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Flight Behavior | [Barbara Kingsolver]

Flight Behavior

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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. As the community lines up to judge the woman and her miracle, Dellarobia confronts her family, her church, her town, and a larger world, in a flight toward truth that could undo all she has ever believed.

Flight Behavior takes on one of the most contentious subjects of our time: climate change. With a deft and versatile empathy Kingsolver dissects the motives that drive denial and belief in a precarious world.

©2012 Barbara Kingsolver (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Eileen CARY, NORTH CAROLINA, United States 01-24-13
    Eileen CARY, NORTH CAROLINA, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Flight Behavior takes Flight!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes because it was a very interesting story about a subject that is happening in today's world - climate change. It could remind you about "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson.
    A warning about what the future might bring.
    It was also funny and touching as the main character changes her life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dellarobia - the main character because of the transformation she goes through.


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

    Dellarobia


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Climate change happening before our eyes


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    Ellen SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 01-22-13
    Ellen SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "My first aduio book"
    Where does Flight Behavior rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I can't really compare it with any other audio books because this was the first one I ordered and I have just started book number two.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The theme of this book was revalent and interesting.


    What does Barbara Kingsolver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I discovered that by listening to a book rather than reading it, I was better able to visialize the people and scenery as I was listening. Her discription were vivid and detailed.


    Who was the most memorable character of Flight Behavior and why?

    Delarobia was the most memorable character. I was able to see her from several perspectives--mother, wife, friend, daughter in law---also a person who knew there was more to life than she was experiencing and she came to realize that things had to change. The world was changing and she couldn't be content with her current life situation.


    Any additional comments?

    I ordered this book by accident as I was learning about the aduio options and I am so glad I did. It has depbt and a moral message without being preachy.

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    Mrs. K. 01-14-13
    Mrs. K. 01-14-13

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    "A Great Read / Listen !!!"
    If you could sum up Flight Behavior in three words, what would they be?

    Worth every minute.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dellarobia Turnbow was my favorite character. She had wit, warmth, spitfire, and guts... I was drawn in. I grew to care about her, and hope to God that Kingsolver gifts us with a sequel! I'd love to know what the next chapters would be for Dellarobia and her family!


    What does Barbara Kingsolver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Barbara Kingsolver's gentle, easy Southern female voice and inflections were just the ticket in bringing her own characters and story to life for me.


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

    I wouldn't retitle this book. It's apt not only for the environmental theme of climate change and its potential effect: aberration of the Monarch's migration... But also for Dellarobia herself as she, too, veers into a different course within her life.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent production by Audible of a hauntingly engaging and beautiful book. I highly recommend this one! Bravo!

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    June 01-13-13
    June 01-13-13
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    "She's done it again!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Kingsolver has outdone herself with the narrative of this book. I had the characters voice in my head for days after finishing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The introspection of the main character and how easily we all misinterpret each other.


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

    Dellarubia was my personal favourite, but she gave all the characters appeal that you could relate to.


    If you could take any character from Flight Behavior out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Dellarubia and her husband, I'd like to get to know both of them and maybe Ovid too so I could watch the interaction.


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    Mary Phoenix Arizona 01-08-13
    Mary Phoenix Arizona 01-08-13 Member Since 2010

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    "A New Outlook on Why Climate Change is Here...."
    Any additional comments?

    This was a great story and well narrated by the author, she performed all the voices really well but I especially like the soft spoken but forthright protagonist. And Dr. Avid Byron was really well done too.

    I almost did not purchase this book because of some of the negative reviews but am really glad I didn't cave to the nay sayers. I don't know *where* some of these mean people get off. Is there a lot of minutia about butterfly's? Yes. But for me, who is interested in understanding WHY climate change is occuring, it was riveting. Well done Ms. Kingsolver.

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    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 01-08-13
    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved the reader"

    The only other time I've enjoyed the author reading as much was when Alice Walker read Possessing the Secret of Joy. Amazing ability to do accents and voices. The story is so complex and well-researched that you can't tell where reality stops and the story begins.

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    StylishEducator Long Beach, CA 01-07-13
    StylishEducator Long Beach, CA 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Kingsolver's charm never disappoints"
    If you could sum up Flight Behavior in three words, what would they be?

    Epiphany
    Growth
    Charm


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dellarobia Turnbow who's inner self follows a miracle to a new life.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Kingsolver’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've read all her books, but this is the first one I've listened too. I'm hooked now!


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

    The title is perfect! Can't compete.


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    Lilja Brainerd, MN, United States 01-04-13
    Lilja Brainerd, MN, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Captivating listen -- life lessons abound!"
    Would you listen to Flight Behavior again? Why?

    Absolutely. I have already returned to it twice. The story made me laugh out loud, listen intently, and think hard about the effects of my own life upon the environment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved Kingsolver's depiction of characters. Whether in a lead role or just part of the side story, the people became dear to me. I just heard Will Steger speak right before I began to read this book. His presentation about global warming was compelling, and Flight Behavior put a face (and butterfly wings) on this important issue.

    I appreciated Barbara Kingsolver's inclusion of important information about the environment, and the impact that so many of our choices make upon the earth. Some readers/listeners may think that the scientific details slowed the progress of the story line, but I feel that they made the characters' decisions even more engaging.


    What about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance did you like?

    Barbara Kingsolver's voice is quite ordinary, and even a bit flat. However, the tone of her voice made no difference to me because I was swept up into the story from the first page.

    I would listen to any book that Barbara Kingsolver has written. Her stories are memorable and the issues she cares about are worth delving into with her thoughtful guidance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely, but it would be a long sitting. I did not want to stop listening, and when I did, I was anxious to get back to the story.


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    Dale E E 01-01-13
    Dale E E 01-01-13
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    "Complete waste of time"
    What disappointed you about Flight Behavior?

    This story went nowhere and took forever to get there! If you like pointless detail that adds nothing to the story, this is your book!


    What was most disappointing about Barbara Kingsolver’s story?

    The only reason we listened to the whole story was because we could not believe a book could be totally worthless, but we were wrong.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Barbara Kingsolver’s performances?

    NEVER


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Flight Behavior?

    All!!


    Any additional comments?

    Watching snow melt is far more enjoyable and better evidence of global warming!

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    Annelies roswell, GA, United States 12-28-12
    Annelies roswell, GA, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "three ring circus"
    What did you love best about Flight Behavior?

    the reader (author) loves her characters and makes them realher descriptions are so wonderful. She is now one of my favorite writers and readers


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Flight Behavior?

    the beginning and ending chapters


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

    The end of the book. Kingsolver keeps three subjects intertwining all through the book:The urgency of the dangers of global warmingThe relationship of the heroine with her family Two cultures meeting and blending


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to listen to this book again in a year or so, knowing the story, and being able to focus on it's richness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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