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.
"Readers will be seduced by [Kingsolver's] effortless prose." (Publishers Weekly)
Life's good when I am listening to a great book.
Unfortuntely, Barbara Kingsolver did a better job of educating readers about the dangers of allowing species to become extinct than to create a work of fiction. The characters all sounded the same, the book moved along slowly, the characters were poorly developed, and, though the descriptions of nature were often beautiful, the storyline just did not keep the reader interested. I am a nature lover and still could not enjoy this book.
Listening to authors read is usually not as satisfying as listening to a trained reader, but Barbara's voice and natural regional accents were perfect.
The strong female characters and accurate up-to-date scientific information about predators and ecology presented in an entertaining way.
I loved the leisurely way she read, and her use of authentic regional accents.
Coyotes Are Not the Devil!
I listen to books on tape typically about 10 or more hours a week during my commute time. A good book makes you kind of forget your driving!
When I first saw it was read by author I worried bu she was perfect!
The banter between the two elderly neighbors
Over too soon. build up slow ending too quick.
Although I've read this book through several times, listening to it was a novel (sorry) experience. Each word entered my mind more clearly, each word chosen with care, and built the sensory drama of life all around me.
I enjoyed the author's reading of her own work very much. I remembered having read her essay "taming the two-humped beast,' if I remember right, about writing this book. She generated for me a lavish sense of summer and of the inter-connectedness of all life; deeply refreshing from my arid plot in the now cold, grey Karoo winter.
This is such a good story, intersecting four main characters, their personal struggles and their need for each other. It is about personal relationships, love, maturity, growth, change, coyotes, and so much more. I loved all the characters and was lonesome for them when the book ended. The story is in many ways simple but at the same time complex. It is about personal growth and changes in each of the characters, how differences in us make us unique and can bring us together. I also liked the author's narration. She has a slow pace which fits the story well. And, I always love Barbara Kingsolvers books, She has a great gift for story and words that bring the story and characters to life.
Barbara Kingsolver's voice
The way the three stories blended together
Her intimacy with the story. She mad each character come alive in a way the written story could not.
I have read and listened to the book a dozen times and I laugh and cry each and every time.
My all time favorite author.
I am easily amused!
I read this book every Spring. It never gets old. The book has three separate stories that intertwine. There are a pair of characters in each segment that are fun and unique and really well developed. I always get sad when the story shifts to the next set of characters but then I am swept into their drama immediatly. There is all sorts of wonderful themes that were nature based like entomology, organic farming, the cycle of the seasons, and indigenous wildlife. This book is a real treat.
Very strong narration and it was worth the listen. Kingsolver is an incredible author, though this is my least favorite of her books I've read. (poisonwood bible, bean trees, pigs in heaven!!) The plot was a little slow at times and it has nowhere near the complexity and stunning beauty of some of her others. Still very well written though. The characters had depth and were really the most interesting element, and I liked gradually discovering how they were interconnected.
The ending was horrible!! It just ended suddenly. I double checked to see if I missed downloading the end of the book because I couldn't believe she really ended it with so many loose ends just sitting there unfinished. But no, I did download the whole book and was mad that I was wasted my money. I loved Poisonwood Bible, but this one is not nearly as good. I am not anti-environmental, but this book is a bit too tree-huggerish for me. If you want a lesson on organic farming, moth mating, and the predator/prey relationship in the wild, than this is the book for you.
Finished the story
Some people said they didn't like her voice, but I thought it was fine. I didn't mind listening to it.
I liked the interpersonal relationships between the characters but, then again, they were left hanging.
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