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  • The Overstory

  • By: Richard Powers
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 22 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fable that range from antebellum New York to the late 20th-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. An air force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits 100 years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light. A hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astonishingly powerful writing.

  • By Alexandria on 04-18-18

Book is a master piece....narration though is aweful

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I would and am recommending this book to those who would appreciate it....to read! Not to listen too. This was a my book club’s selection and I was hoping to listen to it on my frequent long drives. Unfortunately, I could not listen to it and instead bought the book and read it. Beautiful writing and excellent, provocative story. The narrator, however, tried to play all the parts of the many characters...including trying to mimic the way a deaf person (one of the main characters) might talk. She tried using the voice of men, women, young, old, country, well educated, not so much so, what ever ethnicity, etc. The book would have been so much better served if she had just read it! Granted it would be a difficult book to read and keep your audience with you since you could easily lose track of who’s speaking. Perhaps a cast of readers could have done it justice. Regardless, this narrators voice was not particularly pleasant to the ear ... especially when trying to mimic accents and other variations in verbal communication. If you want to experience this great work....just read it yourself! You will savor every word like a box of delicious chocolates. I thank the author for his wonderful gift!

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