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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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    Star Woodward 03-27-15
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    "Barbara reading Barbara is so very satisfying."

    I've read this book before, and really enjoyed it. Now, years later, listening to the author read it herself, I'm moved all over again. I'm going to get every book that she's read herself.

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    Linda L. Daniels 03-26-15
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    "One of the best to listen to: Prodigal Summer"

    I recommend this book to anyone who will listen as my favorite audio book listening experience. It is a perfect blend of an interesting and heartwarming story told by the author in her own perfectly suited voice.

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    Susan WEST CHESTER, OH, United States 03-15-15
    Susan WEST CHESTER, OH, United States 03-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Slow but sticks with you"

    I read this book for a class. I'm not a Kingsolver fan; her books always go too slow for me. This one crawled along at her normal glacial pace. One thing I wish they had changed on the recording was using the bird sounds in between each chapter – the bird sounds were fine but they were way too loud. I think what people like about Kingsolver is the character development and I did enjoy getting to know the three characters. I'm sure Kingsolver fans will enjoy this book but if you're on the fence about Kingsolver, read something else.

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    Water Rat 02-14-15
    Water Rat 02-14-15
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    "An amazing journey I did not want to end"

    I don't know exactly why I cried when this story ended. I was not saddened by any means, but rather deeply moved. Barbara K is an amazing narrator as well as writer. I imagine she has that special insight from living the story as the writer. I want to live on that mountain, and chase goats on the farm. Barbara has that magic that has you living the moments and sitting down with the characters. I would love to read how these lives progress. I beg for a sequel pleas!

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    Lisa Lizton, India 11-30-14
    Lisa Lizton, India 11-30-14 Member Since 2010

    I love thrillers!! Harlan Coben, Lee Child, Michael Connolley, John Sanford, David Baldacci, and others! These authors can make a long road trip very enjoyable!

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    "Strong Women, Interesting Story, Compelling Listen"
    Would you listen to Prodigal Summer again? Why?

    I would listen to Prodigal Summer again because of the character development, plot, and interactions between all the characters. Even when you think there aren't ties, there are.


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

    A memorable moment is when Lusa decides to adopt her sister-in-law's children. She has moved from feeling like a complete outsider to someone who is an integral member of the family. The transformation is subtle and catches her off gaurd.


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

    I have listened to The Poisonwood Bible and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Prodigal Summer compares favorably to both those books. The Poisonwood Bible is my favorite so far. I listened to it two times, back to back. I enjoyed it even more the second time!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    August Osage County - Only with ultimately happy, understanding families who learn to work through their issues.


    Any additional comments?

    Barbara Kingsolver clearly enjoys what she is writing about and it comes through in the plot. Her books are a very interesting way to learn about people, places and things. While the context may be fictional, there is a lot going on to learn.

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    Beth S. Harris 11-02-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A vehicle for nature's pulpit"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, there is some lovely language in it and I am an advocate for all of the saving nature principles, but it was too preachy for me. I read a book to be entertained and have really enjoyed Ms. Kimgsolver's other stories, especially The Poisonwood Bible. This one seemed to be contrived to get her points across.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Barbara Kingsolver? Why or why not?

    Yes, but not if she's narrating it. There are some really good narrators out ther and I wish she would go In that direction instead.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes, unfortunately... I love the concept of the author reading their own story, but Ms Kingsolver doesn't have the voice for it. I enjoyed the birdsong as I felt like I was in the woods!


    Was Prodigal Summer worth the listening time?

    I would have liked it better had she developed her characters more.


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    Adrianne 08-29-14
    Adrianne 08-29-14
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    "It finally came together for me."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not without giving them a heads up on how it reads. It was a bit confusing for me at first to follow along but it finally came together in the end.


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    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 08-24-14
    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 08-24-14
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    "Totally enjoyed this book - but not for everyone!"
    What did you love best about Prodigal Summer?

    I loved the three ongoing stories and I loved Garnet. What a prude.


    What about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance did you like?

    I thought Ms. Kingsolver did a great job with the narration. I really enjoyed her inflection and her southern accent.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to say that I was hoping for a different ending. Each story line wrapped up - sort of - but not completely. I almost feel like Ms. Kingslover needed to just finish the book and I thought it could have gone on a little longer and wrapped up a little better.

    This book is not for everyone. You need an appreciation of nature. Ms. Kingslover had to do an incredible amount of research to write this book. I learned a lot. I really enjoyed this book and I'm sure I'll listen to it again.

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    Susan Laurel, United States Minor Outlying Islands 04-04-14
    Susan Laurel, United States Minor Outlying Islands 04-04-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Rich and bountiful"
    What made the experience of listening to Prodigal Summer the most enjoyable?

    Barbara Kingsolver can tell a story! In this case she tells three stories over the course of the book and her use of language is both precise and evocative. She writes really, really well. The stories in this book manifest a love for humanity and the earth that makes the reading very enjoyable.


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

    This book reminds me of Flight Behavior, though I think I like this even better. For some reason it also reminds me of something by Jane Smiley.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My most favorite, in which I laughed out loud, was the last scene between Mr. Walker and Nanny. And I loved how the stories came together.


    If you could rename Prodigal Summer, what would you call it?

    Pollinating


    Any additional comments?

    There are a few sex scenes that you might not want to play in the car with young children, but they would receive a good education on pollination.

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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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