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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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    Rebecca 05-19-16
    Rebecca 05-19-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Exquisite performance - well done Barbara!"

    Every Spring I read this book...a rite of passage from winter for the past 13 years. This is the first time I listened to the performance - so well done. I heard things I hadn't read before, and the birdsong was perfect.

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    Penny M. Thayer 05-17-16
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    "Enter the world of rural south eastern United States and the people that live there."

    A fun peek into the lives of a backcountry ranger, a recent widow from the city and now learning how to run a farm in the midst of a tight rural family, an elderly former AG teacher looking at the world around him thru cataract foggy eyes and who has a tight grip on his regrets, and his neighbor who has a strong sense and personal responsibility for the earth. It is a story that pulls you into these inner lives by the author who brings the story to life with the voice of the area. Be careful the story is one that you might want to listen to over and over. Our family has.

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    susie 05-14-16
    susie 05-14-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Relaxing, beautiful, and Full of hope"

    This is the third time I have read this book and the first time listening to it. The narration is lovely. The stories are full of hope and positive energy. Listening to this book feels like the sun is warming your back, the cool breeze is gently lifting your hair, and the leaves are whispering their secrets to you.

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    Carlotta Bellinjgham, WA, United States 05-01-16
    Carlotta Bellinjgham, WA, United States 05-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Ha ring read Poison Wood Bible, I was disappointed"

    While the stories are worth telling, I felt it was too disconnected. I did not care for the narrator as well as the one for Poison Wood Bible either.

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    "Wonderful book"

    I was looking for something uplifting and deep. This book was exactly what I needed.

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    "one of the mist enjoyable books ever."

    loved loved loved everything about it. the Narration was beyond superb. kingdom very is a master story teller.

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    "My favorite Barbara Kingsolver book so far!"

    Each storyline is captivating and I had a hard time turning this audio book off. I love Barbara's characters, words and her narration.

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    Allyson Jarvis 12-28-15
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    "A Delightful story."
    Would you listen to Prodigal Summer again? Why?

    A well written and performed (by the author!) novel. Kingsolver can create wonderful pictures with her words that are thoughtful and heartfelt.


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    Courtney 11-02-15
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    "Non-fiction and Fiction in the best combination"

    I love the nature aspects of the story, it really makes you want to move out into the woods. The insect , predator and tree facts are written into the story so well. The characters and story line is fun and keeps you wanting to know more about them. I really want a sequel !

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    Laurine Dabbs 08-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful story, love a sequel!"

    This story is so fabulous for readers who love nature and the interconnected aspects of all life! The characters are so real I wanted to have a sit down meal with some of them. I would love a sequel!

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