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Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media. As the community lines up to judge the woman and her miracle, Dellarobia confronts her family, her church, her town, and a larger world, in a flight toward truth that could undo all she has ever believed.

Flight Behavior takes on one of the most contentious subjects of our time: climate change. With a deft and versatile empathy Kingsolver dissects the motives that drive denial and belief in a precarious world.

©2012 Barbara Kingsolver (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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A Library Must Have!

Would you listen to Flight Behavior again? Why?

Flight Behavior is a book that has stayed with me from the moment I listened to it on Audible. It was a book that I purchased for my own library as well as a gift for both my mother and mother-in-law. There is no questioning that Barbara Kingsolver knows how to write a good story. It's an important subject, told in away that you just can't turn away from. This book is narrated by the author making it easy to listen to. I could focus on the content without being distracted.

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Brillient

Where does Flight Behavior rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top

What about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance did you like?

Warm and believable

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Well no, but I wouldn't consider doing that with any book. But I did, very often, have a hard time shutting it off.

Any additional comments?

My first impression of this story, based on just a few minutes of listening, was: “chick flick”, and I came very close to turning it off and giving it a single star rating; so I could get a refund! I was not up for True Romance! How glad I am that I didn’t do that, because this story turned out to be one of the most entertaining stories I’ve listened to from Audible.

Half way through the book I realized it wasn’t just the telling story of a farm family, revealed in a remarkably warm and realistic way; detailing the most intimate aspects of life on a sheep farm, and inside the workings of a nuclear family struggling to stay afloat; but a story with a message.

That message began to evolve somewhere in the middle of the book, and was inserted so cleverly that it seemed to appear full blown; in an instant, out of nowhere, and with such skill that it did not shatter it’s container; the story that could have very well stood on its own.

I highly recommend this title; in fact, I believe it should be required reading!

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Not as good as previous Barbara Kingsolver

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, it was interesting and good for a long trip.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Global warming and it's impact. the cultural aspect is very interesting, though quite frustrating. Insight to much that is going on today and how isolated areas that are governed by fundamentalist churches, small, suspicious communities, poor access to outside information and lack of belief in science are affecting us all.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes.

Was Flight Behavior worth the listening time?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I was frustrated with this book. Though it would have been unrealistic to expect the changes I would have liked to see, the book stayed true to the area and culture it represented.

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  • mary
  • VENTURA, CA, United States
  • 03-12-14

blah blah blah

Would you try another book from Barbara Kingsolver and/or Barbara Kingsolver?

I have and loved them.

Has Flight Behavior turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not really my genre. But I usually enjoy her books. I was shocked at how bad this book was.

How could the performance have been better?

Her accent seemed to make the people sound simple minded, when they weren't.

Any additional comments?

She rambled sooooo long on stuff I had to fast forward. I dreaded listening to this one.

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Monarch monotony.

What did you like best about Flight Behavior? What did you like least?

I enjoyed learning about the Monarch Butterfly and it's migration pattern. I didn't really think the story surrounding it was very interesting.

If you’ve listened to books by Barbara Kingsolver before, how does this one compare?

I loved her book "The Poisonwood Bible" but that's the only other one I've read. This was not nearly as good.

Do you think Flight Behavior needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

Any additional comments?

Really nothing special about this book. I would not recommend it to friends.

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Another Story about How People Ruin The World

I waited a long time before I got this book. It looked interesting but without a little more detail, I should have known better. It took several starts but I finally got through it. I am not an environmentalist but I know there are some things that humans are responsible for messing up in this world. I don't like to read a book for enjoyment and find a lecture on how we are ruining the earth. Maybe it is true, maybe not, but don't expect me to enjoy a lecture when I am looking for an enjoyable story.

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Fiction--but fine writing & a learning experience

What did you love best about Flight Behavior?

As the main character learns about the butterflies, she discovers herself.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I was raised in the north so I'd like to have seen a more realistic approach to dressing for the weather, tromping around in cold and snow.

What does Barbara Kingsolver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Kingsolver has such a sense of place. She knows the lives, the social problems and the strengths of the people of Appalachia. Since she herself reads the work, she does the local accents so well.

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

Taking wing

Any additional comments?

I agree with critics who have called the work a bit preachy on environmental/ecology/education issues, but it is still a wonderful read, and I cared about the main characters.

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  • jz
  • 11-19-13

Don't Quit Reading

What did you love best about Flight Behavior?

It's a very important novel about real world concerns about climate change. Slow to get into but worth the effort.

What did you like best about this story?

While a novel, the story educates one about the monarch butterflies flight and plight as well as the world's current precarious hold.

Any additional comments?

Read by the author makes it a bit more special.

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  • Kelly
  • Lincoln, NE, United States
  • 10-26-13

Moments of truth knit into a compelling story

I loved this. I work in a climate-related field and I really appreciated how she embedded science in a completely engaging story. Yes, it was ever so slightly didactic, but the emotional truth-telling more than made up for it, as planetary change whirled individual lives into larger patterns and brought different segments of society together. It worked well as an audiobook because each moment and scene stood on its own, and the slower pace than reading allowed me to savor the fine word choices. Never did I have to try to remind myself who a character was or where they fit into the plot. Kingsolver's voice also turns out to be perfectly pitched and paced to read her own work. I loved it. Did I say that?

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Surprisingly fresh take on a otherwise hard topic

If you could sum up Flight Behavior in three words, what would they be?

I was hesitant to read this book, in spite of the positive reviews. It seated on my wish list for a while. Every time I had to choose a book, I would glance at it, read its description and would eventually move down the list and listen to another one. The reviews were positive, but I just couldn't conjure up the fact that a book dealing with climate change could be interesting. I finally gave it a try and just loved the story from the beginning to the end. Yes, it deals with hard science and religious believes without being preaching, but showing truly compassion to the world and others. The analogies are something else, subtle and profound at the same time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character's wisdom makes the reader (listener) see the world through her lonely and loving heart.

Which character – as performed by Barbara Kingsolver – was your favorite?

The narrator, Barbara Kingsolver, is the true soul of this story. In fact, I am trying to find other books narrated by her.

Any additional comments?

The book makes you wonder whether we sometimes forget that behind facts, science, religious beliefs there are human beings flighting from a place inside them no one else knows.