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Flight Behavior Audiobook

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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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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    Kathy 02-24-13
    Kathy 02-24-13 Member Since 2015

    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

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    Sheila 02-21-13
    Sheila 02-21-13
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    "A beautiful, unforgetable work of art."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Barbara Kingsolver's book is an eyeopener. A wonderful story with detail, observation and insight. A cast of characters thrown together because of a beautiful, yet foreboding aberration of nature. As you move through the story with Dellarobia, you see her understanding of her life and the world shift.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the way the story is written; the way the sentences are put together is like poetry. The observations and descriptions are startling. She goes from capturing the day to day life of a mother with young children to describing the work of a field biologist seamlessly.


    What about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance did you like?

    At first, I felt frustrated by the pace of the reading, but after a while, I enjoyed the way she read each sentence in a way that lets you really appreciate the her style of writing. I also like how her accent gives the book a sense of place; not only does the dialog sound Southern, but the descriptions do as well.


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

    A couple of them: When she is in the dollar store with her husband trying to find something they can afford for their kids and with Hester in the car near the end of the book. Also, when she realizes the idea that the butterflies are more than a collection of individuals, they are an entire species, dependent on each other. They can't be saved one at a time.

    No spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    It is hard to move on to another book after this one. I felt the same way about Poisonwood Bible. Even after listening to this, I am planning to buy the book so I can reread it and keep it.

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    Connie California 02-20-13
    Connie California 02-20-13

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    "A read I can't forget"

    I have always enjoyed Barbara Kingsolver. This book is an enjoyable story- but even more, it is a chilling forecast of what is happening on our earth, as species begin to flag with all the implications of our global warming and pollution. Thanks, Barbara, for the work you are dong to painlessly educate us about the mess we're in.

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    Amazon Customer rochester, NY, United States 02-19-13
    Amazon Customer rochester, NY, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    If you could sum up Flight Behavior in three words, what would they be?

    life is complicated


    Any additional comments?

    Another masterwork from Barbara Kingsolver. If you enjoyed Poisonwood Bible, I think you will enjoy this, albeit considerably shorter, work.

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    Sharon GLEN ELLEN, CA, United States 02-18-13
    Sharon GLEN ELLEN, CA, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a lifelong lover of books. I got my degree in English & worked in the publishing business for many years. Now I work with wildlife.

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    "Loved it!"

    I hate to admit that I've never read a Barbara Kingsolver book before, but this was my first. Of course, I know of her, and her fine reputation, and what drew me to this book was when I read a review of it and discovered it was about Monarch butterflies. I had the privilege of seeing the Monarchs at one of their wintering places in California and it was a very special, almost magical experience. The book did not disappoint at all. I really loved it, and learned more about the Monarchs. I thought Kingsolver did an excellent job of narrating the books as well - not always easy for an author to pull off. It won't be the last Kingsolver book I read.

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    JujubeNY New York USA 02-11-13
    JujubeNY New York USA 02-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Another winner from Barbara Kingsolver!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Oh, to hear this read in Barbara's own soft Kentucky accent was a treat in itself. And the storytelling kept my interest despite it being a lot more preachy than her other novels. Not her best (Prodigal Summer is still my favorite), but a good read.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Nope, I was already there.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Yes, because her writing is elegant, her metaphors so well-crafted and breathtaking.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Not a thing!


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    Rhonda Morrison Worcester, MA 02-10-13
    Rhonda Morrison Worcester, MA 02-10-13

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    If you could sum up Flight Behavior in three words, what would they be?

    Strong, Interesting, Southern


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Delarobia


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

    Kingsolver does a great job of reading her own book, and it is a great one. In one sense the book is about climae change, but is suffused with a great American story of a southern woman in a dead end situation. Kingsolver gets her point across without being preachy.


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    Sandra 02-06-13
    Sandra 02-06-13
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    "Mesmerizing listen"
    Where does Flight Behavior rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved this story, and the author's narration drew me in right from the start. Each character had a unique voice. It worked for me on so many levels- how the characters developed, the way it addressed climate change.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In some ways I think my favorite character was Hester, the main character's mother in law. Her revelations helped move the Dellarobia along her own path.


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

    Dellarobia's developmental arc kept me rooting for her. Ovid was so alive and vivid.


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

    I was moved by the scene of the birth of the lamb, and felt it gave voice to the unspoken aspects of Cub and Dellarobia's stillbirth- it was as if this let them share their grief.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the way Dellarobia told her son of the upcoming changes in their life?

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    Leila PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 02-06-13
    Leila PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 02-06-13
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    "Beautifully written book, beautifully delivered."
    If you could sum up Flight Behavior in three words, what would they be?

    illuminates the process of widening one's life


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

    All of the passages about Dellarobbia's children are so authentic, believable and sweet.


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

    I have not listened to any of Barbara Kingsolver's books, but I have read them. This one was not as funny and readable as The Bean Trees or Pigs in Heaven, but is wonderful in its own way.


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    Mar Turner 02-04-13
    Mar Turner 02-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Flight Behavior to be better than the print version?

    Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this novel. Really love it when the author is narrating.


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

    The scientist would be the most interesting dinner companion.


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