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
This book subtely conveys a personal message that every earthling needs to know and acknowledge.
When the lead character met the scientist and began to realize and acknowledge her potential
Her voice, knowledge and inflection.
I read the Poisonwood Bible long ago, and loved it and learned so much. After hearing the author interviewed on NPR, I rushed to find Flight Behavior and I now want to read Lacuna and Animal, Vegetable, Mineral.
The character, Della Robia, as she evolves.
The timeliness of this story is amazing.
The beginning of the book when Della discovers the butterflies.
Della Robia. She is a butterfly in the making.
Yes because it was a very interesting story about a subject that is happening in today's world - climate change. It could remind you about "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson.
A warning about what the future might bring.
It was also funny and touching as the main character changes her life.
Dellarobia - the main character because of the transformation she goes through.
Climate change happening before our eyes
I can't really compare it with any other audio books because this was the first one I ordered and I have just started book number two.
The theme of this book was revalent and interesting.
I discovered that by listening to a book rather than reading it, I was better able to visialize the people and scenery as I was listening. Her discription were vivid and detailed.
Delarobia was the most memorable character. I was able to see her from several perspectives--mother, wife, friend, daughter in law---also a person who knew there was more to life than she was experiencing and she came to realize that things had to change. The world was changing and she couldn't be content with her current life situation.
I ordered this book by accident as I was learning about the aduio options and I am so glad I did. It has depbt and a moral message without being preachy.
Worth every minute.
Dellarobia Turnbow was my favorite character. She had wit, warmth, spitfire, and guts... I was drawn in. I grew to care about her, and hope to God that Kingsolver gifts us with a sequel! I'd love to know what the next chapters would be for Dellarobia and her family!
Barbara Kingsolver's gentle, easy Southern female voice and inflections were just the ticket in bringing her own characters and story to life for me.
I wouldn't retitle this book. It's apt not only for the environmental theme of climate change and its potential effect: aberration of the Monarch's migration... But also for Dellarobia herself as she, too, veers into a different course within her life.
This is an excellent production by Audible of a hauntingly engaging and beautiful book. I highly recommend this one! Bravo!
Kingsolver has outdone herself with the narrative of this book. I had the characters voice in my head for days after finishing.
The introspection of the main character and how easily we all misinterpret each other.
Dellarubia was my personal favourite, but she gave all the characters appeal that you could relate to.
Dellarubia and her husband, I'd like to get to know both of them and maybe Ovid too so I could watch the interaction.
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.
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.
Dellarobia Turnbow who's inner self follows a miracle to a new life.
I've read all her books, but this is the first one I've listened too. I'm hooked now!
The title is perfect! Can't compete.
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.
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.
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.
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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