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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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    Bridget Arizona, USA 06-21-15
    Bridget Arizona, USA 06-21-15 Member Since 2013

    loves books!

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    What disappointed you about Flight Behavior?

    The narration was terrible. I couldn't get past the 6th chapter because of the narration, and the book is so boring.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Barbara Kingsolver’s performances?

    No. I wouldn't ever buy another book that she narrates.


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

    Sadly, it didn't have any redeeming qualities at all.


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    Barbara United States 06-20-15
    Barbara United States 06-20-15 Member Since 2007
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    "A wakeup call for all of us....."

    This was a great book and very thought provoking. A wake up call for all of us for sure as we weather present day storms of mythic proportion. We live in a world that requires such delicate balance and I think of this book all the time and just wonder..... Having a daughter who is a geology major has opened my eyes to many earthy questions and some scary insight makes me wonder too....
    The story is also very good and the characters well developed......good read!

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    amber 06-11-15
    amber 06-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    Would you try another book from Barbara Kingsolver and/or Barbara Kingsolver?

    nope.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I loved the parts about nature. The characters were bland and predictable.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was just okay. I didn't necessarily dislike anything (except the accent of Dr. Byron), I just wasn't blown away by it either.


    Was Flight Behavior worth the listening time?

    not really.


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    Ellen M O'Hanlon Santa Rosa, CA United States 06-10-15
    Ellen M O'Hanlon Santa Rosa, CA United States 06-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Listen to this great story."

    I enjoyed the story very much. engaging and satisfying. Occasionally I wanted another voice. Thanks!

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    Janet ARLINGTON, TENNESSEE, United States 05-29-15
    Janet ARLINGTON, TENNESSEE, United States 05-29-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Perhaps my favorite book ever."
    What made the experience of listening to Flight Behavior the most enjoyable?

    Barbara Kingsolver is the absolute master of describing ordinary life in the face of extraordinary circumstances. A seemingly freak-of-nature occurrence as told by Kingsolver opens eyes to thoughtful consideration of our world and the delicate balance(s) in which we exist.


    Any additional comments?

    Kingsolver's writing is brilliant, well researched and poignant. For anyone who has not read her previous works including the Poisonwood Bible and a more recent nonfiction account of her family's' experiment in living close to nature go quickly and add them to your library.

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    Amy United States 05-27-15
    Amy United States 05-27-15 Member Since 2010
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    "I could listen to Barbara's all day and I did!"
    If you could sum up Flight Behavior in three words, what would they be?

    A lecture about the environment couched in character development.


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

    The narration is poetic and there were some very sweet moments in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't listened to Barbara Kingsolver before then I recommend listening to the Prodigal Summer instead. I may go back and listen to this story again. It left an impression on me but I need to listen again to pin it down.

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    Amy South Carolina 04-14-15
    Amy South Carolina 04-14-15 Member Since 2012

    I'm an artist and an art historian, and a chef, and a dog mom, master crocheter, a mediocre gardener, and a girlfriend, mostly. My favorite authors (in equal amounts of favorite) are Tom Robbins, Jane Austen, J.D. Salinger, and Haruki Murakami.

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    "Beautiful, real, relatable."

    This was a beautiful story, that I just couldn't set down. Being from Appalachia myself, and knowing the struggle the main character felt--grasped my heart. This story will not be forgotten.

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    Laura Malibu CA, United States 04-13-15
    Laura Malibu CA, United States 04-13-15
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    "Beautifully written"

    Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite writers. The characters are true and there is science woven through the lives of ordinary people so that I am compelled to do further study. I just wish she would give a professional reader the work. Her voice is fine when she reads female narrative, but the male voices and accents are dreadful and distract from the brilliant prose.

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    A User Chicago, IL, United States 04-12-15
    A User Chicago, IL, United States 04-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great listen"

    Barbara Kingsolver is a wonderful author. Loved her performance also. The story, obviously is fictional. Also, monarch butterflies west of the Rockies migrate to groves on the Central Coast of California not to Mexico. But climate change has definitely affected all monarch butterflies

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    megan thomas 04-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    Barbara Kingsolver is an amazing writer and an unforgettable reader. I am so glad I chose this book! I already miss the characters and Ms. Kingsolver's voice. Can not recommend more highly.

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