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Prodigal Summer Audiobook

Prodigal Summer

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Publisher's Summary

Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

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.

What the Critics Say

"Readers will be seduced by [Kingsolver's] effortless prose." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kathy 01-04-13
    Kathy 01-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "No plot"
    What was most disappointing about Barbara Kingsolver’s story?

    If you're looking for a general lesson on ecological systems, then this book might be for you. If you're looking for a story with a plot, then skip this. Oddly enough, although there was no story at all, I ended up listening to the whole thing, (maybe hoping something would happen?)


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barbara Kingsolver?

    Two stars may be a little harsh. When I first started listening I really had a problem with the narration, but as it went on, it kind of grew on me. I don't think I'd want to listen to her narrate books other than her own, but at least as the writer she knew what inflections she wanted.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. As a scientist it was nice to see someone extolling the virtues of predator ecology, organic farming, and conserving species, but I would have preferred to have it wrapped in a story that had a point.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Beverley Zabow Neve Poleg, Netanya Israel 03-20-09
    Beverley Zabow Neve Poleg, Netanya Israel 03-20-09 Member Since 2005

    A bookwordm

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    "The Best"

    No one writes like Barbara Kingsolver...loved it. She also has a great reading voice. Wish they had more of her books on Audible.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany adams center, NY, United States 05-07-12
    Tiffany adams center, NY, United States 05-07-12
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    "LOVE LOVE LOVE"

    I absolutely adore Barbara Kingsolver as a writer and a narrator. Don't listen to anyone that says she as a writer should not be the narrator. I think this makes her more apt to be THE narrator because she knows where the ennunciations should be and the tone of the actual book. I LOVE the song bird audio between chapters. I have read the book various times I just love listening to her read her book the way it was meant to be read. A definite must.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Prsilla 09-30-10
    Prsilla 09-30-10 Member Since 2016

    Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.

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    "Top of the List Classic!"

    This is such a good book -- and for many repeated listens! -- that I'm afraid the more I say the more I might turn off someone deciding whether or not to listen to it. Nevertheless, I am going to listen again and again. I am going to burn the CD's for my Russian ESL student and give her the hardcover book to follow. Aside from anything else Kingsolver has written, this book stands by itself as a masterpiece and a rich and lovely listen. The author reads gently, calmly, not hurried. She can sound like a hillbilly or the educated woman she is. Some passages sound like a textbook or propaganda, because each character feels strongly about one aspect of creation. The listener gets to watch them interact with the world and each other. You can listen to find out what happens next. Then listen again for the poetry and relish the birdsong between chapters. Listen for the layers of meaning. There's a surprise for whoever listens to the last chapter and immediately begins the first chapter again. Lovely!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andy 09-15-09
    Andy 09-15-09

    Andy

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    "This story sticks in my mind"

    I've listened to this book twice, several years apart, and the same experience each time: slow to start, then it spirals, hunts and pounce. This is the only author-narrated book I've recommended to friends because Kingsolver's mountain voice is sly, wonderous and just about a perfect match for Prodigal Summer. I miss some of the characters, am glad for their successes. I love the overflowing bounty that slowly builds and erupts. It's the ordinariness that transforms into special.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    delrey 06-28-06
    delrey 06-28-06 Member Since 2013
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    "Odd but wonderful"

    I enjoy listening to books read by the author (when they can read well, which Kingsolver *does*).

    This is really a lovely book and kept my interest better than other books written with this structure -- which is that it switches back and forth between 3 different stories of 3 differenet people, only related during the story by living in the same area.

    Also, though I personally agree with Kingsolver's point of view, I think she comes off as a tiny bit too preachy or self satified in her essays. Here she manages to present her point of view in an interesting manner, without sacraficing the story. By making the story partly about the conflicts her characters run into because of their points of view, they are the story, instead of being interjected like vitamin shots.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Albert Joseph Izzo, Jr. UTICA, NY, US 08-10-15
    Albert Joseph Izzo, Jr. UTICA, NY, US 08-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "for women only"

    I read this for a discussion group. I found it very upsetting. the female characters were all smart and in control while the male characters were clueless. I guessed the outcomes of the three plots very early and I was not satisfied with the ending. it reminded me of "Steel Magnolias ". it should have a warning label "Women Only".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. R. Drinkwine 07-09-15 Member Since 2002

    M.R. Drinkwine

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    "I missed the plot."

    struggled to finish, wasn't sure what the point of the stories was other than to discuss hownorganic farming is better but harder.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 06-10-15
    Linda 06-10-15 Member Since 2008

    :)

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    "disappointing"

    I think "The Poisonwood Bible" is one of the best books I've ever read so I thought I would be very pleased with this purchase. In my opinion this book was good until it's very abrupt end. None of the fibers of the story were truly brought together. It seemed like Kingsolver completed a certain number of pages and simply stopped writing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan WEST CHESTER, OH, United States 03-15-15
    Susan WEST CHESTER, OH, United States 03-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Slow but sticks with you"

    I read this book for a class. I'm not a Kingsolver fan; her books always go too slow for me. This one crawled along at her normal glacial pace. One thing I wish they had changed on the recording was using the bird sounds in between each chapter – the bird sounds were fine but they were way too loud. I think what people like about Kingsolver is the character development and I did enjoy getting to know the three characters. I'm sure Kingsolver fans will enjoy this book but if you're on the fence about Kingsolver, read something else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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