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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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Outstanding!

This was a fascinating and very educational listen. One of my top two books of this year. Brilliant in every way

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Majestic

This book is a woven masterpiece. There are lines in it that I have repeated so often in my head that I have forgotten they aren't common colloquialisms.

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Trying to create bridges

This is a great book for all to read. It is putting perspectives on how people think about an environmental issue. A book that puts Strangers in their Own Land by Arlie Russell Horchild into a touching relatable story. How people think from different sides and how the media can influence people's opinions (right or wrong).

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Wonderful storytelling

I loved the simple yet profoundly human story of this family and its struggles. The dialogue is spot on. Great narration. Great book.

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Great Characters, But A Lot of Science

I really enjoyed the Poisonwood Bible, so I thought I'd give this novel a shot. The characters were fantastic. Everyone had a distinct personality and I thought Barbara Kingsolver did a great job narrating. Her accents made me chuckle a bit. There was a lot of butterfly botany/science contained within the story and I found myself getting a little bored and distracted with it all. I didn't think ALL of that info was necessary for the story. If you're really into butterflies, you'll love it. If not, be patient...it will pass. I'd still recommend the book.

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Author as narrator!

I generally shy way from books written by the author with the exception of autobiographies which are best told by their subjects. Barbara Kingsolver would have never found a narrator half as good as she is narrating her own book! This story seemed a bit shallow at first, but evolved into a life story from which we can all relate to on one of its many lessons. I'm a forever fan!

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Awful

I am about to do author Kingsolver a disservice, and write a review before I have finished her book.

The characters are so dull and absolutely uninteresting that I don't care what happens to any of them.

The deal-breaker, however, is Kingsolver's slo-mo narration. It is irritating beyond words and makes me want to tell her to just get on with it! Speed up and spit it out!

Teeth-grindingly awful.

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  • Kim
  • Brush, CO, USA
  • 10-01-17

Poignant, timely, absorbing.

Barbara Kingsolver is one of the finest living writers, and this story of a Tennessee farm couple confronting global climate change doesn't disappoint. the characters are fully formed and relatable; culture clash is in context. the gentle satire and social messaging are never preachy , and never interfere with the story. she also narrates her work well.
An enjoyable listen.

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Dance With the Future

Being a longtime fan of Ms. Kingsolver, I had little doubt that I would enjoy this book. However, I had no idea it would change my way of thinking. I wept at completion, even though I knew it had to be. What a journey! I feel like flying!

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  • Tracy
  • Newton Iowa
  • 09-25-17

Thought provoking novel by a gifted author.

This book, by an author I was happy to find again after reading The Bean Trees in college, has given me pause. Though at times there was more detail than I wanted or felt I needed, it was a wonderful story that has caused me to stop and think about how I live in the world.