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
Kingsolver used both sides of her brain on this one. Both the science and her insights into human behavior were solid, and I was very surprised at her reading ability. Her accents were flawless to my ear. I loved the large element of wonder in the story. What readers will find uncomfortable is her accurate protrayal of humanity doing nothing as we ruin the planet for ourselves and god knows how many other species. But that is, in fact, exactly what we are doing. Like the composer of a requiem, the author discovers an irresistable beauty in death. Unfortunately, there will be countless opportunities for artists to mine this vein. Scientists and journalists haven't gotten through, maybe artists will.
The biology of the butterfly's and the main character coming of age story.
The scientist explanation of the effects of global warming.
Effects of global warming.
No but I did think she tried to do to much - global warming; the evolution of a shot gun wedding and the coping with poverty.
It is a good story but it really could be at least two books.
Cut out the redundant redneck characters and linguistics.
The plot was unbelievably slow moving and the characters were just plain irritating.
Butterflies, mountains, and climate change should've made an awesome plot. Too bad it didn't deliver.
I love Kingsolver's early fiction. Go back to that!
Since I have not read the novel I cannot knowledgeably compare the audio version with the printed version.
If I compared this novel with her other novels, I would say FLIGHT BEHAVIOR. Is almost as good as the others.
My favorite character would have to be main character.
The movie tag line based on this novel might be "One decision to run affects one woman's life forever."
Barbara Kingsolver as the narrator brought added pleasure to my listening experience. The one negative to the novel is it becomes a little "preachy" at times. Ms.Kingsolver's motives for writing this novel almost screams at you. Still, she is one of this generation's best storytellers.
I cannot listen to all the tiny details, and she lost me in the first 30 minutes.
I enjoyed listening to this book and loved the main character. I could have continued listening and finding out what happens in the next part of her life journey. The strong environmental message might put off some readers but since I agree with the author I enjoyed the creative way she dealt with her message. I also liked the contrast between those who live off the land and scientists who use the land as laboratory.
How to review this book without preaching to the choir and putting off the naysayers to climate change. Maybe those numbers are fewer now but this story is a call to action for all of us. Cloaked in the engaging tale of a smart woman stuck in Podunkville USA and longing to get out is the amazingly accessible theme of what is happening to our planet and why. The author is the narrator and does her heroine, Dellarobia, and her other characters proud. She doesn't ladle on the Southern accent as she inhabits the voices of the local folk. Refreshingly, they are not painted with the all-to-often broad brush of ignorance but as people struggling to make ends meet as best they can. Because they get their strength from their faith they consider the unexpected convergence of millions of butterflies to their Tennessee mountain as a blessing from God. This story offers a respectful conversation between those seeing the alarming aspects of it from a scientific point of view with those who have little information about the usual habits of these beautiful creatures. There is hope for our future in the heartbreakingly real kindergartener, Preston, who longs to know about nature and the world. But every flawed character becomes dear as the listener is given time to get to know them.
I wish I could give this book to everyone I know.
Once again, Barbara Kingsolver strikes gold with this timely novel about both our planet and ourselves. Threads of humor and wit run through this wonderful novel. She is an astute observer and subtle social commentator. I love her writing, stories, and reading. This book is a great read.
I love how Barbara Kingsolver developes her characters, so vivid and complex. She has a way of giving us insight into who people may really be. She always makes a statement that is a contribution to humanity.
I love her work and recommend this book.
I love Barbara Kingsolver, and it is a wonderful journey to listen to her read her own stories. She is a spectacular writer, and has a wonderful narrative voice.
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