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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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Well finally!

A wonderful book mixing the reality of Day to day life and what climate change is really doing. We all need to remember we are destroying our environment!

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Kingsolver

Would you listen to Flight Behavior again? Why?

No, I don't feel like I would need to listen to it again. I rarely re-read books unless I feel like there were a lot of layers or details I may not have picked up the first time. At the speed Kingsolver read, it was hard to miss anything. But I would definitely recommend it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Flight Behavior?

There are too many to count. Kingsolver does an amazing job (as always) vividly describing beautiful and important moments.

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

Josephina. I am not a Spanish speaker, so to the untrained ear, I was impressed by her accent.

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

Not necessarily. I savored it, but I found myself wanting to see what happened next.

Any additional comments?

The story was great. But it was a little slow. From the books I've read of hers, she tends to steer towards unraveling details a little slowly. I found myself being impatient, wanting her to get to the point. That being said, she does unravel the details in a very intentional and elegant way. That would be my only reason for giving it a 4 out of 5.

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Beautiful slice of life

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The book is lovely - full of mystical prose.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Flight Behavior?

The characters are earthy and authentic. Kingsolver's writing is funny, beautiful and profound.

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

She has just the right accent and cadence for this slice of life.

Any additional comments?

A great read by a great author.

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A little slow

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Not a gripping story, but interesting observations on human interactions with one another and the environment. The book started off better than it eventually played out. Will especially be appreciated by green thinkers.

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Had to read it for book club

I really did not like this book. It was incredibly difficult to listen to, using too much imagery for a somewhat boring story. If I did not feel like I had a read it for book club I would've stopped partway through. I did not feel uplifted, enlightened or very educated by the story.

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Slow start and then totally engrossing

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

Magical honest and lovely.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Delarobia...her appreciation of learning and regard of all living things.

Have you listened to any of Barbara Kingsolver’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Had read, first listen.

Who was the most memorable character of Flight Behavior and why?

Preston.

Any additional comments?

Wordsmith, beautiful expressive narrative.

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  • SandyC
  • Nashua, NH, US
  • 06-06-17

Hard to warm up to

Sorry, but the story on climate change was hard to warm up to. It was not a favorite and I don't think I would recommend it. I found it too long. And I didn't like any of the characters-except maybe the young boy Preston. I didn't mind it being a bit preachy because we all need that to bring awareness but the internal story of Dellarobia I found lacking and I was not rooting for her at all. Just not my cup of tea. Maybe after some thought I will be able to see it in a different light but for now I'm not a fan.

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not my favorite book

i struggled to finish this one. the story was a bit didactic at times. i found this annoying, but that is most likely a me problem.

not as good as her other books. it was decent, and i appreciate the work she does. i will read the next book she writes as long as it's not a cookbook.

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Amazing

Rarely have I witnessed an author who is as gifted a narrator as she is a writer. Truly a work of art, top to bottom, beginning to end.

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Kingsolver is a master of nature and human poetry

Kingsolver in her own and unique voice (literally) tells a vivid story of a woman entangled in a life she didn't choose with a sudden swirl of uncommon natural beauty arriving at her door step calling her to fly out into the world. Beautifully written and narrated, I was in a trance throughout. thank you Barbara, again!