Surprisingly fiction, captivating.
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.
Funny, but I couldn't keep the title in my head...I kept calling it Flight Risk.
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.
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.
Simply put, no.
The narrator did a good job. His voice fit the characters in the story.
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.
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.
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