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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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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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    Wallace United States Minor Outlying Islands 12-19-12
    Wallace United States Minor Outlying Islands 12-19-12 Member Since 2003
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    What would have made Flight Behavior better?

    I cannot listen to all the tiny details, and she lost me in the first 30 minutes.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristen Keirsey Atlanta, GA, US 12-19-12
    Kristen Keirsey Atlanta, GA, US 12-19-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Can a Novel be Green?"

    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.

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    Georgia Burns Atlanta GA 12-16-12
    Georgia Burns Atlanta GA 12-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Dr. R. A. Manes New Milford, CT USA 12-15-12
    Dr. R. A. Manes New Milford, CT USA 12-15-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Enthralling and endearing"

    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.

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    Deborah Longboat Key, FL, United States 12-15-12
    Deborah Longboat Key, FL, United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Thought provoking, insightful and entertaining"

    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.

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    kc Tijeras, NM, United States 12-13-12
    kc Tijeras, NM, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "another wonderful story from a master"
    Where does Flight Behavior rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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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    Beth Hertford, NC, United States 12-09-12
    Beth Hertford, NC, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "as always, barbara does it again"

    very well done! right from the start-a very relateable story that brings important topics to the forefront and maybe get us all thinking about it...

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    Deborah South San Francisco, CA, United States 12-07-12
    Deborah South San Francisco, CA, United States 12-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Entertaining and educational and beautifully narra"
    Would you try another book from Barbara Kingsolver and/or Barbara Kingsolver?

    I read everything by Barbara Kingsolver and will keep doing so.


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

    I enjoyed learning about the way butterflies are studied in the field. But also, among the most enduring images was of the butterflies en masse in flight, streaming around obstacles like flowing water.


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

    Barbara Kingsolver has the sweetest voice, the pleasantest of southern accents. I don't know if this is her normal accent but it was perfect for the story. It captured not only the cadences that are likely appropriate to the folks of Appalachia, but all the frustration, ambivalence, and finally gentleness and hope of the main character. She also did Ovid Byron's Caribbean accent pretty convincingly.


    What character would you cut from Flight Behavior?

    I can't think of any that didn't fit into and contribute to the story.


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    Ilene Seattle, WA, United States 12-05-12
    Ilene Seattle, WA, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Kingsolver hits another home run!"
    What did you love best about Flight Behavior?

    great writing, wonderful story


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

    I love the way that Kingsolver threaded concepts of science and public policy into a compelling story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Rancho Mirage, CA, United States 12-05-12
    Kathy Rancho Mirage, CA, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Classic Kingsolver"
    What made the experience of listening to Flight Behavior the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy Kingsolver's voice and reading of the material


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

    Prodigal Summer is probably most like this book.


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

    Her wonderful voice.. and of course, being the author, an intimate understanding of the material.


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

    I wouldn't


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Kingsolver, then you'll enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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