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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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    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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    lre410 Houston, TX, United States 09-14-13
    lre410 Houston, TX, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2016

    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 Commerce Twp, MI, United States 06-21-13
    julie0 Commerce Twp, 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 2016

    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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    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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