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Prodigal Summer Audiobook

Prodigal Summer

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Publisher's Summary

Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

Down the mountain, another web of lives unfolds as Lusa Maluf Landowski, a bookish city girl turned farmer's wife, finds herself in a strange place where she must declare or lose her attachment to the land that has become her own. And a few more miles down the road, a pair of elderly, feuding neighbors tend their respective farms and wrangle about God, pesticides, and the possibilities the future holds.

Over the course of one long summer, these characters find connections to one another, and to the land, and the final, urgent truth that humans are only one piece of life on earth.

©2000 Barbara Kingsolver; (P)2000 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Readers will be seduced by [Kingsolver's] effortless prose." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Margaret 10-02-13
    Margaret 10-02-13
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    "Fast paced intriguing story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. You will be a better person for having read it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writing. The perfectly painted portrait of love, loss, and love amid a sea of cool imagery and strong characters.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Kingsolver’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    If you could take any character from Prodigal Summer out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The old guy so I could ring his neck and then kiss his cheek.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved it.

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    lre410 Houston, TX, United States 09-14-13
    lre410 Houston, TX, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2012

    Interested in geneaology, history and writing

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    "Earth Mother"
    Where does Prodigal Summer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks very high but I expected nothing less from Barbara Kingsolver


    What other book might you compare Prodigal Summer to and why?

    Her ability to relate to and describe nature is not like another author I have found.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    That would be like choosing a favorite child.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Will look for the title by this author.

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    Andrea rogue river, OR, United States 08-03-13
    Andrea rogue river, OR, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Worthy of your credit and more!! You will love it!"
    Where does Prodigal Summer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    # ONE!!!


    What other book might you compare Prodigal Summer to and why?

    It is a one of a kind book.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Kingsolver’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I loved it the most of all of her books , this and the Lacuna.


    If you could take any character from Prodigal Summer out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Oh gosh,all of them! We would have a country potluck on the farm.I love all of the characters so much.


    Any additional comments?

    This book stayed with me for days.i felt lonely when it was over and Kingsolvers Narration is soft and sweet and I want her to read every book to me for the rest of my life!

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    julie0 waterford, MI, United States 06-21-13
    julie0 waterford, MI, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Booooring! Zzzzzz!"

    Wow, I really had high expectations of this book after reading the reviews. What a dissapointment. First, the author should really leave narrating to professionals. It was painful to listen to and all of the characters sounded the same. Second, the characters were just uninteresting and I became quite apatheic about what happened to them. The stories just dragged on without any real plot development. I actually struggled to finish listening to it. I won't be listening to another book by this author. I definitely prefer a little more excitement, or, at least, more exciting characters in my books.

    P.S. The bird noises became increasingly obnoxious

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    J. Howard SAVOY, IL, US 04-28-13
    J. Howard SAVOY, IL, US 04-28-13 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Wonderful Work"
    What did you love best about Prodigal Summer?

    The complexity and realness of the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nothing I did not like


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Kingsolver’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Poisonwood Bible, I really liked the Prodigal Summer much more. The writing was just as good, but I became much more invested in these characters.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Truly well written piece of work. Takes place in Appalachia and follows the lives of 4 different individuals. She weaves the culture, vernacular, and landscape into a story that gives you an appreciation of a way of life we probably don't give enough respect to.

    I love that Barbara did the audio her own slow southern accent really adds to the story and I appreciate knowing I am hearing the work as she meant for it to be heard.

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    Tonya 04-20-13
    Tonya 04-20-13
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    "DO Not Buy"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Horrible book. Like listening to someone read bad poetry.


    What was most disappointing about Barbara Kingsolver’s story?

    Everything. The sounds in the background were horrible Who needs to have birds chriping when someone is reading.


    How could the performance have been better?

    To never have preformed at all.


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

    NO


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    jack lichtenstein 04-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    "The Garden of Eden"

    It is easy to love this book. It describes the world as it should be and can be. Mrs. Kinsolver has transposed the garden of Eden to Zebulon National Forest with its denizens being Eve (Dianna Wolfe), Adam (Eddie Bondo) and a big black snake.Also, there are other nature lovers such as Lucia Maloof Landowski Widenor- a moth biologist transposed to an Egg Fork farm and Garnett Walker the third and Nanny Rolley. All of these characters are interwoven. There are no bad people or creatures in this book, only gods creations doing what they were supposed to do in the way he intended, despite the intentions of Man to disrupt his order. Along the way we learn about coyotes and their amazing survival instincts, moth life cycles and the advantages of farming without pesticides. Every page is crammed full of biology, including reading animal scat, phermomes, insect life cycles, goat biology the history of the American chestnut tree and the blight which destroyed the species and the ecosystem order with predators at the top of the chain. The book is written as three separate threads, Predators, Moth love and Old Chestnuts.The premise is that we are all driven by our hormones and the need to reproduce and we are powerless to alter natures blue print. The book is like a Wordsworth poem written in the Appalachian twang of Tennessee. I have listened to the book twice and read major reviews, and none of the reviews captures the beauty and magnificence of the descriptions of nature, science, and biology as described by Mrs. Kingsolver. This is the most Romantic and loving book I have ever listened to, especially as read by Mrs. Kingsolver.

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    alison glen allen, VA, United States 04-01-13
    alison glen allen, VA, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "All-time favorite book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would (and have) recommend this book (both audible and print) to many friends. I listen to it annually -- usually at the beginning of summer -- and fall in love with it all over again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Prodigal Summer?

    Having the author read to story is wonderful!


    What about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance did you like?

    It feels like sitting with a friend and listening to her tell you a story about her life.


    Who was the most memorable character of Prodigal Summer and why?

    My favorite character is Lusa!


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    L. Hontz Churubusco,IN USA 01-19-13
    L. Hontz Churubusco,IN USA 01-19-13 Member Since 2012

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    "One of my all time favorites"
    What did you love best about Prodigal Summer?

    I love how the three characters are connected in the story but not in the story line.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story of nature and humans - how we are all connected and all important.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Kingsolver’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my favorite and I have listened to it many times - especially in the summer!


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

    I love when the old man and old lady come together. I am so touched too by the widow adopting the two children and saving the farm - so touching!


    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite of her books - I have read or tried to read all of her books - and I love it every time I listen. I also learned a lot about coyotes and bugs!

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    Charlyne 01-12-13
    Charlyne 01-12-13

    avid reader, love nature

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    "Trashy"
    What disappointed you about Prodigal Summer?

    Usually the writer has decent story, this one...not so decent.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Hope Kingslover will clean up her stories.


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

    Only if it isn't trashy porn


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

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Why does the author think we want to be listening to an older woman be seduced by a younger man, young enough to be her son?

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