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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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    Michele K. Goldberg 07-22-14
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    "Lovely!"
    What made the experience of listening to Flight Behavior the most enjoyable?

    I loved the main character, how she evolves, and how she reconciles her reality and dreams.


    What about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is very sweet and pretty. She paced the reading well.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this author. Her stories and characters are complex and easy to to relate to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kloe 07-13-14
    Kloe 07-13-14
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    "Kingsolver Delights!"
    What did you love best about Flight Behavior?

    I always appreciate learning something new about the world of science and nature through the plots of Kingsolver's novels. In addition to learning about butterflies and ecology through Flight Behavior, I also had the chance to reflect on marriage, parenting, friendship and being a woman who loves to study and grow while staying true to herself and her family.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Delarobia (I'm not sure of the spelling since I listened to the book!)


    What about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance did you like?

    I appreciated that her inflection emphasized the sections she wanted emphasized as the authore. Her voice is very calming to listen to as well.


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    grettyvp 06-26-14
    grettyvp 06-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I love Dellarobia"
    Where does Flight Behavior rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Flight behavior is a wonderful book! It is typically the kind of book that I prefer to read than to listen to. The words are beautiful, but the story doesn't move quickly. That said, I enjoyed listening to this a lot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a wonderful character. She is brilliant and her non-pretentiousness makes her an easy character to cheer for.


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

    Kingsolver's voice is beautiful and her narration adds depth the story. The only issue I had was that her voice is so velvety and relaxing, that I would be overly-relaxed on my commute.


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    joyce 06-02-14
    joyce 06-02-14

    Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.

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    "So disappointing!"

    I was discussing Kingsolver with a pal the other day, so I had to come back and review this sad book. Sad subject, sad thrown-together attempt to make an important ecological argument in a 'woman-finding-herself' novel...what a mess!
    Ms. Kingsolver's early books are like magical chants to me, almost; the settings so Southwest I feel the heat, desert quiet, 'animal dreams'......but this book feels like a throw-away, like she owed the publisher one more. I was shocked. It is just really awful.
    If she wanted to make a statement about the loss of monarch butterflies, she should have written an essay, as a biologist, for a periodical.

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    Amazon Customer Visalia, CA USA 05-18-14
    Amazon Customer Visalia, CA USA 05-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A Boring Tale of People I don't want to know"

    This is a tale of unremarkable people stuck in lives I really don't want to know about. To be candid, I could not finish it. In fact I could not stand it after 2 hours of listening. Maybe the story perked up later but I did not have the patience to finish.

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    Charlene 04-30-14
    Charlene 04-30-14 Member Since 2002

    Toronto, Canada. Audible enthusiast since 2001.

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    "Should be on the curriculum for literature courses"

    This book was beautifully written, with many literary devices thrown in, making it really rich for analysis. The main character was so believable and I couldn't help but sympathize with her reflections on her own choices. The main theme of irrevocable choices and the paths they lead us down was common both to the character's life and the state of the planet, as illustrated by the butterflies. The message at the end -- that we can get off the path, but it's really hard -- reverberated again in personal choices and global ones. There are also some interesting points of reflection: that we have to make some hard choices in personal consumption to avoid environmental disasters, and that for many, these aren't even choices -- just the way poorer people live. Also that we tend to choose our personal beliefs based on the people we associate with, rather than thinking critically for ourselves, and that it becomes difficult to even begin to think critically, because we are only paying attention to those who believe what we believe. The juxtaposition of this Appalachian shotgun-housewife with a Caribbean/American entomologist sets the stage for reflexivity and change. I love that Barbara Kingsolver read the book herself -- her reading is lyrical.

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    Emily 04-30-14
    Emily 04-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Library Must Have!"
    Would you listen to Flight Behavior again? Why?

    Flight Behavior is a book that has stayed with me from the moment I listened to it on Audible. It was a book that I purchased for my own library as well as a gift for both my mother and mother-in-law. There is no questioning that Barbara Kingsolver knows how to write a good story. It's an important subject, told in away that you just can't turn away from. This book is narrated by the author making it easy to listen to. I could focus on the content without being distracted.


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    Michael Cox San Diego, CA USA 03-27-14
    Michael Cox San Diego, CA USA 03-27-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Brillient"
    Where does Flight Behavior rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top


    What about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance did you like?

    Warm and believable


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Well no, but I wouldn't consider doing that with any book. But I did, very often, have a hard time shutting it off.


    Any additional comments?

    My first impression of this story, based on just a few minutes of listening, was: “chick flick”, and I came very close to turning it off and giving it a single star rating; so I could get a refund! I was not up for True Romance! How glad I am that I didn’t do that, because this story turned out to be one of the most entertaining stories I’ve listened to from Audible.

    Half way through the book I realized it wasn’t just the telling story of a farm family, revealed in a remarkably warm and realistic way; detailing the most intimate aspects of life on a sheep farm, and inside the workings of a nuclear family struggling to stay afloat; but a story with a message.

    That message began to evolve somewhere in the middle of the book, and was inserted so cleverly that it seemed to appear full blown; in an instant, out of nowhere, and with such skill that it did not shatter it’s container; the story that could have very well stood on its own.

    I highly recommend this title; in fact, I believe it should be required reading!

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    Rebecca Douglas Lyman ann arbor mi usa 03-27-14
    Rebecca Douglas Lyman ann arbor mi usa 03-27-14 Listener Since 2008

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    "Not as good as previous Barbara Kingsolver"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it was interesting and good for a long trip.


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

    Global warming and it's impact. the cultural aspect is very interesting, though quite frustrating. Insight to much that is going on today and how isolated areas that are governed by fundamentalist churches, small, suspicious communities, poor access to outside information and lack of belief in science are affecting us all.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    Was Flight Behavior worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I was frustrated with this book. Though it would have been unrealistic to expect the changes I would have liked to see, the book stayed true to the area and culture it represented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mary VENTURA, CA, United States 03-12-14
    mary VENTURA, CA, United States 03-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you try another book from Barbara Kingsolver and/or Barbara Kingsolver?

    I have and loved them.


    Has Flight Behavior turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really my genre. But I usually enjoy her books. I was shocked at how bad this book was.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Her accent seemed to make the people sound simple minded, when they weren't.


    Any additional comments?

    She rambled sooooo long on stuff I had to fast forward. I dreaded listening to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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