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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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    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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    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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    Sarah Navarre, FL, United States 12-28-12
    Sarah Navarre, FL, United States 12-28-12
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    "Boring is just the beginning..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    for starters, a different narrator. Barbara should have spent the extra couple bucks to hire a professional narrator for this book, instead of pinching pennies. A good or even, decent, narrator may have been able to carry this book at least halfway through, MAYBE. Barbara as a narrator is simply boring beyond belief. I would rather listen to radio commercials! Harsh I know, but its that bad. There is no voice influction for different reactions, or much of a change in voice for different characters even. Its simply flat, and dull the entire book. Okay, so the narration is terrible, still I would give the book a chance and switch to the regular kindle edition and continue reading on my own, yet I found it to be just as difficult to continue. I literally had to force myself to continue after each page, and let me tell you it was no easy task! I had to stop halfway through, I just couldn't bear it any longer. Now mind you, I have read hundreds upon hundreds of books, and have only given up on two, this being the second. There was no excitement, no climax, no cliffhangers, NOTHING to make we want to keep reading about the most boring, unispiring, unconfident, doormat characters. I was dying for Delarobia to just take the leap into her lust for someone else other than her husband, just to add SOMETHING to the story to make it readable...The cable guy, the jamaican scientist, the milkman, ANYONE! But no, that would be too exciting for poor little boring Delarobia. In fact, the only character in the story that has any life to them at all is Old Granny Kalbow. The oldest one of the characters, and yet the only one who has any life to her at all! I can't imagine recommending this book to anyone who would enjoy it....oh no wait, on second thought, my mini lop bunny rabbit would really enjoy tearing up and eating the paperback version, he really is destructive you know!


    What was most disappointing about Barbara Kingsolver’s story?

    Everything. From the poor narration to the boring story and characters.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barbara Kingsolver?

    Too bad the amazing Anna Fields isn't around anymore, she may have made this book bearable and gave it some sort of justice.Julia Gibson would have done well, or Angela Dawe. Anyone else really.


    What character would you cut from Flight Behavior?

    Honestly? Everyone. Bring me someone with some backbone and self respect.


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    Diane 12-28-12
    Diane 12-28-12
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    "Intelligent Fiction With a Heart."
    What made the experience of listening to Flight Behavior the most enjoyable?

    Seeing the characters use their experiences to change and mature as the story develops.


    What other book might you compare Flight Behavior to and why?

    The Poisonwood Bible book had the same growth and development of the characters as this book.


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

    She brings out the humor and lightheartedness of the story as well as the seriousness of the topic.


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

    I would take Hester since there were a lot of layers to her.


    Any additional comments?

    No one can make a character come to life with both their weaknesses and nobility better than Kingsolver.

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    Crissman 12-25-12
    Crissman 12-25-12

    dirtpo

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    "Great story, well researched, well read,"

    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.

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    Randy Sonoma, CA, United States 12-24-12
    Randy Sonoma, CA, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Global warming and young mother coming of age."
    What made the experience of listening to Flight Behavior the most enjoyable?

    The biology of the butterfly's and the main character coming of age story.


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

    The scientist explanation of the effects of global warming.


    What three words best describe Barbara Kingsolver’s performance?

    Effects of global warming.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a good story but it really could be at least two books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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