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)
Usually the writer has decent story, this one...not so decent.
Hope Kingslover will clean up her stories.
Only if it isn't trashy porn
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?
I loved The Poisonwood Bible almost more than any other book I've read. But I couldn't listen to this book because the author reads her own words with an exaggerated hush and awe that I found too annoying. Combine that with a book that sets out to teach moral lessons, and it just becomes too much. The problem isn't that her moral values are different from mine--they aren't--but writing fiction to teach lessons, rather than tell stories, doesn't often make for great fiction.
I've listened to this book ever spring for almost a decade I think! It's phenomenal. Barbara Kingsolver is a master and the characters are incredibly well-developed and lovable. The book is sexy without being the kind of thing you are uncomfortable listening to at the gym. It's inspiring and the bird sounds between the chapter are a delight. If you've never listened to Kingsolver, this is a great introduction and if you've read her other books, you won't be disappointed by this one.
As an author interested in reading his own work, as well as a Kingsolver fan, I had to try this audiobook. My wife read the print version twice already, and I was having trouble getting into the non-audio version. But when I heard Kingsolver's lovely reading voice, and the subtle way she adapted each character's voice -- especially the southern folks from the mountain, which were NOT cliched Southerners' voices, thank goodness -- I was hooked. I looked forward to my commutes so I could hear more about Lusa, Eddie Bondo, the chestnuts, and the coyotes. That last chapter is exquisite.
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.
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