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Gaiah

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  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1540)
    Performance
    (1347)
    Story
    (1357)

    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"
    "Surprisingly fresh take on a otherwise hard topic"
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    If you could sum up Flight Behavior in three words, what would they be?

    I was hesitant to read this book, in spite of the positive reviews. It seated on my wish list for a while. Every time I had to choose a book, I would glance at it, read its description and would eventually move down the list and listen to another one. The reviews were positive, but I just couldn't conjure up the fact that a book dealing with climate change could be interesting. I finally gave it a try and just loved the story from the beginning to the end. Yes, it deals with hard science and religious believes without being preaching, but showing truly compassion to the world and others. The analogies are something else, subtle and profound at the same time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character's wisdom makes the reader (listener) see the world through her lonely and loving heart.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Kingsolver – was your favorite?

    The narrator, Barbara Kingsolver, is the true soul of this story. In fact, I am trying to find other books narrated by her.


    Any additional comments?

    The book makes you wonder whether we sometimes forget that behind facts, science, religious beliefs there are human beings flighting from a place inside them no one else knows.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Deborah Feldman
    • Narrated By Rachel Botchan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (287)

    In this captivating memoir, Deborah Feldman takes listeners on an eye-opening journey into Orthodox Jewish culture. Raised in the suffocating world of Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidim, Feldman was told what to read and who she was allowed to talk to. Married off at 17, she suffered from anxiety and was shamed by an inability to please her older husband. But after giving birth to a son at age 19, Feldman realized it was time to tear up her roots and make her own path in life.

    Ella says: "A one-sided glimpse into a secretive world"
    "Catchy title with a shallow story. Disappointment."
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    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Performance was good.


    Any additional comments?

    I expected so much more depth from this book, it is full of cliches, a very superficial account of a former hasidic teenage girl life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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