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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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    Sarah Navarre, FL, United States 12-28-12
    Sarah Navarre, FL, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2014
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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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Crissman 12-25-12
    Crissman 12-25-12

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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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    sandi LINCOLN, NE, United States 12-24-12
    sandi LINCOLN, NE, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Unbelievably bad"
    What would have made Flight Behavior better?

    Cut out the redundant redneck characters and linguistics.


    What didn’t you like about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance?

    The plot was unbelievably slow moving and the characters were just plain irritating.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Butterflies, mountains, and climate change should've made an awesome plot. Too bad it didn't deliver.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Kingsolver's early fiction. Go back to that!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna L. Cundiff OH 12-22-12
    Donna L. Cundiff OH 12-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Kingsolver is back."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Flight Behavior to be better than the print version?

    Since I have not read the novel I cannot knowledgeably compare the audio version with the printed version.


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

    If I compared this novel with her other novels, I would say FLIGHT BEHAVIOR. Is almost as good as the others.


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

    My favorite character would have to be main character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The movie tag line based on this novel might be "One decision to run affects one woman's life forever."


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    "I could not make it past 1 hour"
    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 2013
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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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    "Life Altering"
    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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    R. A. Manes New Milford, CT USA 12-15-12
    R. A. Manes New Milford, CT USA 12-15-12 Member Since 2014
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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