather than in a fluid and flowing natural style. In one respect, I loved her reading her own book because I knew I would hear how each word was intended to be heard. However, I think a voice actor would have been much more capitivating. I found her narration so disturbing to listen to from the get-go that I almost considered not listening to it. The story was AMAZING...it's narration was not. Her voices for the different characters were limited and often even slower than the rest of the story, but her voice of Dr. Ovid Byron was fantastic! It is a story I will think about often.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3166)
    Performance
    (2970)
    Story
    (2957)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Surprisingly dissapointing"
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    If you could sum up Written in My Own Heart's Blood in three words, what would they be?

    Epic, captivating, and heart-felt.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    "Seriously, that's it?" Gabaldon skipped over serious plot elements and presented the ending to the reader all neat an tidy without taking us with her on that journey. What compounds that frustration is the crazy amount of time she spent detailing surgeries and medical issues throughout the novel! I was truly surprised when man said, "The End. This concludes the reading of..." There was so much ground to left cover and the "how" was left unanswered...and, definitely not in a good . The "how" would have made for some pretty amazing storytelling. I hate to say that of this book and of this series in particular...but, I'm really disappointed with how it ended.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    I honestly loved them all. Davina Porter is amazingly talented! I'd be transfixed listening to her read the menu at McDonald's! And, I'm relatively certain that's not an exaggeration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part about Henri Christian...and, that's all I'm going to say.


    Any additional comments?

    Gabaldon's wrap up, or lack thereof, definitely leaves the door open to the possibility for the next book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1687)
    Performance
    (1508)
    Story
    (1527)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Painful, painful, painful"
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    What disappointed you about The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

    I though it would be a compelling story, but it turned out to be an ad nauseam litany of one highly improbable far fetched thing after another. I stuck it out to the end because I was sure everything we come together in some sort of amazing way...and, that never happened. I was so sure it would. In fact, the story ended with yet another springboard on to the next adventure segue. Painful.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonas Jonasson again?

    Simply put, no.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did a good job. His voice fit the characters in the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

    The entire back story of the 100-year-old man's previous 99 years! Yes, it hooked into the current 100+ year story line, but not the level of painful detail it provided.


    Any additional comments?

    It saddens me that I'm not going to get that 12 hours and 29 seconds back. Volunteer, make dinner, take a walk, meditate...do something else instead of listening to this relentless, outlandish story. In so many ways this book could have been great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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