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Flight Behavior Audiobook
Flight Behavior
Written by: 
Barbara Kingsolver
Narrated by: 
Barbara Kingsolver
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Flight Behavior Audiobook

Flight Behavior

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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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    Amazon Customer SIERRA VISTA, AZ, United States 02-11-15
    Amazon Customer SIERRA VISTA, AZ, United States 02-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Well Written, But Too Firmly Women's Literature"

    I expected this to be an environmental tale, but it was more firmly the tale of how a small-town woman feels about children, men, family in general, and being "stuck" in a socioeconomic class she has never 100% identified with. Kingsolver spends a huge amount of time rehashing women's issues that have been beaten so hard for so long in Oprah's Book Club that the dead horse is only bones. The actual environmental theme is interesting, somewhat original, well thought out, and apropos. The writing is extremely high quality if you can slog through another explanation of why a woman is bored in her marriage and stuck in it due to bad teen decisions. All male characters are flat and only presented from the myopic perspectives of the semi stereotypical women. That said, the female characters are fairly well developed, if also commonplace. Overall, the book is an OK read, probably best left to women who strongly identify with semi-traditional female emotional perspectives. I'm betting that Flight Behavior was probably on Oprah's list nearly immediately.

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    wobbly WNC USA 02-11-15
    wobbly WNC USA 02-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Not my favorite Kingsolver"

    Barbara Kingsolver is by far the best author/narrator I know. Being a southern appalachia native, I so appreciated her authentic accent in this story which takes place in the Tennessee mountains. And her writing is as beautiful as her voice. But the situations that make up this story, both environmental and relationship, were unrelentingly depressing.

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    mamamijo 02-06-15
    mamamijo 02-06-15
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    "Classic Kingsolver"

    I listened to this full book twice over the course of the last two years because it was so engaging...and I imagine I'll listen to it again at some point. Classic Kingsolver: well developed characters, flawless prose, and an insight into the natural world. Even the narration itself is beautifully accomplished.

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    Carmen 01-02-15
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    "Exceptional in every way"

    This is my second audio book written and narrated by the author. I belief this audio book is in part exceptional because the author herself narrated it. Barbara Kingsolver tells such a compelling story that I had to remind myself that it is fictional and not a biography of some sort. I appreciated most her authentic use of biblical quotes without the superficiality seen so much in the world today. They often left me smiling and nodding in agreement. I hope to one day meet my favourite author and also see the King Billy.

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    Paula 11-12-14
    Paula 11-12-14
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    "Big Disappointment"
    What would have made Flight Behavior better?

    A more interesting story. This one was repetitive and even the end promised a life where nothing new was ever going to happen to the characters.


    What could Barbara Kingsolver have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Barbara Kingsolver's profession is writing. She should have allowed a professional to do the reading and maybe that would have put some life into a dull story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She simply read it and her voice is not dramatic. She did not act it out.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I kept waiting for something to happen and was disappointed that nothing did.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe this book was a best seller because of the author's reputation. I don't remember writing a review for this site previously, but I was motivated to do so because of the other reviews I read about this book. One writer agreed with me but I think everyone else read a different book!

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    Melody Tennessee 10-15-14
    Melody Tennessee 10-15-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Fantastic reading by the author!"
    Which character – as performed by Barbara Kingsolver – was your favorite?

    I think anyone who listens will immediately think of Kingsolver's performance of Ovid. Certainly, it was entertaining and interesting to hear Kingsolver perform what she was undoubtedly hearing as she wrote the words.

    As far as my favorite character, I'd have to go with Dovey. Oh, Dovey.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is a sheep birthing scene that is particularly moving. Kingsolver has a talent for making the potentially mundane meaningful.


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    JeanAnn Kirk 08-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Narration"
    Would you listen to Flight Behavior again? Why?

    Barbara is a very good reader. I don't often care for author narration. But this book couldn't be read better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line of the Monarch Butterflies


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    Cathy 08-11-14
    Cathy 08-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Kingsolver bests her best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book should be required reading for everyone. Her descriptions are great and her portrayal of East Tennessee life is spot on.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Flight Behavior?

    Kingsolver often speaks profound truths couched in casual conversation. I am looking for a printed version of this book so I can underline those sections as I did in her book, Poisonwood Bible.


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

    I was pleased with how she handled the voices and accents. Very professional.


    Any additional comments?

    Can we send Sarah Palin a copy? She might be able to understand climate change then.

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    JoAnn 08-10-14
    JoAnn 08-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Barbara Kingsolver as narrator"
    What about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance did you like?

    I loved Barbara Kingsolver as narrator. Her Appalachian twang, intonation, and emotion were perfect. I must admit I listened at 1.25 speed which helped immensely.


    Any additional comments?

    There was more to the book than just a plot. The author clearly researched her subject and it was an interesting learning experience,

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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.

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