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Flight Behavior Audiobook

Flight Behavior

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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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    Susan Laurel, United States Minor Outlying Islands 04-04-13
    Susan Laurel, United States Minor Outlying Islands 04-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Beautiful, enthralling book"
    If you could sum up Flight Behavior in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful! Everyday I looked forward to listening to this. Its a good story, beautifully written with some interesting science. I loved Barbara Kingsolver as a reader for this book. Her voice has great authenticity and always seemed on target.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is well worth reading.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Seneca Baton Rouge, LA, United States 03-24-13
    Seneca Baton Rouge, LA, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2007
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    "One of the best author's narrations I've heard"
    What did you like best about Flight Behavior? What did you like least?

    The lightness and humor in the story. Liked least - the surprise attack of environmentalist "speech-ifying", that made the story seem as if it transitioned from a light and airy sailboat ride to being imprisoned on a stranded oil barge.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The professor's wife, because of the author's skill in describing a character so well that it seemed almost as if she could have walked off the page into real life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Dinner with the professor.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, but only if the preaching were excised in its entirety. If an author feels that she has a good story with a good message, why does she feel the need to pause and batter the reader with the message?


    Any additional comments?

    The author's reading of her work is better than most of the professional readers the audiobook companies employ.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristina North Hampton, NH, United States 03-22-13
    Kristina North Hampton, NH, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Captures life's internal and external struggles"
    What made the experience of listening to Flight Behavior the most enjoyable?

    I grew up near the area represented in this story, and could vividly picture real people in these characters' situations. The pace of the story was not too fast, not too slow, just as life in rural Tennessee can be.

    I appreciated that each character had flaws and strengths; this kept each of them important to the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The central character, Dellarobia was my favorite character. She evoked sympathy as well as respect, as she managed her family and herself in a less than friendly situation.


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

    The author/narrator did a good job of making Cub seem to be the affable, immature, little boy inside a man's body. But she also made him likeable in her slow way of speaking his lines.


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

    I was definitely engaged in the story; I listen to audiobooks when I run, and wanting to hear the story helped motivate me to go out even on the cold, raw days!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    toni Vero Beach, FL, United States 03-18-13
    toni Vero Beach, FL, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Best when read by author"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Flight Behavior to be better than the print version?

    Better might be difficult to discern. I might have read it with a Tennessee accent in my mind if reading, but Barbara wrote the words so the full intent of the phrasing came through beautifully.


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

    The Language of Flowers. The main characters in both books had troubling childhoods with little parental supervision hence they had to work much harder at making the relationships in their lives work.


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

    Hester was a favorite because her sarcasm gave her just the right piss and vinager to make her personal confession near the end seem real and sincere.


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

    Ovid was to me the figure who stood out. An educator, devoted to his "flocks of subjects" was so very dedicated to his work and wife that he never even noticed that he was the source of much adulation.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved having this book read to me by the author. I would love it if more authors has the voice to do it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie A. Levin 03-06-13

    Marriage and Family Therapist

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    "Kingsolver is so masterful"

    The writing is pitch perfect. The characters are so well painted. You can hear their voices. They are real - not villains or heroes, but people struggling to do their best, given their live's struggles. As always, Kingsolver weaves these individual perspectives against a backdrop of the social, environmental and political aspects of climate change - allowing us, through fiction to see the potential losses heading our way.

    In some ways, this is one of her sadder stories. But she brings hope into the picture as well, and a touch of redemption too.

    Normally, I'm wary when an author reads their own work, but she did an amazing job bringing her story and characters to life.

    Ultimately, a very satisfying listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Music Makes the Difference 03-04-13
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    "Back to the Barbara We Love"
    If you could sum up Flight Behavior in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, Enticing, Entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Preston, a sweet child. I loved the Christmas watch. And the protagonist, who shown saintly restraint with Hester.


    What about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance did you like?

    Barbara's voice was perfect for the Appalachian region of the setting. Of course, she knew what she wanted to convey and she is an excellent reader.


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

    Yes, but that was impossible for me.I could not wait to get back to it at the end of the day.


    Any additional comments?

    Lovers of Barbara's earlier fiction will find this story more in the vein of Prodigal Summer and even Poisonwood Bible. I think Barbara is a solid writer with an engaging way with language, but I think she may want to consider a pen name for her more esoteric works like Lacuna.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KJFDDS Bradenton, FL 03-01-13
    KJFDDS Bradenton, FL 03-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Another work of art by Barbara Kingsolver!"

    Unexpected depth of characters, amazing science woven in, typical Kingsolver magic! The author's reading of her own work is impeccable. She voices the soul of her characters.

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    meggan 02-27-13
    meggan 02-27-13
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    I have enjoyed each of Barbara Kingsolver's novels. I usually read them in book form. This is the first that I listened to via audible. When I listen to books from my favorite authors, I usually don't enjoy them as much as when I read them. In this case, I absolutely enjoyed listening to the book. I listen during my one hour commute each way to and from work. I couldn't wait for the next car ride to continue Flight Behavior.

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    Marie COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 02-25-13
    Marie COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not what I expected"
    Would you listen to Flight Behavior again? Why?

    Maybe


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In the end where she was explaining to her children she would be moving out.


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

    No


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    Kathy 02-24-13
    Kathy 02-24-13

    Avid Audible Fan, Outdoor Enthusiast, Love Historical Fiction Novels, have always loved books

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    "What an amazing way with words"
    If you could sum up Flight Behavior in three words, what would they be?

    global warming novel


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

    I haven't ready anything else similar to this book


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

    I loved Dellarobia. I liked watching her grow and expand during the novel.


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

    The pivotal moment when Dellarobia first saw the butterflies.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite writers; she has such an amazing way with words

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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