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
I love Barbara Kingsolver's writing and her narration is perfect.
There is so much wisdom and compassion in this book. I found myself constantly stopping to listen to a line or a section again and again hoping to commit them to memory.
I have all her work on audible so it is like listening to an old friend.
I loved this story. I particularly appreciate Barbara's ability to weave scientific details into a story of intimacy and social complexity. I mostly read scientific creative nonfiction, so for a fiction book, this really hits the mark. I learned so much about rural Appalachian communities, about butterflies, about clashing world views. She portrays her characters perspectives with dignity and true human compassion, allowing readers from an educated, liberal, urban background a window into rural, poor, conservative people, their lives and concerns and full humanness. In a world where these two groups are often pitted against one another in an us versus them mentality, this story helps build bridges of understanding simply through honoring the wisdom and complexity in the rural Appalachian characters and lifestyle. It becomes clear that there are many things that the rural people know that the urban environmentalists could stand to learn. This is a story of climate change, of coming together as different people, of and personal awakening and empowerment from the main female character. Beautifully done.
For the most part I liked this book. I love to listen to Barbara Kingsolver read her book. She is such a great narrator. The only thing I would fault her for in her books is that sometimes her attention to details gets a little tedious. The story is great but sometimes I think it takes to long to get there.
In my house I am alone in my mourning for the planet. It was comforting to have my thoughts and feelings reflected through the writing of someone I respect deeply. Thank you, Barbara Kingsolver, for your critical perspective, your soulful voice, and above all your intuitive, optimistic fingers on the pulse of humanity.
I love the audiobooks that Barbara Kingsolver has narrated- the character voices and the cadence of her storytelling just enriches the already stunning poetry that she writes time and time again. This book was a treat- I randomly picked it off my wish list not really knowing the plot and it was exactly- exactly!- what I was wanting and needing. The threads woven through the stories are so fascinating and always realistic but never boring. Barbara Kingsolver has a way to make magic out of the most mundane scenes. She has me looking at the world so much differently.
The story was very engaging. I find it disappointing how Christianity takes a hit with some mocking of the faith. Not all Christians ignore global warming. I did have to listen to it at 1.25x speed. While Kingsolver's narration is pleasant, and her voice is appealing, she annunciates every syllable to a maddening degree. Most of the time it seemed at normal pace while listening at 1.25x speed.
I wished a male with an accurate accent could have read the part of the male scientist, rather than Kingsolver herself .
The unexpected turn of this book made it even more enjoyable than the images created by Ms. Kingsolver's words. I enjoyed every minute of it and wonder where the characters are now. I miss them already.
I wish every species had a champion who can make their environmental struggles as accessible as she does those in this book. By telling the story of the Monarchs through the eyes of this character, full of mistakes and hopes, eminently likable and recognizable, Kingsolver puts the global warming crisis unavoidably at center stage.
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